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Even US president Joe Biden’s legendary capabilities, his ability to finish deals and forge alliances, wasn’t enough to get his Build Back Better deal signed. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Democracy is a funny thing. In the US, we end 2021 with one holdout senator, from one of the poorest states in the union, a place that desperately nee(...)

The cowboy and the prize fighter: Clint Eastwood in Cry Macho. Photograph: Claire Folger/Warner Bros

So the longest valediction in cinema – perhaps the longest in all narrative arts – moves on to another sorrowful wave. It is nearly 30 years since Cli(...)

New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli greets supporters.. Photograph: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg

Phil Murphy this week became the first Democratic governor in New Jersey to win a second term in 44 years. But when the Associated Press finally calle(...)

For people living in poverty, cash may be a much more effective mental health treatment than anything pharmacology has invented. Photograph: iStock

When did the biggest reduction in poverty in the history of the United States take place? During the New Deal era of the 1930s, when Franklin Roosevel(...)

US president Joe Biden speaks on Tuesday about the ongoing evacuation in Afghanistan. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

No, the western alliance is not about to break up. And America is not about to drift off into some isolationist reverie. Afghanistan is too peripheral(...)

Joe Biden reacts to a question from a journalist, following a press conference about Covid-19  vaccination efforts, at the White House  on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

As rumpuses go in calm, post-Trump Washington, it will have to do. This summer, Catholic bishops discussed withholding communion from no less a person(...)

Barack Obama at the White House cinema. Photograph: Pete Souza/US National Archives

Naturally the first cinema release you will want to see after 15 months of death, chaos and upended lives is a movie about death, chaos and upended li(...)

US president Joe Biden has proved, within scarcely two months, to be an energetic and ambitious progressive who has begun to reshape the US, specifically the role of the state. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Joe Biden has surprised friends and foes. He was seen during the election as a cautious centrist, whose Trump-imposed nickname “Sleepy Joe” captured a(...)

 US president Joe Biden speaks about a March jobs report, in the White House in Washington, DC, last week. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

It was once a number so exotic as to have no agreed definition. It is now the threshold below which Joe Biden hardly bothers to trifle. Among the weir(...)

US President Joe Biden  comments  on the American Rescue Plan at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington DC, earlier this month.  Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool/EPA

Those who failed to see a social change coming are the most liable to overrate it. And so a press that dismissed Donald Trump’s presidential chances i(...)

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