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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.

Labour peer Lord Ahmed suspended over 'Obama bounty'

Labour peer Lord Ahmed has been suspended by the party while it investigates reports that he offered a £10m "bounty" for the capture of US President Barack Obama.

The President, given a saintly makeover on this votive candle, could be the first Oval Office resident in many years to finish a term without a major scandal

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Out of America: A lack of juicy stories from the White House has left Americans to get their fill of sleaze via a fictionalised TV version

George Bush Snr to back Mitt Romney in Republican race

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will pick up the formal endorsement of former President George HW Bush during a visit to Houston on Thursday, a Romney campaign official said.

JOHN BOEHNER: David Cameron will meet the House Speaker – but will not see any of the Republican presidential hopefuls

No room for Romney on PM's schedule

David Cameron will deliver a powerful reminder when he arrives in Washington today that the days are long gone when the Conservative and Republican parties were viewed as transatlantic cousins.

Rupert Cornwell: Chalk and cheese – but they're getting friendlier

Obama has made few obvious close friends among foreign leaders

Frost prizes Bush Snr above Nixon

His showdown with Richard Nixon has inspired a hit play, an Oscar-nominated film and been voted the greatest broadcast interview ever. But Sir David Frost says he is more proud of another television encounter.

Steve Jobs, in 1991, when checks were carried out by the FBI

FBI file casts light on the sinister side of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was a tyrannical boss and a callous boyfriend, prone to distorting the truth to get what he wanted, but he was always charming to the neighbours. In other words: suitable material for a government job.

Laurie Penny: Anti-sex propaganda doesn't work

Anyone who has spent time with pre-pubescents knows the best way to get them to do anything is to tell them it's grown-up and forbidden. This strategy has been used for centuries by unscrupulous adults to manipulate young people into consuming unwanted vegetable matter and turning off perfectly good cartoons in favour of whatever boring box-set their older siblings want to watch. It seems logical, therefore, that telling children not to have sex because it's only for grown-ups would be a recipe for outbreaks of infection and exploding teenage pregnancy rates.

Laurie Penny: Anti-sex propaganda doesn't work

Some still believe that decent women are incapable of sexual agency

Leading article: Ten years on, the shame of Guantanamo remains

Far from a masterstroke, Guantanamo Bay is an enduring blot on America's good name
Republican hopeful Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista met voters yesterday in a restaurant in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to prepare the ground for Tuesday's caucus

Romney: a man whose Buggins' turn has come

Perry, Paul, Cain, Santorum, Bachmann or Gingrich? None of the above, it seems

Leading article: Death and the contrarian

There is something poignant in the fact that Christopher Hitchens – author, journalist, contrarian and adamant atheist – departed this life just as the festive season went into full swing.

George Bush is told by his chief of staff that a second plane has hit the World Trade Centre before a class of Florida schoochildren

Mary Dejevsky: Was George Bush such a failure?

As the United States lowers its flag in Iraq, President Obama is entitled to bask in the glory of an election promise honoured and a military mission accomplished. To have brought home tens of thousands of troops in time for Christmas, dismantled all the infrastructure, and departed without a hint of the panicked humiliation of Saigon is an achievement that, alone, should speed Barack Obama to a second term.

Friend or foe: Herman Cain’s world map suggests America’s foreign policy is less than complex

Israel = ally, Iran = adversary, Russia = rival: It's a simple world, according to Herman Cain

Henry Kissinger may have declined to serve in any theoretical Herman Cain administration. But if a blissfully simple foreign policy map issued on Mr Cain's website is any guide, the pizza magnate-turned-presidential candidate would be able to get by without the good doctor.

Barack Obama on Aids: 'We can beat this disease'

President Barack Obama set an ambitious goal today for significantly increasing access to life-saving Aids drugs for people in the U.S. and around the world, as he announced a renewed American commitment to ending a pandemic that has killed 30 million people.

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