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Former US presidents  George W Bush (centre), Barack Obama, (second left),  George HW Bush (far left), Bill Clinton, (second right), and Jimmy Carter (right) in the Oval Office of the White House on January  7th, 2009. George H.W. Bush, the  president who fashioned a restrained response to the Soviet Union’s collapse has died. He was 94. Photograph:  Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W Bush have led tributes to George HW Bush, the 41st US president who died on Friday at the age of (...)

Amazon, where algorithms make the world go round. Photograph: Reuters

Amazon is set to open up the machine-learning algorithms that power its recommendations and forecasts to Amazon Web Services customers in a bid to mak(...)

Helsinki handshake: Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Finland on Monday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

There is a scene in Shattered, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’s book about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, that describes the feeling inside (...)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “I wake up every day and I’m a Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx.” Photograph: David Dee Delgado/New York Times

At dawn on the day after the election that rocked her world and her party, working on three hours of sleep, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez walked out of her(...)

Stephen Bannon, who left his role as Donald Trump’s chief strategist last Friday.  The president believed that Bannon had been leaking unauthorised stories about infighting inside the administration for months before he ultimately took action.  Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

John Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, told Stephen Bannon in late July that he needed to go: No need for it to get messy, Kelly told Bannon,(...)

 Donald Trump greets supporters at a rally  in Ocala, Florida, on Wednesday, during which he urged voters to read the messages “released by Wikileaks”. Photograph: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images

In the final weeks of a dizzying US presidential campaign, Donald Trump is suddenly embracing an unlikely ally: The document-spilling group Wikileaks (...)

Alicia Machado, who won the Miss Universe pageant in 1996, photographed in May  2016. File photograph: Emily Berl/New York Times

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump escalated his attacks on a former beauty queen used by rival Hillary Clinton to attack him by falsely c(...)

Hillary Clinton “is a reliable creature of Wall Street.” Photograph: Monica Almeida/The New York Times

Speaking of crazy . . . All these woebegone Republicans whining that they can’t rally behind their flawed candidate is crazy. The GOP angst, the gnash(...)

Preservation laws have protected much of the original architecture from Santa Barbara’s 18th-century Spanish mission roots

In Race of a Lifetime, Mark Halperin’s and John Heileman’s account of the 2008 US presidential elections, the story is told of how the McCain campaig(...)

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(...)