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The president for vice

Josh Brolin: The punk who became president

He was a no-good party animal with a famous dad. But, against all expectations, he found huge success in his forties. No, not George Bush, but Josh Brolin, the actor who gives the performance of a lifetime in 'W', Oliver Stone's controversial new biopic

Bush backs 'bold' £380bn bail-out bill

The £380bn rescue package for the United States' economy is an "extraordinary agreement to deal with extraordinary problems" in the nation's economy, President George Bush said today.



The seven ages of love: 50s

I have been in love continuously since I was 15. I must love to be in love. Or, maybe it is still a novelty. I was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda. For us, Asian Shia Muslims, marriages were smart deals between families based on economic advantage and genetic improvement. Marrying up was a good move a dark boy getting a fair girl even better. My generation inspired by pop songs and Hollywood was the first to reject arranged marriages and go for Romance, big time.

Make way for the Segway!

They're banned on Britain's roads, but moves are afoot to have these stand-up scooters adapted for our cities

Bush: 'Wall Street got drunk and now it's got a hangover'

Secretly recorded, President Bush points the finger of blame for the credit crunch

The Sketch: How Gordon makes George sound like a star

There's a mood shift I sense in the matter of Gordon Brown. As long as we avoid the subject of history, I don't get the same urge to tear my own head off and throw it at him when he speaks. I hope I'm not sick. Even the arrival and endorsement of George Bush, the multilateral cretin, failed to produce expected levels of revulsive indignation. Have the reserves been depleted? Have we passed peak bile? Do we need a strategy for sustainable disgust? Renewable nausea? Have we squandered our resources? Has he exhausted us?

Campaigners accuse ministers over Bush visit

Anti-war campaigners have accused ministers of caving into American pressure by keeping protesters well away from a reception for George Bush in Downing Street tomorrow.

Bush 'may convert to Catholicism'

President George Bush was given such a splendid welcome by Pope Benedict XVI yesterday that rumours started flying that the President, like Tony Blair before him, was on the verge of converting to Catholicism.

Leading article: Inside story

The conclusions of the new political memoir that is creating a stir in Washington are pretty unremarkable. We are told that the Bush administration was engaged in "manipulating sources of public opinion" over Iraq and "downplaying the major reason for going to war". President Bush himself exhibited a "lack of inquisitiveness" and the real driver of policy in the White House was the Vice President, Dick Cheney. So much of this has become conventional wisdom.

Falling out with the President: the devious world of George Bush

As presidential spokesman until 2006, Scott McClellan had the task of defending some of the administration's most unpopular decisions. But his new book reveals what he really thought of his master

Ex-Bush adviser Rove must testify in case that could shame White House

Karl Rove, the former trusted adviser to President George Bush, will be compelled to testify on Capitol Hill in a high-profile investigation of alleged political meddling by the White House in decisions made by the US Justice Department.

Bush emotional, again, as he talks about overcoming his drink problem

The intensely private George Bush had another emotional moment yesterday when he discussed how he overcame his drinking problems through religion.

Mamet's new work: Why I am no longer a brain-dead liberal

The left-wing literati of London and New York were surely in a stew last night after one of their leading and most loyally liberal lights, David Mamet, confessed that advancing years have given him a greater appreciation for things conservative.

Leading article: A president's shameful legacy

Anyone who imagined that, with the clock running down on his tenure in the White House and America's attention concentrated on the election of his successor, George Bush could do no more serious damage to America's reputation in the world must now surely be rueing their complacency.

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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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