Trump announced plans for a major firework display at the Lincoln Memorial. ‘Like no one had ever thought of fireworks on the Mall before’- this photo from 2000. Photograph:  William Philpott Reuters

Halloween is sugary. Thanksgiving is fattening and fraught. Christmas is expensive. New Year’s Eve is annoying. Memorial Day is laced with melancholy.(...)

US President Donald Trump as he plays a round of golf on the Ailsa course at Trump Turnberry. Photo: Andy Buchanan/Getty Images

Once Chequers was done with, and Windsor out of the way, Donald Trump turned to the more pressing presidential business of addressing a golf ball. Tru(...)

Visitors pull off the road to take autumn photos in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia: the Antiquities Act may be overhauled. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Every Friday, the roads leading out of Washington fill up with cars heading west towards Virginia. The Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley hav(...)

Paschal Donohoe: has learned some of the realities of life in Merrion Street. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The only thing that matched Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s outrage at the behaviour of the banks in relation to tracker mortgages was his caut(...)

Peter Kavanagh: provoked landmark legal copyright case

The late Peter Kavanagh – irascible brother of the poet Patrick – and the sixth-century holy man St Colmcille may not have much else in common. But th(...)

Grow your own: Michelle Obama took a spade to the White House’s South Lawn in 2009 to make a kitchen garden

Now that the Trump administration is ensconced in Washington, the question of whether the famous White House kitchen garden championed by Michelle Ob(...)

Barack  Obama: the thing that brings people together to have the courage to take action  is not just that they care about the same issue, it’s that they have shared stories. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Q: These books that you gave to your daughter Malia on the Kindle, what were they? Some of your favourites? A: I think some of them were sort of th(...)

The NFL rules were recently changed in an attempt to combat the number of serious injuries players were sustaining. Photograph: Isaiah J Downing/USA Today Sports

Earlier this November, an NFL executive gave a fascinating, if bewildering, quote to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman regarding the future of the United(...)

US president Barack Obama dances the tango during a state dinner hosted by Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Barack Obama is tangoing into history, and there’s something perfect about that. The tango has been described as vertical solitude. And this president(...)

It was raining as we drove into town, a cloud of mist hanging heavy over the mountains. GPS was spotty, but I was sure we would find the hotel with(...)

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