David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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Former Secret Service chief Julia Pierson

US Secret Service stretched 'beyond its limits,' says review panel

Review ordered after incident in September when an Iraq veteran jumped the perimeter fence of the White House and gained access to the presidential mansion

A campaigner holds a poster of the Cuban Five, the last of whom were released as part of US-Cuba talks

Cuba-US relations: Cold War thaw warms up US presidential debate, starting with Florida

Because the state, where most Cuban-Americans live, offers so many Electoral College votes, winning it is essential for presidential candidates

A poster for ‘The Interview’ is destined for a bin after being pulled from a display at a Carmike Cinema in Atlanta, Georgia

Sony hack: US Government will handle cyber-warfare with care

Pressure is growing on the Obama administration to take action

Cuban president Raul Castro addresses his people

Cuba: Obama ends half a century of hostility and restores ties with Havana

Extraordinary rapprochement drew fiery rebukes from Republicans in Florida

President Obama took administrative steps to protect as many as 5 million people in the US illegally from deportation

Barack Obama is on track to take more executive actions than any president in the last 70 years — so is he brave or power-mad?

With two years still ahead of him, the President has issued 195 executive orders so far

The former Governor of Florida, 61, is a standard-bearer for moderate Republicans

The dynasty returns? Jeb Bush raises possibility of 2016 presidential bid

Wording of statements on both Facebook and Twitter leaves Mr Bush a window to back out of

If he does run, Jeb Bush’s views on immigration and education will be closely scrutinised by the Republican right

Jeb Bush adds to speculation about 2016 US presidential bid

Former Florida Governor says he’ll announce his political intentions within a month

Postcard from... New York

I have had to queue crammed like a heifer in Best Buy for a gift the nature of which I can’t divulge here. (The recipient may read this.) And I have again agonised over whether this is the year I really can stop sending out cards. (It is.) But these are small Christmas stresses. I’m lucky, I’m a guy.

Letter from the Defence Correspondent: If nowhere in Iraq is totally safe, then how can British troops be?

Once again we are seeing British troops sent to Iraq. The defence secretary Michael Fallon has announced that an additional deployment of 200 troops will be sent to Iraq next month to train local forces battling Isis militants. Yet even as the US-led mission against Isis got under way, the constant reminder from commanders and analysts was that an air campaign alone would not defeat the militants; troops would be needed to confront a formidable insurgency.

The National March Against Police Violence in Manhattan at the weekend

Millions march: US protests against police violence and harassment against black people continue

Protests against police violence and harassment of black people in the United States continued in several cities on Saturday night, from Washington DC to San Francisco. They waved signs reading “Black lives matter”, and chanted “I can’t breathe!” and “Hands up, don’t shoot”.

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick