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Former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice: could lend  strong national security bona fides to Donald Trump. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

John Nance Garner, Franklin D Roosevelt’s running mate better known as “Cactus Jack”, famously said that “the vice-presidency was not worth a bucket o(...)

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida govenor Jeb Bush accompanied by his wife Columba, speaks at his South Carolina Republican presidential primary rally in Columbia. Mr Bush has quit the presidential race. Photograph: AP

Before Donald Trump’s put-downs and the stumbles in presidential debates, and before the profound frustration of voters became so unmistakably appare(...)

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz receives an endorsement from “Duck Dynasty” TV show star Phil Robertson at a rally at the College of Charleston in Columbia, South Carolina. Photograph: EPA

Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz bounds onto the stage after being introduced by reality TV star “Duck Commander” Phil Robertson as the God-(...)

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin endorses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally at the Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP

A recurring theme among some Republicans in Iowa, the first state to pick presidential nominees in 11 days’ time, is that they are unsure about the pa(...)

US president Barack  Obama conceded that, seven years after his campaign promise to overcome divisions in America, he had failed to meet it. “It’s one of the few regrets of my presidency that the rancour and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better,” he said.  Photograph:  Evan Vucci/Pool/Getty

Barack Obama stopped as he was about to leave the House of Representatives chamber on Capitol Hill after delivering his State of the Union address, hi(...)

US President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph: EPA

Barack Obama used his final annual State of the Union address to defend his presidential record and hit back at Republicans for cultivating divisions (...)

Man  holds a confederate battle flag and Bible outside the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, on Thursday, just hours before Gov Nikki Haley signed a Bill to remove the flag from statehouse grounds. Photograph: Jason Miczek/Reuters

The Confederate battle flag, which has reignited a national debate since last month’s killings of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina, is to b(...)

The Confederate battle flag flies on the grounds of the South Carolina State House in Columbia. Photograph: Travis Dove/The New York Times.

The South Carolina House of Representatives early on Thursday backed a proposal to remove the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds.(...)

Beneath the old Confederate States flag, a fan watches the racers flash past the wall during the Nascar Winston Cup Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at the Darlington Raceway, Darlington, South Carolina. Photograph: Donald Miralle/ALLSPORT

Steve Spurrier is one of the most respected figures in college gridiron. In the half a century since he was the best student quarterback in the cou(...)

The state flag of Mississippi, which incorporates the   Confederate flag , is displayed with the flags of the other 49 states and territories in the tunnel connecting the senate office building and the US Congress. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The Confederate flag has meant different things to different people over the years in the United States. It is far more than just a diagonal blue cros(...)

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