David Prosser: Flat Earthers take note: deflation is the enemy

Outlook So what do Sarah Palin and the gang that the Princeton University professor Alan Blinder describes as the "economic equivalent of the Flat Earth Society" make of the latest US inflation figures? Their terror is that the Federal Reserve's decision last month to begin another round of quantitative easing will send inflation soaring. Well, not so far. The figure for October was 0.6 per cent, the lowest rate recorded since records began in 1957.

Thomas Sutcliffe: Like salmon, some things are better wild

Social Studies: The British Government would be wise to resist the temptation to get our intangibles on the list

Sarah Palin email hacker sentenced

A man who was convicted of hacking into Sarah Palin's emails during the 2008 presidential campaign has been sentenced to a year and a day, with the judge recommending the term be served in a halfway house, not prison. The judge rejected a recommendation from prosecutors who argued for 18 months in prison.

Tea Party feels the pressure as counting begins in Alaskan poll

Court battles loom over 90,000 'write-in' votes in bitter battle for US Senate seat

Sarah Churchwell: I'd expect better of you, Emma

It is unfortunate that women are embracing these derogatory and sexist labels

Candidate's name spells trouble on Alaska's ballot forms

As votes were counted in America's tumultuous midterm last night, nowhere was there more scope for chaos in the complex counting process than in Alaska, where election supervisors were warning that declaring a winner in the US Senate race may not take a few hours, but perhaps days or even longer.

Sarah Sands: Men are being wrongfooted by the new feminists

The Time columnist Nancy Gibbs noted last week the taunting, muscular rhetoric coming from female Republican candidates. Christine O'Donnell told her opponent to "get your man pants on" after he raised a constitutional point. Sharron Angle, who campaigns with a .44 Magnum and a pick-up, tells her rivals to "man up". Heroine of the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, accuses President Obama of lacking "cojones" on immigration policy.

Rupert Cornwell: Fame and money: why Sarah Palin won't run for the White House in 2012

Out of America: The former governor of Alaska is the key figure in this week's mid-term elections – and it is this power, without responsibility, that she enjoys most

Michelle Obama: The three billion dollar woman

A New York professor of finance has revealed Mrs Obama's staggering impact on the world of fashion

Reality TV takes Palin into political wilderness

The quandary that is Sarah Palin just gets more troublesome.

Glee steps to heaven

As the first series of Fox's high-school hit is released on DVD, the cast tell James Rampton about the show's runaway success – and the thrill of discovering Gleeks in the White House

Diary: Armchair Field Marshal still fighting the last war

Although only a fool would reach a firm conclusion about Ed Miliband's leadership so soon, one omen suggests he'll do fine. Armchair Field Marshal the Lord (David) Aaronovitch has come to a firm conclusion about Little Ed's leadership, declaring him no leader at all. Writing in The Times, the fearless Parker Knoll warrior deconstructs Ed's conference speech to paint him as a posturing student politician of the kind who might answer every University Challenge question with "Trotsky".

Palin leads early manoeuvring for the White House

Possible candidates for the White House in 2012 have stepped up their jockeying for position, not just in a string of high-profile public events over the past few days but also out on the political battleground, building a power base by endorsing candidates and fund-raising for the imminent midterm elections.

Rupert Cornwell: It's not just the Tea Party that's turned US politics into an absurdity

The collapse of the old Republican centre, the decline of compromise, and the rise of partisanship has turned every legislative debate into trench warfare

The Sketch: Harriet could have unified Labour like no Miliband will ever do

To a chorus of "Ahhhhh"s, Harriet told the House: "One more question before I go..." It was her last appearance at PMQs as Labour deputy. "She's the third Labour leader I've had to face," the PM said. "And she's by far the most popular." More Ahhhhs, and some from the gallery. We're absurdly sentimental up there.

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