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Conventional racing wisdom has it that speed, rather than an abundance of stamina, is the most important attribute in a potential King George VI Chase winner, hence the proliferation of specialists over shorter distances than three miles lining up at Kempton on Boxing Day.

DVD: 30 Rock: Season 1, (Universal)

There's more to Tina Fey than note-perfect Sarah Palin impersonations.

In video: Genius Moments '08

Genius moments: August 2008

Katy Guest: If that Obama phones again, get rid of him

We are so tuned in to pranks, that reality feels odd

Matthew Norman: A written constitution is the answer

Jacqui Smith is Brown’s lightning rod when it’s the PM we should be frazzling

Jack's back: The clock ticks for 24's antihero

Fans of 24's unique blend of violence, tension and breakneck action can rejoice; a TV special is about to hit our screens, and 'day seven' follows. But is the world turning against a show whose questionable ethics appear to condone torture?

Rupert Cornwell: Where can the Republicans go now?

The comparison is the 1997 rout of the Tories, another party that had outstayed its welcome

McCain: I will help Obama fix America

President-elect Barack Obama and his former rival John McCain pledged yesterday to launch "a new era of reform" after a dramatic meeting in Chicago appeared to dispel much of the election campaign's bitterness.

Terence Blacker: It's enough to make me cry... in private

The great blubbing debate has just moved to a new, decisive phase, with those of us who hold that crying in public is almost always a form of showing off in danger of being swept away on a tide of tears.

John Rentoul: A defining moment for... humble pie

Honesty proved an effective form of spin at Glenrothes and the momentum is with Labour

D J Taylor: Out of the swing

The BBC's tentative US poll analysis is a result of the corporation's nervous new approach. Bolder by far is Trump's invasion of Scotland. But novelists top the lot

Christina Patterson: A war of terror and cynicism, but not security

In Britain and America we treat the men and women we expect to die for us appallingly

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/11/tehranologist-o.html">Tehranologist: Obama and the Axis of Evil</a>

Along with the international enthusiasm, Iranians got very excited when they heard about Obama's rational views and dialogue-based attitude towards Iran. This changed slightly after Obama won the democratic candidacy and, at the same time, changed his rhetoric. Perhaps the change of heart came to the popular senator partly because of the provocation of the conservative candidate, John McCain.

Candace Bushnell: Sex, success, the city and the zeitgeist

Candace Bushnell, once called 'Jane Austen with a martini', turns a sharp, forensic gaze on New York's super-rich in her new novel

Palin for President? Not if McCain team can help it

The full scale of the tensions in the Republican election machine is emerging &ndash; and the allegations will do nothing for the running mate's ambitions
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