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For people living in poverty, cash may be a much more effective mental health treatment than anything pharmacology has invented. Photograph: iStock

When did the biggest reduction in poverty in the history of the United States take place? During the New Deal era of the 1930s, when Franklin Roosevel(...)

US president Joe Biden speaks on Tuesday about the ongoing evacuation in Afghanistan. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

No, the western alliance is not about to break up. And America is not about to drift off into some isolationist reverie. Afghanistan is too peripheral(...)

Joe Biden reacts to a question from a journalist, following a press conference about Covid-19  vaccination efforts, at the White House  on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

As rumpuses go in calm, post-Trump Washington, it will have to do. This summer, Catholic bishops discussed withholding communion from no less a person(...)

Barack Obama at the White House cinema. Photograph: Pete Souza/US National Archives

Naturally the first cinema release you will want to see after 15 months of death, chaos and upended lives is a movie about death, chaos and upended li(...)

US president Joe Biden has proved, within scarcely two months, to be an energetic and ambitious progressive who has begun to reshape the US, specifically the role of the state. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Joe Biden has surprised friends and foes. He was seen during the election as a cautious centrist, whose Trump-imposed nickname “Sleepy Joe” captured a(...)

 US president Joe Biden speaks about a March jobs report, in the White House in Washington, DC, last week. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

It was once a number so exotic as to have no agreed definition. It is now the threshold below which Joe Biden hardly bothers to trifle. Among the weir(...)

US President Joe Biden  comments  on the American Rescue Plan at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington DC, earlier this month.  Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool/EPA

Those who failed to see a social change coming are the most liable to overrate it. And so a press that dismissed Donald Trump’s presidential chances i(...)

John F Kennedy in Ireland in 1963. Photograph: Irish Times

The inscription on the plaque alongside the stark memorial to President Kennedy in Dallas, Texas – the city where he was assassinated – begins with th(...)

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home in Galway. Like the Magdalene inquiry, the commission did not support a preferred narrative and this seems to be at the root of much of the criticism. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Three weeks ago today the report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission was published and this month marks the eighth anniversary of the publication (...)

‘Radical laws and sharp ruptures from the status quo require either decisive majorities or support from the other side. A divided electorate allows for neither.’

As ever, Tom Wolfe got there first. Readers had expected the author of The Bonfire of the Vanities to “do” Los Angeles or Chicago after his treatment (...)

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