David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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Documents declassified by the National Security Archive this week leave little doubt as to how close America came to catastrophe

Revealed: the night America very nearly nuked itself

Only dumb luck saved America from a nightmare scenario in January 1961 when an Air Force B-52 carrying two nuclear bombs broke apart in flight dropping the weapons on farmland near the city of Goldsboro in North Carolina.

An image taken from the jihadist website Welayat Salahuddin which claims to shows Isis militants waving an Islamist flag after the seizure of an Iraqi army checkpoint in Salahuddin

Iraq crisis: President Obama weighs up US response to jihadist attacks

Reports claim US drones have been flying secretly over contested sections of Iraqi territory since last year

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, flanked by his wife Diana, delivers his concession speech in Richmond, Virginia

An earthquake for US politics: Tea Party topples top Republican in Virginia primary

The GOP is reeling after Eric Cantor lost to an unknown candidate, becoming the first Majority Leader to lose a primary race since 1889

Uber has outraged its competition

Regulators no longer the masters as monopolies turn screw on innovation

Big corporations are crying foul over successful new businesses - and Congress is listening to them

Hillary Clinton was met with enthusiastic supporters excited for a potential campaign at Barnes & Noble in Union Square, New York

So, will Hillary Clinton be making a run for the presidency?

David Usborne joined the crowds at a New York bookstore to get a signed copy of the former First Lady’s autobiography – and, he hoped, an answer to the question that has got America transfixed

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban on May 31, 2014, in exchange for five Afghan detainees held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Bowe Bergdahl: US soldier held by Taliban says he was tortured and caged after escape attempt

US public has doubts about soldier’s story but John Kerry speaks out in support

Hillary Clinton has already had to fend off questions about her health, and will be 69 by election day 2016

Is America really ready to put another Clinton in the White House?

She hasn’t said she will stand yet, but Hillary Clinton is certainly in the frame. David Usborne considers her chances and the obstacles she will face

ABC's Diane Sawyer interviews Hillary Clinton at her home in Washington, D.C.

Hillary Clinton may have to ditch her megarich Wall Street friends if she is to make another run at the presidency

The former Secretary of State's ties to the banks that almost brought down the US economy may leave her vulnerable to challenges from the liberal left of the Democratic Party

America: Where the fridges are more intelligent than some of the politicians

The record of Congress on climate change is abysmal

Postcard from... New York

It is not quite the Golden Gate, but the Rip Van Winkle Bridge that spans the Hudson River under the shadow of the Catskill Mountains two hours north of New York City certainly has its own architectural grandeur. Sadly, it has something else in common with its distant San Francisco cousin – it attracts jumpers.

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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
11 best face powders

11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone