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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, president Joe Biden’s nominee to the Supreme Court, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Photograph: Sarahbeth Maney/The New York Times

A snarling pack of white male Republicans ripping apart a poised, brainy black woman at a US Senate judiciary committee hearing, using sordid innuendo(...)

Sarah Paliin: suing the New York Times over a 2017 opinion piece. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Readers may not have heard or thought about Sarah Palin in a while. Palin is the former governor of Alaska who was plucked by John McCain from being (...)

A Covid-19 protest by business owners, South Korea-style. Photograph: Ahn Young-joon/AP

Image of the week: Omicron cut In South Korea, shaving your head has long been seen as a form of protest, a way of signifying your commitment to a ca(...)

 Arizona senator Kyrsten Sinema: an enigma in US politics. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times

In her 2009 treatise, Unite and Conquer, Kyrsten Sinema suggests “letting go of the bear and picking up the Buddha”. An English translation, which is (...)

Former US president George W Bush: Described his position as “border enforcement with a compassionate touch”.Photograph: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Within months of Donald Trump’s surprise election victory in November 2016, a new T-shirt began to appear at vendor stalls across America. “Miss me y(...)

Garth Brooks at Croke Park. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Sometimes you just have to agree with Garth Brooks. No, not when he shows up in boots and ruins your black-tie affair. When he thanks God for unanswer(...)

Larry King interviewed a host of world leaders over a long career, including Russian president  Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Lorenzo Bevilaqua/CNN

Larry King, the broadcast interviewer whose non-confrontational style attracted celebrities and newsmakers as guests and made him the star of a top-r(...)

US president Donald Trump will leave Washington on Wednesday morning, hours before the inauguration of his Democratic successor Joe Biden. Photographs: Jim Watson and Angela Weiss / AFP

President Donald Trump wasn’t wrong about everything. That sort of statement can get a writer into trouble, so needs explanation. And – this shouldn’t(...)

US president-elect Joe Biden: His strong performance in the suburbs was the big positive for Democrats in this election. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski

As Joe Biden prepares to become the 46th president of the United States and the dust settles on last week’s elections, attention is turning to the per(...)

A person holds Donald Trump baby balloons in  San Francisco, California on Saturday. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

We expected more of Donald Trump. An epic, Jack Nicholson-in-the-Overlook-Hotel meltdown, not just Rose Garden-variety mewling. A conspiracy with gran(...)

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