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

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.

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.

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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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas