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Former US vice-president Joe Biden in stills from a video in which he pledges to be “more mindful about respecting personal space in the future”. Photograph:  Joe Biden/Handout via Reuters.

This week the Democratic race to become the party’s nominee in next year’s presidential election took an uncomfortable turn as Joe Biden came face to (...)

Centrist Democrat Beto O’Rourke, adherent of the “Oprah Winfrey school of positive thinking”. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

When Barack Obama launched his White House bid 12 years ago, he already had a library of well-crafted policies. Some were bold. Others were small-bore(...)

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and her husband George Conway: Mr Trump called Mr Conway a “whack job”  after he questioned the US president’s mental health in a tweet.  Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

US president Donald Trump doubled down on his criticism of the late senator John McCain on Tuesday in a speech in Ohio, saying he “wasn’t a fan”. Spea(...)

Michael Cohen listens as he finishes a day of testimony to the House Oversight  Committee  in Washington on Wednesday. If Cohen is a rat, Trump is the mafia boss who gets ratted on in the end. Photograph:  J Scott Applewhite/AP)

It was not just the inherent drama of the occasion that made Michael Cohen’s testimony to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on We(...)

RIP: Dolores O’Riordan, Aretha Franklin, Myrtle Allen and Stephen Hawking. Photographs: Tim Roney/Getty, Fred A Sabine/NBC via Getty, Eric Luke and Santi Visalli/Getty

Ireland Dolores O’Riordan in 2007. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien January 15th Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan February 9th Form(...)

Former US presidents  George W Bush (centre), Barack Obama, (second left),  George HW Bush (far left), Bill Clinton, (second right), and Jimmy Carter (right) in the Oval Office of the White House on January  7th, 2009. George H.W. Bush, the  president who fashioned a restrained response to the Soviet Union’s collapse has died. He was 94. Photograph:  Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W Bush have led tributes to George HW Bush, the 41st US president who died on Friday at the age of (...)

John Wayne as Ethan Edwards in John Ford’s film, The Searchers. “Ford and Wayne forged an identity for America that lasted for decades.” Photograph: AP/Warner Bros

My older brother Michael taught me many things. He taught me to hold vinyl records gingerly at the edges, so I wouldn’t smudge them, and how to wipe (...)

Democratic senators-elect Kyrsten Sinema  and Jacky Rosen  walk to the office of Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer for a meeting at the US Capitol on Tuesday.   Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

Just over a week after Americans went to the polls in the midterm elections, the incoming members of Congress arrived in Washington on Tuesday for “or(...)

Lauren Kern, the editor-in-chief of Apple News, at a story meeting at Apple’s old headquarters in Cupertino, California. Justin Kaneps/The New York Times

Many of Apple’s employees moved into a glistening new $5 billion (€4.4 billion) glass headquarters in Cupertino, California, this year. A mile west, a(...)

The late Roger Ailes, co-founder of Fox News, who resigned from the cable network in 2016 after 20 years in charge of it. Photograph: Angel Franco/New York Times

As long as I’ve covered US politics, Republicans have been trying to scare me. Sometimes, it has been about gays and transgender people and uppity wom(...)

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