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<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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