In many ways, his life was an enactment of the American Dream
Alexander Butterfield’s journey to the heart of political darkness began one November day in 1968, when he learned that his old UCLA college chum H R “Bob” Haldeman was running the transition team of president-elect Richard Nixon.
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Few get closer to the Prime Minister than his barber, so no wonder Cameron's has been awarded with an MBE. And hair has always been big in politics, explains Andy McSmith
A week after he became the laughing stock of the internet with his so-called “water lunge”, Florida Senator Marco Rubio has proved he has a characteristic crucial to any politician: the ability to bounce back.
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Walt Zeboski, who died on 12 November aged 83, was a photographer for the Associated Press who chronicled Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign and a succession of California governors.
100 of the world's experts convened at the weekend to take stock of our progress – and the diagnosis is gloomy. Steve Connor reports
On 8 August 1974, Richard Nixon became the first US president in history to resign, following the Watergate scandal.
On Saturday The Independent is giving away a free DVD of 'The Machinist', starring Christian Bale. It's a stark, disturbing tale of a man who hasn't slept for a year, and charts his seeming descent into madness - or is he trying to ruin his life for no good reason?
Literary writers look down on crime novelists like me, says Ian Rankin
The atmosphere of Frost/Nixon is so heavy with self-importance that you'd be forgiven for thinking that, in it, the very fate of Western politics hangs in the balance. Ron Howard and Peter Morgan have opened up the latter's stage play to embrace a world of ritzy hotels and stretch limos, but he has kept the quasi-documentary build-up to persuade us that what we're to witness is a duel as legendary as David and Goliath, and as enthralling as Ali versus Foreman. And the prize at stake in this momentous encounter? An apology on TV from a disgraced politician. Pardon me if I'm underwhelmed.