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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.

Bush's 9/11 megaphone goes on show

To his supporters and detractors alike, they are objects that tell the story of George W Bush's presidency.

Condoleezza Rice: I told Bush not to come back after 9/11

Condoleezza Rice has revealed that she shouted at President George Bush and banned him from returning to Washington to run the country in the chaotic few hours following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Stephen Foley: Bush tax cuts impasse threatens recovery

US Outlook: American politics has gone through the looking glass. The Republicans, who have fought every economic stimulus to date, are pushing for the extension of Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, saying an economic downturn is no time to raise taxes. The Democrats, who previously downplayed towering deficits, have got fiscal religion and argue the cuts must be reversed. Inevitably, the explanation is naked interest-group politics.

Kris Kristofferson, Cadogan Hall, London

Kris Kristofferson has had a roller-coaster career, from military service and an Oxford scholarship to cleaning floors in a Nashville recording studio and making it big as a country singer and movie actor. At 74, his beard now totally white, he stands centre-stage, guitar in hand and harmonica at his lips. You can still see the Hollywood-grade cheekbones that earned him legions of female admirers.

Bush memoir launch held back until after elections

The publishers of the widely anticipated memoir from former US president George W Bush have set a 9 November date for its release, precisely – and surely not coincidentally – one week after Americans vote in mid-term congressional elections that are likely to see substantial gains for the Republicans.

Bush memoir to recall 9/11 and disputed election

The publisher of former US President George W. Bush's book Decision Points set a November 9 release date, unveiled its cover design and announced new details about it.

A radical proposal: Why will Jim Crace's next book be his last?

Jim Crace made his name with literary fiction, but his new novel lurches in an entirely new direction: real-world politics.

Courage and Consequence, By Karl Rove

Dubya's top aide refutes his rep for dirty tricks

Bush 'would not have invaded had he known about WMD'

Blair would have gone in anyway – but Bush was more cautious, says Karl Rove

Bush decided UN backing not necessary, says Blair

United Nations backing for the Iraq war would have made "life a lot easier", Tony Blair said today.

I did not bully Lord Goldsmith, insists Blair

Former PM comes out fighting as more revelations emerge from inquiry

From 'hood to boardroom: Would you take career advice from George Bush and 50 Cent?

Get Motivated!" is plastered in large yellow letters at the top of a garishly-designed website. Below this powerful call to arms are various toothy mug shots of motivational speakers. They are all due to appear at a forthcoming seminar for businessmen in Fort Worth, Texas. A sports star here, a bestselling author there, and...hang on – didn't that guy used to be President?

Investment Column: A good time to return to Premier Farnell

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Alejandro Escovedo, Bush Hall, London

Alejandro Escovedo is more cult figure than household name, but over the last few years he's started getting some of the kudos he deserves – and just in time, given that he almost died in 2003 of Hepatitis C. Friends and musicians, including Steve Earle and John Cale, released a tribute album to help pay his medical bills, and after the strings-drenched The Boxing Mirror in 2006, his latest album, Real Animal, is an intense musical memoir that ranges from his youth in California to the punk years in New York and later in Austin.

Johann Hari: Gay rights is the one conspicuous success of a flawed man

Tony Blair's decade in power is seared with disappointments – but there is one cool, consistent success story that ran through his time in power: the rapid advance of gay rights. If we had known in 1997 we would achieve full legal equality – even including de facto marriage – so fast and with so little fuss, we would have been startled.

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