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Vietnam veteran angered at peace-loving protestors

Obama shares sofa with TV's daytime divas

With his approval ratings diving and the outlook for his party in November's mid-term elections dimming, President Barack Obama shifted into campaign mode yesterday as the guest on The View, a daytime talk show with five co-hosts including Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters. It went pretty well until the Jersey Shore question.

Republican rift sparked by Afghan war

Just months before the US mid-term elections, the Republican Party is grappling with an unexpected internal ruckus triggered by its chairman, Michael Steele, after he suggested the Afghan war was of "Obama's choosing" and wasn't one that the country ever really "wanted to engage in".

Niall Ferguson: 'What would the left wing do without me?'

He's the media don who makes liberals bristle. Now Niall Ferguson is rewriting economics. He talks to Sean O'Grady about banking in the Third Reich, the failure of Obama and how he's helping Michael Gove

Cape heads stout Irish defence of Curragh showpiece

The Irish Derby, to be run for the 145th time at the Curragh this afternoon, has taken on a variety of guises over the years: a lap of honour, a decider, a consolation prize. Today, following a recent trend, it is once again the lastnamed and, with the best will in the world, does not seem a renewal of Ireland's premier Classic to quicken the pulse unduly. Except down Co Tipperary way, perhaps. Aidan O'Brien will be going for his eighth victory, and fifth in a row, and even though four of the five Ballydoyle contenders have already failed in their Group One endeavours, that does not necessarily write them off at the highest level.

Republicans exploit sacking to challenge Afghan strategy

McCain leads assault on Obama's decision to reveal exit strategy from warzone

McCain happy to uphold tradition with Overturn

The Northumberland Plate, one of the calendar's longest-established marathons, was first run in 1833, a year which was, topically enough, also a significant one for the nation's finances. It was then that the Treasury first became a ministerial department; the inaugural Chancellor of the Exchequer to deliver a budget under the new regime, Viscount Althorp, was a Whig, an early sort of Liberal.

Petraeus collapses at Senate hearing

The general who oversees the war in Iraq and Afghanistan slumped at the witness table yesterday while testifying at a US Senate hearing.

Archie Bland: General Petraeus’ faint praise for Obama

Well, that’s a rare contrast that helps BP. On the same day their US chief Lamar McKay was getting thoroughly roasted by the House energy and commerce sub-committee, and, all right, not exactly breezing it, but at least remaining on a relatively even keel, US commander in Iraq and Afghanistan General David Petraeus was collapsing in the middle of a considerably friendlier interrogation by John McCain. Goodness known what would have happened to Petraeus had he been subjected to the same tongue-lashing as McKay and his fellow oil chiefs.

Mary Dejevsky: The voters are back in the game

The worst is that instead of courting us with promises the major parties have taken to threatening us instead

Tim Walker: Facebook wants to tame the web

Facebook doesn't really do irony, and nor would you if you were an $11.5bn internet behemoth with upwards of 400 million users. So all those blue "Like This" buttons that you'll have noticed appearing web-wide this week, eagerly waggling their little upwards-pointed thumbs, are in complete earnest. The roll-out of "Like" widgets to sites such as IMDB, Yelp and Slate allows Facebook users to instantly recommend movies, restaurants and news articles to their friends without even logging in to their Facebook accounts, and was one of a number of new features announced at the company's f8 developer conference in California last week.

Online sites win journalism firsts at Pulitzers

ProPublica, in an historic first for online journalism, have won a coveted Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting about controversial deaths at a New Orleans medical center following Hurricane Katrina.

Sarah Sands: Yes, the voting age should be changed – to 25

Gordon Brown has got it wrong about youth

Who’s hot (and who’s not) in the big race

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Has his quirks but the type to come alive for Nina Carberry over these fences. Stays well, too, and has shown glimpses of class in his time, albeit not since returning from an injury. Odds: 16-1

Is Balls heading for a Portillo moment?

The man tipped as Gordon Brown's successor faces an uphill struggle to win his seat. Andy McSmith reports from the battleground

Palin flies to Arizona to breathe life into McCain's Senate bid

Chasing a fifth term, Vietnam vet summons darling of Republican right to save his campaign
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...