David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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Michael Brown shooting: Ferguson police 'come under heavy gunfire' as violence flares on streets again

Two shot and 31 arrested as Captain Ronald Johnson blames 'criminals throwing Molotov cocktails' for escalation of civil unrest

Dr Michael Baden points to an autopsy diagram showing where the gun shots hit Michael Brown

Michael Brown shooting: Family lawyer suggests 18-year-old was 'surrendering' when he was killed by police

Missouri Governor calls in National Guard in attempt to restore order amid growing demands for arrest of officer who shot dead unarmed black teen

Protesters march in New York City's Union Square. Vigils are being held across the country for people organizers say died at the hands of police brutality

Ferguson riots: Tensions ease as officer who shot Michael Brown named as Darren Wilson

After a shift to less confrontational police tactics had eased tensions overnight in Ferguson, Missouri, authorities in the deeply fractured town finally gave in to demands that it release the name of the police officer whose deadly confrontation with a young black teenager had set off successive nights of violent confrontation on its streets.

Riot police clear a street with smoke bombs while clashing with demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri. State Senator Claire McCaskill has called for the ‘demilitarisation’ of the police response

Michael Brown shooting: One nation, still divided by race – why Ferguson was a flashpoint that could have happened anywhere across America

It is still a deeply unequal society 50 years after the Civil Rights Act was passed - as the unrest seen in Ferguson, Missouri, this week shows

Zephyr Teachout has just won a legal challenge from New York's governor Andrew Cuomo, who she is trying to unseat

The law professor with a lesson for Hillary Clinton

Only one in five New Yorkers have heard of her, but Zephyr Teachout is on a mission to take the Democrats back to their progressive roots

US President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situation in Iraq at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 11, 2014

Iraq crisis: Obama makes it clear - caretaker Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki should go

President Barack Obama has made plain that the United States squarely supports the removal of Nouri al-Maliki as caretaker prime minister of Iraq and urged the man chosen to replace him, deputy speaker of the parliament, Haider al-Ibadi, to move forward quickly with formation of a new unity cabinet.

Trial and error: Maureen and Bob McDonnell (centre) face a 14-count indictment

What would Jefferson have made of the grubby trial involving Virginia's former governor?

Out of America: Republican Bob McDonnell and his wife were the perfect political couple... until those corruption charges
The Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, shows police and Secret Service agents reacting during the assassination attempt on then US president Ronald Reagan

Reagan spokesman's death ruled a homicide 33 years after he was shot in assassination attempt

The unusual ruling will push up this year’s homicide tally in the nation’s capital by one

Fallujah became the first major Iraqi city to fall to Isis fighters

Iraq strikes: Americans will be confused by latest turn

First strikes against the advancing jihadists in northern Iraq by the US got under way today just as Barack Obama had said they would a few hours before. That, however, may be about the only straight line you will find in the President’s stance on intervening in conflicts overseas and especially towards Iraq. And it was a pretty brief one.

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with the National Security Council in the Situation Room of the White House in Washington

Iraq crisis: Obama authorises air strikes in Iraq

President Barack Obama said late Thursday that he had authorised limited air strikes in Iraq to slow the advance of militant fighters of ISIS and confirmed that US Air Force cargo planes had begun humanitarian airdrops of food and other supplies in a bid to save the lives of religious minority Iraqis trapped on a mountain top.

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