The US supreme court in Washington. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/New York Times

The US’s highest court has undeniably shifted to the right in its first term following the death of liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, experts say, wit(...)

Those for and against abortion rights protest in front of the Mississippi state capitol in Jackson, Mississippi on Friday. Photograph: New York Times

Sometimes the impact of political decisions takes time to unfold. It can be months or even years before the full consequence of elections manifest the(...)

Members of the US National Guard arrive for a shift at the Capitol Building at sunrise on Sunday in Washington. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times

S The streets were quiet in Washington DC this weekend as the city processed what unfolded in the nation’s capital this week. Around Capitol Hill, th(...)

Jeffrey Toobin: banned ‘indefinitely’ from podcasts and airwaves after incident. Photograph: Robert Ascroft

Until Jeffrey Toobin’s fateful appointment with Zoom on October 15th, his quarantine was going better than most people’s. In August his eighth book, T(...)

New York governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at the Riverside Church in New York. Photograph: Gregg Vigliotti/The New York Times

The US supreme court has ruled against coronavirus restrictions imposed on religious services by New York governor Andrew Cuomo, in a ruling he called(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks to the press in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photograph Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

2017 January 20th Trump inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. His presidential rival Hillary Clinton is among those in attendance,(...)

Democratic presidential nominee  Joe Biden and US president Donald Trump. Each side is convinced that the victory of the other spells the end of the republic, so the contest turns into a competition of terminal nightmares. Photographs: Angela Weiss and Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

A moment of truth is at hand. Or perhaps a trial of strength, not just between two mutually and grievously hostile political tribes, but of the fortit(...)

Some critics see The Wizard of Oz as an allegory for the political issues that consumed the US. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Why did Dorothy ever want to leave Oz and go back to black-and-white Kansas? From a very early age, to this viewer at least, it always seemed a troubl(...)

Amy Coney Barrett  is sworn in as a US supreme court judge as her husband Jesse Barrett looks on on the south lawn of the White House on October 26th. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Of all the attacks on Amy Coney Barrett, newly confirmed to the US supreme court, the onslaught on her childcare arrangements is the most bewildering.(...)

US president Donald Trump stands with newly sworn-in supreme court justice Amy Coney Barrett during a ceremonial event on the South Lawn of the White House. Photograph; Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

At any other time, the vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the supreme court would dominate US media coverage for weeks. But coming as it does in the(...)

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