The man’s impetuousness, his shooting his mouth off, must horrify Americans accustomed to some dignity in their commander-in-chief. But they have voted for a joker, an entertainer-in-chief. They must now take the baggage that comes with it. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP

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The hous that US president Barack Obama intends to rent after leaving office, in the upmarket Kalorama neighbourhood of Washington. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/New York Times

US president Barack Obama and his family plan to move to a mansion in the upscale Kalorama neighbourhood of Washington, a mere two miles from the Whit(...)

Tommy Caldwell climbs the final pitch of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park, California.  Photograph: Max Whittaker/The New York Times

Two Americans have completed what had long been considered the world’s most difficult rock climb, using only their hands and feet to scale a 3,000ft ((...)

Furtive: the appeal of ‘sexting’ may have to do with its secretive nature and the human capacity to get a physical kick from language. Photograph: Thinkstock

Listening to Jim Norton’s wonderful reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses on CD the other day, it struck me that the only new thing about the current pract(...)