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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 to defend decisions in memoirs

For the past few months he has lived by proxy – depicted by Josh Brolin in the movie W, and by Will Ferrell on the Broadway stage. But soon the real Dubya will be back. He might not be celebrated for his command of the English language – but, like most of his White House predecessors, George W Bush is writing his memoirs.

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Obama reverses Bush stem cell restrictions

President Barack Obama signed an order today that allows federal taxpayer dollars to fund expanded embryonic stem cell research, reversing one of his predecessor's policies viewed by many as blocking development of potentially life-saving medical treatment.

George W Bush: There can be no compromise between good and evil in this world

Like all who have held this office before me, I have experienced setbacks. There are things I would do differently if given the chance. Yet I've always acted with the best interests of our country in mind. I have followed my conscience and done what I thought was right. You may not agree with some of the tough decisions I have made. But I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions.

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Vice President-elect abandons the saccharine scriptto lambast his predecessor

Lasting impression: Will Ferrell's Dubya is back for one last swansong

Will Ferrell made his name impersonating Bush – and now he's pulling on his cowboy boots to reprise the role in a one-man show

Olmert claims he told Bush to backtrack on UN ceasefire deal

Israel's prime minister Ehud Olmert boasted that he in effect instructed George Bush not to vote for the UN resolution on a Gaza ceasefire, leaving Condoleezza Rice, who had, "cooked it up... pretty shamed".

Exit Bush, with a few digs at his critics – and himself

History will be my judge, outgoing President tells reporters at final White House press briefing

Bush to honour Blair with Medal of Freedom

Politics Tony Blair will receive America's highest civilian award – the Presidential Medal of Freedom – from George Bush next week.

Bush Sr backs second son for the presidency

Former President George Bush said yesterday he'd like to see his second son, Jeb, become President of the United States some day.

No shoes, no tie: Bush portrait is unveiled

"I suspected there would be a good-sized crowd, once word got out about my hanging," George Bush joked yesterday at the unveiling of his official portrait in Washington.

Shoe-thrower 'beaten' at Bush press conference

A judge is investigating the scuffle that followed the incident where a journalist, Muntadhar al-Zeidi, threw his shoes at President George Bush. Judge Dhia al-Kinani says Mr al-Zeidi, charged with insulting a foreign leader, "was beaten" at the news conference.

Bush shoe thrower 'appears beaten'

The investigating judge in the case of the Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at President George Bush said today that the man showed signs of being beaten.

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Josh Brolin has a good stab at rendering President Bush as complex. But the film comes too late to be useful, too early to dish the dirt

Richard Schiff: I've waited my whole life for change

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