Author Michael Wolff: nearly everyone in the White House who spoke to him for his book, Fire and Fury, thought someone else had approved their participation. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Author Michael Wolff’s pitch to the White House to win co-operation for his book included a working title that signalled a sympathetic view and a coun(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden listens to secretary of state Hillary Clinton at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington in February 2010. According to Double Down by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, President Barack Obama’s top aides secretly considered replacing Biden with Clinton on the 2012 ticket in late 2011, when Mr. Obama’s re-election outlook appeared uncertain. Photograph: Luke Sharrett/The New York Times

There is a hilarious episode in a new tell-all book about the 2012 presidential election, a tome that has buzzed Washington this past week, that shows(...)