Republican politician won't give up his lifestyle to run for the White House

Warm welcome to the people's house

The First Lady, Michelle Obama, laid on the warmth and affection she is famous for when she invited Sarah Brown into the residential quarters of the White House yesterday afternoon.

Brown faces humiliation after Obama 'snub'

Downing Street is looking to avoid potential humiliation after the White House scaled down the profile of Gordon Brown's first formal meeting with Barack Obama.

9/11 widow killed in US plane crash

One of the victims of Continental Flight 3407, Beverly Eckert, was a 9/11 widow who put her grief to good use to make the country safer.

Obama takes presidential oath — again

After the mistake heard around the world, President Barack Obama has taken the oath of office. Again.

Through the keyhole at the White House

Tomorrow morning, the Obamas will wake up in some pretty cool digs. From FDR's private cinema to the bed where Barbra Streisand laid her head, Rupert Cornwell peers through the keyhole of America's historic – and iconic – First Residence

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48 Hours In: Washington DC

There's only one place to be this week. As Barack Obama prepares to take the Oath of Office, Cathy Packe visits a city bulging with impressive museums and trendy eateries

Presidency, Sprüth Magers, London

One of the world's most famous rooms is not all it seems in Thomas Demand's latest work

<a href="">Jack Riley: Post Barack'n'Roll with Death Cab For Cutie </a>

Back in May, when Death Cab For Cutie front man Ben Gibbard did his best to drum up support for a man who, at the time, seemed a million miles from the White House, the crowd in which I stood to watch them play were unsure what to make of the political outburst for Barack Obama, sandwiched as it was between heartfelt ballads to broken relationships and pessimistic rocking-out.

Scramble for top jobs at the White House

As the celebrations subside, the task of appointing key lieutenants begins. Leonard Doyle reports from Washington

Bush hails Obama win as 'triumph of the American story'

President-elect Barack Obama can "count on complete cooperation" after his "impressive victory" as he prepares to take over at the White House, President George Bush said today.

Leading article: In the shadow of the White House

All eyes are on the US election this week, but closer to home, the by-election in Glenrothes will be important in a British context as a test of the Government's standing and of the strength of the "Brown bounce".

McCartney prepares for landmark Israel concert

Sir Paul McCartney was today preparing for his controversial concert in Israel, more than 40 years after the Beatles were banned amid concerns over youngsters being corrupted.

School's out for ever at Grange Hill

The Grange Hill school bell rings for last time today as the final episode of the series is screened.

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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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