Rupert Cornwell

Known for his commentary on international relations and US politics, Rupert Cornwell also contributes obituaries and occasionally even a column for the sports pages. With The Independent since its launch in 1986, he was the paper's first Moscow correspondent - covering the collapse of the Soviet Union – during which time he won two British Press Awards. Previously a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and Reuters, he has also been a diplomatic correspondent, leader writer and columnist, and has served as Washington bureau editor. In 1983 he published God's Banker, about Roberto Calvi, the Italian banker found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge.

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A gay couple hold an American flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, while a demonstrator holds a sign denouncing same-sex marriage

US Supreme Court justices divided on case that could legalise same-sex marriage in all 50 states

Supporters fear a ban would result in chaos and leave many married gay couples in judicial limbo

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians

In the 2014 congressional mid-terms, parties and candidates spent $3.7bn. This time, the figure will be far higher

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow on the road to redemption with the Philadelphia Eagles

Fans’ favourite hopes to soar again with the Eagles after almost ending up on NFL scrapheap, writes Rupert Cornwell

Taubman: he gave away hundreds of millions of dollars

Alfred Taubman: Businessman who made the shopping mall central to the consumer experience but was jailed for price-fixing

His great insight was to recognise back in the early '50s that the gathering migration from city to suburbs would create demand not just for housing but for full-spectrum retail outlets as well

Voice of America in 1951. VoA was founded in 1942 to counter Nazi and Japanese broadcasts

Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Out of America: 'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul formally announced his candidacy in Louisville, Kentucky this week

Republican presidential hopefuls face a crowded field in the battle to reach the White House

Out of America: The race to be the GOP's 2016 candidate has begun. Its winner will need broad appeal, stamina - and buckets of money

Activist and author Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaks at the National Press Club

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Islam's most devastating critic

Unbowed by death threats, this apostate turned author is once again ruffling feathers with calls for religious reform

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul formally announced his candidacy in Louisville, Kentucky, on Tuesday

Rand Paul launches presidential campaign: Republican will position himself as 'conservative with a human face'

The libertarian now faces the candidate's classic dilemma: how to remain faithful to your principles, while broadening your appeal to other sections of the party

US and Iranian officials in Lausanne including John Kerry, second left, and Mohammad Javad Zarif, second right

Nuclear deal with Iran is 'within reach' as obstacles are overcome, US says

Any pact before Tuesday’s deadline will have to satisfy US Congress, reports Rupert Cornwell from Washington

The Supreme Court may put an end to vanity licence plates which last year earnt Texas $28m

Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Out of America: Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment

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