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Morally speaking, I don't have any problem with representing someone who I personally believe is guilty.

Finger points way to Bullets' storming finale

Birmingham's revival bodes well for climax to basketball season

REAL LIVES: MAN'S WORLD

ONE OF my millennium's resolutions is to spend less time with my family - not my real family, but my internet family, a wide-ranging e-mail network providing a steady stream of gossip, support and inspirational poetry. Thanks to my modem I am in constant touch with faraway friends and relations. They are not, sadly, my friends and relations.

Dark suits and Christ fail to give Bush the edge

AFTER TWO lacklustre performances in television debates, George W Bush salvaged something from his third excursion into the debating hall, but still had much catching up to do. As the verdicts rolled in overnight and yesterday morning, the overall judgement on his latest appearance was: better, but still not good enough.

American Football: Warner the reject turns into fantasy man

t AMERICAN FOOTBALL In just three months an unknown quarterback has turned the St Louis Rams into Super Bowl contenders

Sun setting on America's family farms

FROM HER farmhouse kitchen, Lavon Griffieon can see field after field of green, stretching out to the horizon. On one side, that is. On the other, marching up almost to the farm, are serried ranks of brown and beige houses, concrete evidence of a problem that America is starting to notice: urban sprawl.

Living off fat of the bland: American Times: DES MOINES, IOWA

OUTSIDE, THE day is as hot as a well-tended barbecue at the Iowa State Fair. Inside, at the swine barn, the animals are moving nervously around the sawdust-strewn pen, sweating in the afternoon heat with a slightly harried look in their eyes. Their pigs don't look too happy either.

Monitor: The US press comments on the funding of the Iowa straw poll

All the News of the World The US press comments on the funding of the Iowa straw poll

Lamar Alexander pulls out of race

THE FIELD of Republican candidates for the Presidency narrowed yesterday, as a long- time contender finally acknowledged reality and withdrew.

Letter from Des Moines, Iowa: Sluggers not heroes any more

HE DID it again on Saturday. Mark McGwire. Hit a home run, that is. A year ago, America was exploding with pleasure every time the man punched a ball into outer space but this year, the sportswriters are being very blase. McGwire broke Roger Maris' record in 1998, and that was something; but if he breaks his own, well that just goes to prove how little the records are worth these days.

Forbes is second, but emerges as real victor

ALL THROUGH the afternoon they streamed into Ames from across Iowa. Some had come for a good time or to show their children democracy in action. Most were trucked in by candidates as campaign fodder.
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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015