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Bush passes, Quayle fails, the hog test

THE two girls squinted through the glare at the distinguished- looking man who sat by the roadside, apparently talking to himself. "Who's that?" asked one. "That's Dan Quayle," said the other, without any great surprise or interest. "Who's Dan Quayle?" was the response, as they wandered off to get an ice- cream.

... while maverick who stayed away retains mystique

IOWA had been crawling with Republican presidential hopefuls for weeks before yesterday's "straw poll". But there was one notable absentee.

Big spender Forbes woos Midwest

STEVE FORBES has mounted a massive push to boost his Presidential candidacy for the Republican Party as a key test of strength approaches today.

Bradley and Gore clash over abortion

AS THE Republican Party's would-be presidential nominees slugged it out before today's Iowa straw poll, an ugly spat erupted between the two contenders for the Democratic nomination on a topic that more often raises tempers on the right: abortion.

Forbes runs second to Bush

THE BILLIONAIRE publisher Steve Forbes has overtaken his opponents to stand second in the race for the Republican presidential candidacy, according to an opinion poll released last night.

Bush's campaign hits first setback

THE TEXAS Governor, George W Bush, early favourite for next year's Republican presidential nomination, has been forced into an embarrassing U-turn over campaign spending in the first serious mis-step of his month- old bid for the White House.

Dole falters on first lap of race

THIS SHOULD have been a week when Elizabeth Dole made headlines in America. One of the leading possible candidates for the Republican nomination for the White House, she announced on Wednesday that she was serious: she would go for it.

Rogue Trader: Commodity news: the everyday joys and heartbreaks of traded option folk

Previously in Commodity news: Coffee was on the brink of a nervous breakdown after being messed about by a gang of shifty Mexicans. Unloved Gold's life had fallen to pieces. She checked into a clinic, was put on a life-support machine, and started to have an affair with sexy Dr Greenspan. The Base Metals were bullying the Softs again. But Sugar was feeling slightly better. Now read on:

Support and cash flood in for Bush

TIRED BUT triumphant, George W Bush took the day off yesterday after launching his presidential campaign. The Governor of Texas, who is hot favourite to win the Republican nomination next year, confirmed on Saturday what had already been apparent: he will be a candidate for the White House, following in his father's footsteps. "I'm running, and I'm running hard," he said in Iowa, a state that is among the first to choose its candidates next February.

Bush jnr hits campaign trail

LIKE A STORM blowing across the plains from Texas, George W Bush, the man most likely to carry Republican hopes in next year's presidential elections, set out on his first campaign trip yesterday.

Bush goes on his first date with voters

IN CONVENTIONAL warfare, overwhelming force wins. But in guerrilla warfare, more lightly armed combatants can triumph by drawing their opponents into small engagements, turning their strength against them and gradually grinding them down.

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Clinton and Gore clash on election `spin'

VICE-PRESIDENT Al Gore flew back from a two-day campaign trip to Iowa yesterday into a new controversy. In Iowa, Mr Gore had given what was billed as the first main policy speech of his presidential campaign, an end-of-term disquisition on education at Graceland College, a small private college in the south of the state.

Arts: Clockwork composer

Music, as much as literature, engaged the celebrated creative energy of Anthony Burgess.

Dole's presidential run begins

ELIZABETH DOLE came to the snow-shrouded mid-Western state of Iowa yesterday and launched her bid for the White House, announcing the formation of an "exploratory committee" to determine her chances of raising the money and support she needs. Descending into a packed audience at the convention centre in Des Moines, in the populist Oprah-Winfrey style that has become her trademark, Mrs Dole said she wanted to restore "respect for our fellow man, civility, honesty and integrity".
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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?