Workers clean the stage before the  Democratic presidential primary debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit on July 30th. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

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 Donald Trump  announces his candidacy for the US presidency at Trump Tower  in New York City. Mr Trump is the 12th Republican who has announced running for the White House. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

Canadian rock veteran Neil Young has continued a American tradition of recording artists asking Republican candidates to stop playing their music afte(...)

Questlove, whose Mo’ Meta Blues shies from the conventional

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Michele Bachmann, who made an ill-fated run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, announced yesterday she would not seek a fifth term in Congress next year. Photograph: Travis Dove/The New York Times

Former Republican presidential candidate and Tea Party star Michele Bachmann has said that she will not seek a fifth term in Congress next year, endin(...)