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

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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

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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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