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US president Donald Trump: The Trump economy is outperforming the Obama administration’s forecasts of growth of 2.4 per cent and 2.3 per cent in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Mystic, Connecticut is one of those beautiful New England fishing villages, all wooden clapboards and two-storey homes. US flags fly from at least hal(...)

Author Philip Roth in New York in September 15th, 2010. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

Philip Roth, who died on Tuesday at the age of 85, was a prolific, protean and often blackly comic novelist who was a pre-eminent figure in 20th centu(...)

Dublin’s Michael Darragh McAuley and Paul Mannion in action against Kerry’s Ronan Shanahan and David Moran last April. Dublin get their season under way against Kildare in Croke Park tonight. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“The days are short, the sun a spark. Hung thin between the dark and dark.” That was John Updike’s take on January. Updike was more a golf man, truth (...)

Those in the smaller crowd on Tuesday night, the one that stayed to see the wrecked Irish players leave the field, can at least say: I was there, all the way. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Many thousands of Republic of Ireland fans felt that they couldn’t bear to stay until the bitter end of the Tuesday night’s reality check by the ice-c(...)

Judith Jones: as a young editorial assistant at Doubleday in Paris she rescued The Diary of Anne Frank from a pile of rejects and persuaded her superiors to publish it in the United States.

Judith Jones, the editor who discovered Julia Child and advanced a generation of culinary writers that revolutionised cooking and tastes in American h(...)

Among the best short story writers (top row): John Cheever, Eudora Welty, Raymond Carver; (Bottom row): Ron Rash, Flannery O’Connor and Richard Ford

And the rocket’s red glare. The bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there From The Star Spangled Banner (1814)(...)

Father’s Day: Ollie Clerkin in 1975. The pipe wasn’t an affectation, but the rest of it – the GAA kneel, the flexed arm, the ever-so-slight hint of a smirk – is surely a put-on

Malachy Clerkin on his father, Oliver I had never seen this photograph before Mam dug it out for me, last week, and now I can’t stop looking at it. H(...)

The  Boston twee party. Photograph: Angela Rowlings/AP

You want some high-end trolling? You want another of those stories that seems deliberately designed to provoke decent people into floods of rage? Huh?(...)

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone celebrates a goal in their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. Photo: TF-Images/Getty Images

When they start feeling sorry for you: that’s when you really need to worry. Towards the end of Arséne Wenger’s press conference after Arsenal had bee(...)

The media gathered beneath the US flag at a Hillary Clinton event in New York on election night. Photograph: Elsa/Getty Images

It’s over and nobody really won because the United States has lost so much dignity, honour, respect and hope – qualities that matter more than wealth.(...)

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