Matthew Norman: Has Barack Obama just been handed victory on a plate?

Romney may wish to frame the election as a choice about the budget. But the true battle is ideological

Paul Ryan went solo for the first time yesterday as vice presidential candidate to-be

Paul Ryan flies solo for the first time as he takes on Barack Obama in a key swing state

Having fulfilled his initial task of providing a sorely needed jolt of excitement to the Republican faithful, Paul Ryan today went solo for the first time as vice presidential candidate-to-be, taking on Barack Obama directly in one of the key swing states in November’s election.

US political pundits begin scouring Wikipedia pages for hints over the identity of Mitt Romney's pick for potential Vice President

Breathe easy, Donald Trump is not going to be the Republican running mate in the presidential election and has no chance of ever being one heartbeat away from controlling America’s nuclear codes. We know this because his profile on Wikipedia, the encyclopaedia site, hasn’t been touched in weeks.

Suicidal thoughts make Springsteen a better role model than happier folk

Tim Lott: You've got to fight for your right to frown

Our writer is sceptical about those who find it easy to be happy

BBC drama Sherlock wins Critics' Choice Television Award

BBC sleuth drama Sherlock, its star Benedict Cumberbatch and TV presenter Cat Deeley have won top gongs at a US awards ceremony.

Simon Cowell admits he 'had a crush' on his fellow X Factor judge, Dannii Minogue

Trending: Cowell's crush joins tales with added X Factor

The news that Simon Cowell supposedly had a fling with his fellow X Factor judge Dannii Minogue filled the weekend's tabloids. The story comes from Tom Bower's new biography of the publicity-friendly music mogul, in which Cowell admitted that he "had a crush" on Minogue, adding, "it was genuine love".

David Usborne: The vice-presidential warning: don't do a John McCain

Among the first to raise the Palin spectre has been the man credited with bringing her on in 2008
Nazi piece of work: Julia Dietze and Götz Otto star in 'Iron Sky'

The sci-fi movie Hollywood would not dare to make

A spoof film about Nazis living on the Moon has become an unlikely hit, says Kaleem Aftab

Matthew Norman: Obama has nothing to fear from this freakshow

The GOP is putting on a Tea Party-backed, smash hit revival of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'

Knox has hired a top agent to secure a book deal

Knox tells Obama's agent: now I'll sell my story

Amanda Knox is planning to sell her story of her murder trial after hiring a literary agent to negotiate what she hopes will be a lucrative book deal.

Last Republicans standing race to grab a slice of Cain's support base

Conservative members of Grand Old Party remain unwilling to settle for Mitt Romney

Leading article: Palin loses her pulling power

A week may be a long time in politics in Britain but in America it might just as well be a lifetime. Remember when Sarah Palin was the darling of the Republican Party and being talked of as a serious contender to Barack Obama in 2012?

Palin’s tour continues, but can she join race to the White House?

She looks like a candiate. She sounds like a candidate. She's still touring key primary states in a vast, personalised camper van. But as the race for the Republican presidential nomination stutters into something like full gear, Sarah Palin still hasn't announced whether she intends to join the fray.

Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent, Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

US comedian Margaret Cho has never minced her words. She once called Sarah Palin "the worst thing to happen to America since 9/11" and her stance on gay rights has drawn fire from conservatives at home.

Buttering up starts in earnest as Palin busses into Iowa

The dreams of all the declared candidates for the Republican presidential nomination – and of a couple not yet formally announced – are about to be burnished, dented or even dashed in a 48-hour blitz of campaign activity among the fried-butter stands and cow pens of the Iowa State Fair.

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