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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.

Stills taken from anti-Romney and anti-Obama Super PAC videos. There are questions over how effective the negative ads are among voters

Two candidates, $660m raised, endless adverts. But is it worth it?

Americans' TV screens have been bombarded by campaigns paid for by controversial Super PACs – but they're not as effective as everyone expected

Editorial: An unknown electoral quantity named Sandy

With the north-eastern seaboard of the US battening down the hatches, flights grounded and the New York Stock Exchange closed, both presidential candidates might ruefully ponder Harold Macmillan's fear of "events, dear boy, events".

UN official to probe drone strikes that kill civilians

An independent UN human rights researcher on Thursday announced plans to launch an investigation into the use of drone attacks and other targeted assassinations by the United States and other governments that result in civilian deaths or injuries.

Joe Biden beat Paul Ryan to disrupt Republican momentum in an episode of the Generation Game

By showing greater emotional intensity than Obama did last week, and shifting the focus on to foreign policy and George W Bush, the Democrats won last night

The four most important televised debates in US presidential history

Televised debates have been around for more than half a century. Rarely do they alone determine an election’s result. But they can shift a campaign’s momentum and seal an impression of a candidate in voters’ minds. Here are four of the most important.

Ed Miliband at the Labour Party Conference yesterday

Miliband must step up with a powerful message

This week Ed Milliband must make clear he's a plausible Prime Minister. Is there anything to learn from the history of US presidential debates?

Florida illegally purges foreign voters from electoral roll

Several Republican states are eliminating voters likely to favour Barack Obama
9AM - Archery: Naomi Folkard of GB takes aim in the Women's individual archery at Lord's Cricket Ground

A day in the life of the Olympics

Kevin Garside ticks off the venues with a mad dash across the city, but seems to spend a dubious amount of time at the beach volleyball...

Latest setback blamed on row with Whitehall over classified talks between Bush and Blair

Chilcot inquiry into Iraq will not be released until next year

Latest setback blamed on row with Whitehall over classified talks between Bush and Blair

Archie Bland: Cameron would do better not to take sides in future

It's embarrassing enough to be overheard being rude about your neighbour if it's just the guy from down the road when you're mouthing off in the pub. Consider how much worse for David Cameron.

US Supreme Court deals blow to tough Arizona immigration law

Partial victory for Hispanic lobby as judges begin week that will culminate in vital decision on healthcare law

Leading article: Why Blair must be questioned again

Why does Alastair Campbell's account of cabinet decision-making about Iraq nine years ago still matter?

Hamish McRae: Don't panic, but if you want to play it safe, stick with the US, Germany or Britain

Economic Life: Tax cuts introduced originally by President Bush expire, and several spending cuts take place

George W Bush and Laura Bush with Barack Obama and Michelle Obama in the front row

George W. Bush secures a permanent berth at the White House

There was nothing solemn about the unveiling of official portraits of the former president George W. Bush and Laura Bush at the White House. Barack Obama kicked off the jokes by thanking his predecessor for the cable TV sports package he had left behind. "I use it," he said.

Labour peer Lord Ahmed has been suspended by the party

Lord Ahmed denies 'Barack Obama bounty' reports

A Labour peer suspended by the party over reports that he offered a £10 million "bounty" for the capture of US president Barack Obama has denied making the remarks.

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