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Bryan Cranston and Steve Carell in ‘Last Flag Flying’

Plenty of movie stars don’t seem like movie stars. But Bryan Cranston seems less like a movie star than most of those who don’t (if you follow). That (...)

Victory for Democrat Doug Jones in a special election in Alabama is a welcome result but does not necessarily herald similar changes in next year’s and 2020’s congressional and presidential votes. Photograph: Audra Melton/The New York Times

Alabama’s voters have shocked the Republican Party, energised Democrats and alerted an attentive world to the possibility of political change in the U(...)

LBJ Presidential Library: President and Lady Bird Johnson outside their complex, at the University of Texas at Austin, in 1971. Photograph: Bettmann/Getty

On the northern outskirts of Austin, Texas, an imposing 1970s building towers over the sprawling campus of the city’s university. The Lyndon Baines J(...)

President John F Kennedy waves from his car  in Dallas, moments before he is shot. Photograph: AP Photo/Jim Altgens

Fresh details surrounding the assassination of President John F Kennedy have emerged almost 54 years since his death, after US president Donald Trump(...)

JFK assassination: Jacqueline Kennedy cradles her husband seconds after he was fatally shot. Photograph: AP

The controversy over the death of President John F Kennedy is set to reopen on Thursday, October 26th, with the release of thousands of classified doc(...)

US president Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, on Thursday. Photograph: Win McNamee/EPA/GETTY

US president Donald Trump has pledged to “totally destroy” a decades-old law that prevents churches from getting involved in political campaigns. An(...)

Fidel Castro smokes a cigar during interviews with the press during a visit of US Senator Charles McGovern, in Havana in May 1975. File photograph: Prensa Latina/Reuters

From the famous exploding cigars to poison pills hidden in a cold-cream jar, the CIA and Cuban exile groups spent nearly 50 years devising ways to ki(...)

 President Barack Obama meets president-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

They were certainly bearing it but with only a little grinning. The prolonged handover of power between parties in US presidential politics is rarely (...)

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is depicted as an angel, Republican candidate Donald Trump as a devil, with former vice-president Dick Cheney looking on, at a Halloween display in Georgia. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

“Imagine a bowl of red raspberries,” says Tom Houck in a gravelly voice, followed by a laugh, “and in the middle you have a real blue blueberry.” Th(...)

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump jeers the media in front a crowd of supporters in July  in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Photograph:  John Moore/Getty Images

Richard Ford My old mentor and friend Shelby Foote used to say that a person couldn’t understand the US without understanding the American civil wa(...)

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