David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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Anne Meara with her actor son, Ben Stiller, and his wife, Christine Taylor

Anne Meara dead: Mother of Ben Stiller had acting and comedy career spanning six decades

Meara was the matriarch behind one of America's best-known comedy clans

The Senate blocked the Bill on US bulk telephone data collection on a vote of 57-42

NSA surveillance: Senate wrangle may put an end to US bulk telephone data collection

Edward Snowden sowed the seeds of the drama playing out on Capitol Hill

Cuban Havana Club factory, a joint operation between the government and Pernod

US-Cuba relations: What stronger ties between the two nations mean for the rum industry

The Bacardi family may leave its Puerto Rican exile and return to its roots

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Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises

Puerto Rico is billions of dollars in debt and its people are leaving in droves. But America is turning its back on the territory, focusing instead on its near neighbour Cuba, whose electorate want closer ties. David Usborne reports from San Juan

The headquarters of the Cancer Fund of America, in Knoxville, Tennessee

Fraudulent cancer charities accused of using £122m donations for Victoria's Secret spending sprees and Caribbean cruises

Officials say that less than 5 per cent of the money raised actually made it anywhere near suffering patients

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Seattle's 'kayaktavists' protest against plans by Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic and warn of 'ecological catastrophe'

After 'kayaktavists' took to the waters off Seattle to oppose Royal Dutch Shell's drilling programme, US Editor David Usborne reports on the rising tension between the US’s need for energy independence and protecting the environment

Republican supporters pray over Rick Santorum, centre, during a campaign stop in 2012

The decline in religion could spell disaster for Republicans

A new study has found that the number of Americans identifying themselves as Christian has fallen almost 8 per cent to just over 70 per cent

Norman Braman gives a thumbs-up to Rubio as he unveils his Republican presidential nomination

Norman Braman: Billionaire backer of Marco Rubio who is out to stop Jeb Bush's bid for Republican presidential nomination at any cost

David Usborne meets one of the new generation of super-wealthy money men whose influence over US elections has grown so large

President Obama holding a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) of Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office

US-Gulf summit: Saudi King 'snubs' President Obama over his perceived inattention to the region

Last-minute failure to attend White House meeting bodes ill for the gathering, with tensions expected over the Iran nuclear deal and calls for a defence treaty

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