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‘This idea that somehow if your kids watch a little bit of violence they’re going to turn into violent people – that just doesn’t seem to be borne out in the data.’ Photograph: Getty Images

When Emily Oster’s first child was a baby, she would not sleep through the night. So Oster and her husband Jesse, both economics professors, read endl(...)

Among the star witnesses to the American Committee on Conditions in Ireland were Muriel MacSwiney, the wife of Terence MacSwiney who died on hunger strike in Brixton Prison in October 1920, and Terence MacSwiney’s sister Mary. They are among the women pictured in at a memorial service in the Polo Grounds in New York. Photograph: National Library of Ireland

In the early months of 1920, prominent Americans came together to bring international attention to Ireland’s campaign for independence. Their belief i(...)

An image from the European Space Agency shows a view captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission of the A-76 iceberg  in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica taken on March 9th, 2021 - combined with a graphic of the Spanish island of Majorca for scale. Image: EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY/AFP via Getty Images

A giant slab of ice bigger than the Spanish island of Majorca has sheared off the edge of Antarctica into the Weddell Sea to become the largest iceber(...)

An American flag seen through barbed wire fencing at sunrise on Capitol Hill on Monday. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Donald Trump on Tuesday will become the first US president to face two impeachment trials. Trump was impeached last month on one charge of inciting a(...)

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell blocked an attempt by Democrats to force quick action on increasing direct stimulus payments to $2,000 despite President Donald Trump’s demands for the change. Photographer: Ting Shen/Bloomberg

Donald Trump challenged Senate Republicans to approve an increase in stimulus cheques to $2,000 per person, defying his own party leaders in Congress (...)

Joe Biden appears certain to win the popular vote by at least three percentage points and take the college.

Quaint and eccentric it may be, but the US electoral college is in truth a stain on America’s democratic credentials. And, wthout it, we would all be (...)

A protest against a ballot initiative that would allow Uber and Lyft to continue classifying drivers as independent contractors. The proposition was carried, curtailing the ability of drivers to claim employee rights. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

In referendums across the US voters at state level directly engaged with a range of hot-button issues from abortion to tax policy which saw huge spend(...)

Yeni Salazar leads a Zumba class in Queen’s Elmhurst Memorial Park in New York on Monday. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

In May, Madrid sought to break free from the nightmare of Covid-19. Death rates and infections had fallen since the days when the Spanish capital’s in(...)

George Berkeley. Aside from supporting slavery, ‘in his later political work, he is pretty grim on the Irish peasantry too’, says TCD researcher Clare Moriarty. Image: Hulton Archive

As statues topple amid anti-racism protests, universities are looking at some of the hallowed names associated with their institutions with some nervo(...)

Protesters wave flags outside of the Ohio State House in Columbus, Ohio. Photograph: Megan Jelinger/AFP via Getty

Governors in US states hardest hit by the coronavirus sparred with president Donald Trump over his claims they have enough tests and should quickly re(...)

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