News Florida’s incumbent governor, Rick Scott, won in 2010 by a narrow margin

Politicians are used to courting a particular section of society come election time, but in a first for America, it may be the marijuana vote that decides the Florida governor’s race.

US fiscal plan will double federal deficit

The US President George Bush has unveiled a fiscal plan that will see the US federal budget deficit double this year, with larger-than-planned deficits stretching well into his successor's term of office. US government borrowing this year and next will approach the previous all-time record deficit, of $413bn (£209bn) in 2004, Mr Bush warned.

PM sets out vision for life after Bush

Gordon Brown is preparing the world for "life after Bush" by seeking an outline agreement this year on major reforms to international bodies and eventual moves to dismantle nuclear weapons.

Intelligence chief condemns 'waterboarding' as torture

The head of the US intelligence community has come closer than any other official in the Bush administration to comdemning the interrogation technique of "waterboarding" as torture, stoking a legal row over its use by the CIA.

Last Night's TV: Too much time beating about the Bush

The Trillion Dollar Revolutionary: This World, BBC2; Exodus, Channel 4

Baghdad blasts mock US claims of Iraqi progress

Following death of Zarqawi and visit by Bush, leaders fail to bring end to cycle of violence

Robinson wary of threat from bulked-up Australia

The England coach Andy Robinson believes his team are not expecting another one-sided forward battle when they take on Australia in two Tests this month.

Philip Hensher: This picture is a work of art

The artist Alison Jackson has made a considerable name for herself with photographic tableaux of celebrities and public figures in undignified and private, but altogether credible, positions. Lady Thatcher and Lord Archer sit at a table, behind bars; Prince William tries on the crown; Cherie Blair grips her husband's bum, unseen by a phalanx of photographers; Sven-Goran Eriksson mutters to Wayne Rooney, lying in an oxygen tent.

Mia Farrow: 'My faith helps me through hard times'

Although a devout Catholic, Mia Farrow is happy to face evil in her latest film, she tells Gill Pringle

The War of the World, by Niall Ferguson

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In the week that United 93 comes out, this disaster remake looks even more inconsequential than it would ordinarily have done. High seas specialist Wolfgang Petersen once made Das Boot, the best ever submarine movie, but he also made The Perfect Storm, and it's that CGI overkill to which Poseidon clings. When a freak wave capsizes a luxury cruise liner (and cuts short some gratingly naff New Year celebrations), a band of passengers decides to climb through the bowels of the ship before it sinks. Kurt Russell and Josh Lucas lead the attempt, the former an ex-fireman, the latter an ex-Navy man, and there's a champion swimmer on the team, too. Couldn't they have had a few regular people unqualified to deal with maritime calamity? There are a few frights, but nothing can dispel its air of tawdry contrivance.

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