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.

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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee