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Planning rules waived for Reagan statue

Westminster allows tribute at US embassy so Baroness Thatcher and Nancy Reagan are well enough to unveil it

Jane Bryan: Actress and staunch Republican who became Bette Davis's protégé but gave up her career to marry

Jane Bryan was a fresh-faced contract player at Warner Bros. in the late 1930s and became the protégé of the studio's top female star, Bette Davis. She made 18 films during her four years at the studio, notable among them those she made with Davis. But in 1939 she gave up her career to marry a ruggedly handsome Walgreen executive, Justin Dart, a former All-American football player on his way to becoming a millionaire. She and Davis were to remain friends, and in 1940 Davis wed her second husband, Arthur Farnsworth, at the Darts' ranch in Arizona.

Jack Kemp: Politician who championed the cause of supply-side economics

Jack Kemp was a bundle of contradictions. He was a top-flight American football player who became one of the country's most prominent politicians, serving on Capitol Hill, as a cabinet secretary under the first President Bush and, in 1996, as his party's vice-Presidential candidate. He was a staunch conservative, but also a powerful advocate for minorities and the poor. For many, he was never more than a simple jock. Arguably however, his most lasting political impact was intellectual: as champion of the supply-side theories that dominated Republican economic thinking for a generation.

Sir Nicholas Henderson: Diplomat who secured American help for Britain during the Falklands War

Sir "Nicko" Henderson was in the great tradition of splendidly flamboyant British diplomats: colourful but effective, larger than life but with an underlying shrewdness, idiosyncratic without being actually eccentric.

Rupert Cornwell: In desperation, the defeated right turns to Rush Limbaugh

Out of America: With a daily audience of 20 million, the controversial talk radio host has become the authentic voice of Republicans

Bruce Anderson: Brown can't save the world – and even Obama can't save him

Despite all the fanfare and the grandeur, he goes to Washington as a supplicant

Obama address gives US audacity to hope

After describing the US economy in nearly apocalyptic terms for weeks, pushing his $787 billion stimulus plan through Congress, President Barack Obama used his address to Congress last night to tap the deep well of American optimism - the never-say-die spirit that every president tries to capture in words. And great presidents embody.

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The long search for Kennedy's successor

This afternoon, when Barack Obama takes the Oath of Office, America's 50-year quest to find a truly transformational leader will finally be over.

Obama's inauguration: A day for hope

It is both obvious yet remarkable – the most powerful man in the world is black, writes Rupert Cornwell

The US presidency in numbers

Brian Viner: Like Obama, we were all young once

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