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A new book says the Clintons don’t just bear grudges, they write them down and rank them

Secret Nixon tapes reveal intimate chat with Brezhnev - including smoking tips

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As he and Vicky Pryce are jailed, Chris Huhne shows politicians should steer clear of driving

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The revolving door at the boardroom of Mitchells & Butlers, the pub and restaurant group, swung open again yesterday for the exit of its interim chief executive, Jeremy Blood.

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Is it as futile to rewrite history as it is to rewrite a football match after the final whistle blows?

Ted Kennedy's 'night in a Chilean brothel' is revealed FBI files

A young Ted Kennedy arranged to rent a brothel for a night while visiting Chile in 1961, a year before he was elected to the US Senate, according to a newly released FBI file.

Oil spill compensation claims could soar over lawyer's links to BP

Judge's ruling could mean thousands will head straight to court

Rupert Cornwell: The Senate really is the land where time stands still

Out of America: Democratic leader Harry Reid is using the age-old filibuster to strike a deal with the Republicans

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is about to bow out as Governor of California – but what will he do next, asks Guy Adams

John Boehner: The 'country-club' Republican now within two heartbeats of the President

Assuming he is elected the next Speaker of the House of Representatives next January, John Boehner will, according to the Constitution, be two heartbeats from the Presidency. Far more important, until his party chooses its presidential nominee for 2012, he will be the most powerful Republican in America.

Republicans poised for biggest gains in Congress for a century

Gloating has already begun as Obama's critics anticipate revenge for 2008

Yes we can, Obama said. But can he?

US gets ready for a new kind of presidency

Matthew Norman: Hillary's time may yet come

Could Barack Obama conclude that an old enemy is better placed to safeguard America from Republican madness, and walk away with dignity, as well as relief?

Diane Abbott to stand for shadow cabinet

Defeated Labour leadership contender Diane Abbott today confirmed she is standing for election to the shadow cabinet, as she attacked "ludicrous caricatures" of Ed Miliband as "Red Ed".

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