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Thursday 08 November 2012
In securing a second term, Mr Obama showed how entrenched social change now is
Sunday 04 November 2012
A presidential challenger who appears to believe in so little does not deserve to win
Thursday 18 October 2012
Chelsea Clinton has hinted that she may run for political office in the US while refusing to rule out a challenge for the presidency.
Sunday 12 August 2012
Thursday 14 June 2012
Last week, I mentioned James Carville's "It's the economy, stupid!" motto, popularised by, and later falsely attributed to, Bill Clinton (for whom Carville worked). This week, let's ponder another Clinton phrase, which could be translated as "It's our society, stupid!", and which I was first alerted to by The Times' magnificent executive editor, Daniel Finkelstein.
Monday 02 April 2012
A radical plan to deal with Britain’s plutonium waste – the biggest civil deposit in the world – has come a step closer with a legal contract to test the feasibility of building an American nuclear fast reactor on the Sellafield site in Cumbria.
Wednesday 11 January 2012
Unless you're the White House spokesman, opining daily on matters of war and peace, a press secretary normally doesn't become a public figure in a button-downed place like Washington, drenched in political correctness. The exception was Tony Blankley. For seven momentous years in the 1990s he was spokesman for Newt Gingrich, as the Georgia Congressman led the "Republican Revolution" that in 1994 gave the party control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. The turbulent and swaggering Speaker-to-be and his somewhat rotund, heavy-smoking aide with a British accent, a gift for soundbites and an unashamed taste for the good things of life, were made for each other.
Friday 02 December 2011
Todd Haynes's first, hugely successful Hangover caper was innovative, crude and funny, the lead characters – decent Doug (Justin Bartha), indecent Phil (Bradley Cooper), unhinged Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and neurotic Stu (Ed Helms) – were obnoxious but still endearing, particularly Helms's bullied dentist.
Friday 02 September 2011
A one-time aide to the former US president Bill Clinton is being nominated to be the Haitian Prime Minister.
Friday 08 July 2011
Outlook Even former President Bill Clinton is worried about the parlous state of the British economy, it seems. Wading into the debate about US debt yesterday, Mr Clinton cited the UK as an example of how an austerity drive might do more damage than good to an economy, if undertaken too quickly and dramatically.
Sunday 26 June 2011
On 26 June 2000, Bill Clinton acknowledged one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs in human history - the mapping of the human genome.
Wednesday 11 May 2011
Sunday 27 February 2011
Dylan Jones: 'Norris Mailer, wife of Norman, claims she had a fling with the then-unmarried Bill Clinton'
Saturday 11 December 2010
So, Norris Mailer has gone. She died of gastrointestinal cancer at the age of 61 last month in the Brooklyn Heights apartment she once shared with her husband Norman. She had been battling with the disease for over a decade, and she fought it with much grace.
Saturday 13 February 2010
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
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