David Dinkins marching at the front of the 29th annual African-American Day Parade in Harlem, flanked by Al Sharpton and Ruth Messinger, in 1997. Photograph: Michael Schmelling/AP

David Dinkins, a barber’s son who became New York City’s first black mayor on the wings of racial harmony but who was turned out by voters after one t(...)

Supporters and staff greet Democratic US Senate candidate Rev Raphael Warnock as he enters his campaign headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Jessica McGowan

As the race for the White House went down to the wire this week, captivating the attention of the nation and the world, another contest remained too c(...)

Former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Delaware last night. Photograph: Bloomberg

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has urged Americans to unite behind his candidacy, as he vowed to end “the season of darkness” represented(...)

The group Save Our Streets holds a peace march near the scene in Brooklyn where a one-year-old child, Davell Gardner jnr, was shot and killed. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The shooting death of one-year-old Davell Gardner at a barbecue in Brooklyn last Sunday evening was surely heartbreaking. It was also another ominous (...)

People walk along the East River on Monday, US Memorial Day, in New York. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

Just over a year ago, before the modern plague descended, Manhattan’s Hudson Yards threw a launch party that was Versailles-like in its overabundance (...)

Harvey Weinstein’s plea came as it was reported he had suffered a fall in his cell at Rikers Island prison. Photograph: Anna Watts/New York Times

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers have petitioned the judge who presided over his trial and rape conviction in a New York court to sentence him to the minimu(...)

Only a week ago pundits were writing Joe Biden (77) off, but stonking victories in Democratic primaries last week, then in 10 of 14 states voting on Super Tuesday,  have thrust him to the front of what is now a two-horse race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

It’s been some week for Joe Biden. Only a matter of days ago pundits were writing the 77-year-old off. But stonking victories in Democratic primaries (...)

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to supporters and staff after withdrawing from the Democratic presidential race on Wednesday. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

In the end, $500 million, state-of-the-art data analytics and a 2,400-strong campaign army was only enough to conquer American Samoa. That was the co(...)

 Democratic presidential hopefuls Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and former vice-president Joe Biden: A key test will be next week’s primary contest in Michigan. Photographs: Timothy A Clary/Frederic J Brown

As political comebacks go, it was one of the most remarkable in American history. Having run a lacklustre campaign since announcing his candidacy 11 (...)

Former  New York  mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks to supporters and staff after withdrawing from the Democratic primary race on Wednesday. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden’s path to the Democratic nomination received an enormous boost on Wednesday after former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped out of the(...)

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