White House

The new stars of Obama's West Wing

Forget CJ Cregg and Toby Ziegler. The new President's inner circle is infinitely more compelling than the cast of the hitTV show. Guy Adams introduces them

The White House: A cardboard cutout

It's the Oval Office, but not as we know it. Artist Thomas Demand built a life-sized replica – and then destroyed it. Rob Sharp finds out why

Beg, borrow or steal a ticket for the ball

This is beyond the pale. Some of us have been on our knees to high-ups in Washington in the hope they might – just might – be able to snag us a ticket to one of tonight's inaugural balls and now we read that Rod Blagojevich, the disgraced governor of Illinois, has two. And he isn't sure if he'll use them.

Stars strike a historic note for Obama

Under the gaze of Abraham Lincoln's white marble statue, Bruce Springsteen and a red robed gospel choir kicked off a four-day inaugural party on the National Mall yesterday, before an audience of tens of thousands.

Family life: Obama writes a letter to his daughters – but all of

The Obama children, seven-year-old Sasha and 10-year-old Malia, are full of excitement about their new school, their bedrooms which are to have a make-over by Hollywood's top designer and of course the new puppy – a labradoodle or a Portuguese water dog – who will soon be scampering around the family quarters of the White House.

The Bruce & Barack show

Next week's inauguration doesn't just mark the start of a new era – it tells us lots about the new President's musical tastes. Andy Gill isn't impressed

Obama: Economy will get worse before it improves

The recession which has battered the US economy for the past six months will get worse before things improve, Barack Obama warned yesterday as it became clear that the country is moving into its deepest and longest economic downturn since the Second World War.

Obama's first power play: College football leagues

They're corrupt and over-complicated – but if the President-elect thinks he can shake-up America's college football leagues, he's picking a fight he can't win. Rupert Cornwell on a multi-billion-dollar minefield

Hillary plays hardball

The first sign of friction in the Obama camp as Mrs Clinton demands - and gets - a purge of her critics before accepting Secretary of State role