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Democratic vice-presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris: would  be the first woman of colour to hold the US’s second-highest office. Photograph: Michael Perez

Kamala Harris is a serial breaker of glass ceilings but the 2020 US election will shatter the highest ceiling of her political career so far as the fi(...)

Geraldine Ferraro and Walter Mondale campaign at the Democratic Convention in 1984 in San Francisco. She later said she  was not “prepared for the depth of the fury, the bigotry, and the sexism my candidacy would unleash”.  Photograph: Sonia Moskowitz/Images/Getty Images

On the cusp of Joe Biden teaming up with a woman, I am casting back to my time covering the first woman who was a serious contender for veep. The fem(...)

 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg: On Saturday Joe Biden launched a digital ad directly questioning Buttigieg’s experience. Photograph:  Scott Olson/Getty Images

As political theatre it had it all.  On Saturday night, the great and good of the state Democratic party crowded into a vast indoor arena in dow(...)

 Presidential candidate Peter Casey following a presidential radio debate at RTÉ Radio studios, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

At his launch on Wednesday, President Michael D Higgins used humour very effectively to deal with questions about his age, happy to take a page from t(...)

 Charles Krauthammer: Named in 2006 by the “Financial Times” as the most influential commentator in the US, he has died at 68. Photograph: Michael Temchine/New York Times

Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer, who gave up a psychiatric career to become one of the leading conservative political commentators in the US(...)

Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Millie Bobby Brown, Noah Schnapp, and Caleb McLaughlin, co-recipients of the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award for ‘Stranger Things,’ during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Photo AFP Photo / Frederic J. Brown, Getty Images

The annual Nerdenberg Rally that is Comic-Con has just ended in San Diego. The event is (away from the actually comic fair stuff) a huge promotional b(...)

The  debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump is expected to set new TV viewership records with some pundits expecting as many as 100 million to tune in. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The significance of presidential debates in determining the outcome of the US elections have themselves long been the subject of debate by presidenti(...)

Martyn Irvine in Road to Rio

There’s a fascinating moment, among quite a few, in the first episode of RTÉ’s four-part documentary Road to Rio (Sunday to Wednesday, RTÉ2), in whic(...)

A Spanish-born Eurosceptic and Brexit champion, Michael Portillo is not  looking for the true history and legacy of the locomotive America but a more elusive ideal of England, one that has gone firmly off the rails.

All political careers end in failure, we know, but at least one is bound for Gettysburg. At least, that’s the destination of Michael Portillo’s Grea(...)

Hillary Clinton: the 68-year-old candidate and her supporters seized the historic moment on a emotional night, exactly eight years after she conceded defeat to Barack Obama. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

In a renovated warehouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Hillary Clinton made history beneath a glass ceiling by shattering the metaphorical glass ceiling(...)

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