News

Cabinet meetings under Margaret Thatcher were “miserably disappointing” gatherings devoid of debate and filled with “unctuous self-satisfaction”, one her most senior ministers said in 1984.

US regulators in talks to rescue troubled lender to small businesses

The US government is locked in talks to try to save one of the country's most important lenders to small business, CIT Group, as the bank faces a funding crisis.

Adrian Hamilton: The wrong way to reform the Select Committee system

The problem is not an overweening executive but that policy is so poor

Persevere with me on economy, says Obama

Next stop Capitol Hill to head off confrontation on the federal budget

Rupert Cornwell: Don't believe the critics – Obama is off to a good start

For once a US politician is treating his electorate as grown-ups

Obama economy plan approved

President Barack Obama's $825 bn (£584 bn) stimulus plan cleared its first major hurdle today, but failed to win bipartisan support.

Andrew Keen: An American who wants Americans to be globally well-informed

Tip O'Neill, the former Speaker of America's House of Representatives, famously said that all politics is local. But while such parochial wisdom might work for politics, it certainly doesn't make sense for new media in a digital age of the global network. One man who certainly doesn't share O'Neill's focus on the local is Philip Balboni, the CEO of GlobalPost ( www.globalpost.com), a very promising international news website launched earlier this month.

John Quincy Adams

6th president - 1825-1829

Illinois House votes to impeach governor

The Illinois House of Representatives today impeached Governor Rod Blagojevich, who is accused of abuse of power including an attempt to sell President-elect Barack Obama's former US Senate seat.

Party in search of a new direction

The post-election position of the Republican Party is so dire, even the most seasoned outside observers can't make up their minds what will happen to it. "There is going to be an explosion and an implosion" in its ranks, predicts, Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/09/blank-cheque-bo.html" target="_blank">John Rentoul: Blank cheque bounced</a>

Gordon Brown says it is "very disappointing" that Congresspersons, mostly Republicans, in the House of Representatives threw out the bailout plan.

Gay American war hero with Purple Heart who didn't tell unless asked

In life, Major Alan G Rogers was an American patriot, committed to the US Army in which he had served for 18 of his 40 years. His death this year, from a roadside bomb, which took the number of American losses in Iraq to more than 4,000, robbed the service of an outstanding military intelligence officer and deprived his friends of someone they all described as a great listener and a profoundly religious man.

Oil market not being manipulated by traders, select committee is told

The UK financial regulator and the oil futures exchanges have mounted a robust defence of their controls in front of a government committee, and rejected claims that speculators were behind the soaring price of oil.

Minister sent for anger therapy

An Australian politician who told a pregnant rival that her baby could be born a demon was ordered to seek anger counselling after a string of allegations about her behaviour.

Letters: Legalise cannabis

If you want to reduce the harm cannabis does, legalise it

The Official Election-Watcher's Glossary

Confused by the electoral coverage? This A-to-Z of buzz-words and commonly used political terms will help you make sense of what is going on, as well as highlighting the key issues.

News
people Emma Watson addresses celebrity nude photo leak
News
Katie Hopkins appearing on 'This Morning' after she purposefully put on 4 stone.
peopleKatie Hopkins breaks down in tears over weight gain challenge
News
Boris Johnson may be manoeuvring to succeed David Cameron
i100
News
peopleHis band Survivor was due to resume touring this month
News
people'It can last and it's terrifying'
News
In this photo illustration a school student eats a hamburger as part of his lunch which was brought from a fast food shop near his school, on October 5, 2005 in London, England. The British government has announced plans to remove junk food from school lunches. From September 2006, food that is high in fat, sugar or salt will be banned from meals and removed from vending machines in schools across England. The move comes in response to a campaign by celebrity TV chef Jamie Oliver to improve school meals.
science
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Life and Style
fashionModel of the moment shoots for first time with catwalk veteran
Life and Style
fashionPart of 'best-selling' Demeter scent range
Career Services

Day In a Page

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering