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.
George W. Bush
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Thursday 17 November 2011
The Iraq Inquiry has delayed its report by at least six months as it argues with the Government over the release of top-secret documents.
Last Night's TV: 9/11: the Day That Changed the World/ITV1<br />Elegance and Decadence – the Age of the Regency/BBC4
Friday 02 September 2011
It isn't easy to say new things about 9/11. Short of having Dick Cheney pitch up on screen and say, "OK... I'm sick of lying... we planned the whole thing in advance", it's quite hard to think of something that would really shake our received understanding of the event. But anniversaries come round and commissioning editors are as helplessly instinctive in their presence as a dog in front of a lamppost. So inevitably we get more documentaries in which those who were there run through the memories again. Channel 4 started things off on Wednesday night, focusing on the firefighters' experience, and last night ITV got in on the commemorative act with 9/11: the Day That Changed the World. Both of them replayed the same familiar footage of plane strikes and tower collapse (still compelling after countless viewings). And both of them captured the chaos and grief of the day. But what individual merit now comes down to in these things is usually fresh personnel and filled-in detail.
Sunday 28 August 2011
On 28 August 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the American city of New Orleans with the force of a nuclear explosion.
Friday 05 August 2011
These brisk studies of the 12 US Presidents from "empathetic", "prescient" Franklin D Roosevelt to "bullying, snide" George W Bush combine deft concision, sharp judgements and tremendous readability.
Saturday 30 July 2011
He wasn't rattled; instead, George W Bush was attempting to project an aura of calm as he mulled over news that terrorists had flown hijacked aeroplanes into the World Trade Centre in New York.
Wednesday 01 June 2011
Virtue is its own reward, we're told, but it can dole out some ingenious punishments too, tormenting the well intentioned with unforeseen consequences. The Storyville film Amnesty! When They Are All Free began as what looked like a corporate celebration of the charity's 50th anniversary, full of fond memories and approving sentiments. But by the time it had finished it had become a lot more nuanced and ambiguous.
Sunday 22 May 2011
Thursday 19 May 2011
The Danish director Lars Von Trier, whose films have seen characters mock the handicapped and mutilate each other, has surpassed his own strong record for controversy by jokingly claiming to be a Nazi and expressing his desire to direct hard-core pornography.
Sunday 06 February 2011
A visit to Switzerland by the former US president George W Bush planned for this week has been cancelled due to security concerns after left-wing groups called for mass protests and rights activists proposed legal action against him for allegedly ordering the torture of terrorism suspects.
Wednesday 02 February 2011
One of former president George Bush's twin daughters says she supports gay marriage.
Wednesday 19 January 2011
The Independent makes no apologies for returning this week to a forensic analysis of the events leading up to the 2003 Iraq invasion. Though it is almost eight years since the fall of Baghdad (and the main British protagonist, Tony Blair, left office more than three-and-a-half years ago) there remains a powerful public interest in getting to the bottom of how this country ended up in this most disastrous of foreign adventures.
Wednesday 19 January 2011
Tuesday 18 January 2011
The head of the civil service has refused to allow the official inquiry into the Iraq War to publish notes sent by Tony Blair to former US president George Bush.
Tuesday 09 November 2010
George Bush returned to the public eye with a bang last night, using his newly published memoirs to claim that information the US gained by “waterboarding” terror suspects helped to foil at least two attacks on London.
Thursday 04 November 2010
President George W Bush considered dropping Vice President Dick Cheney from his 2004 presidential campaign to "demonstrate I was in charge," the former president says in a new memoir.
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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