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

Joan Smith: Is Mrs Obama related to Miriam Clegg?

The New York Post raised the spectre of a woman making a covert bid for power

David Usborne: Capitalist credentials will decide contest

Democrats who believe that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee this year calculate that one word may end up deciding his match-up with Barack Obama. It is Bain.

Unease over Romney's wealth has been recently aired in GOP debates

Keep your mitts off my tax returns, says Romney

Mitt Romney, the long-running but still-vulnerable favourite to win the Republican presidential nomination, is once more facing awkward questions about his personal finances after announcing that he will refuse to share his tax returns with the US electorate.

Palin's show was to focus on husband Todd's snowmobile racing

Palin bandwagon grinds to a halt as networks turn away

No one wants to buy her new reality TV show

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1. Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof invented what language?

Fred with documentary film-maker John Keitel at the San Diego Gay Pride Parade in 2010

Out of the closet, into the White House

Fred Karger won't be President, but he will make a big noise trying. By Guy Adams

Fred with documentary film-maker John Keitel at the San Diego Gay Pride Parade in 2010

The gay man who came out of the closet ... as a Republican

Fred Karger's bid for the US presidency is unlikely to succeed. But he may just change some attitudes in his own party, he tells Guy Adams

The Secret Service said it has not conclusively connected Friday's incident with the bullets found on the White House grounds

US Secret Service says bullet hit window at White House

The US Secret Service said a bullet hit an exterior window of the White House and was stopped by ballistic glass.

The Watergate tape that made Nixon 'blow his stack'

Richard Nixon, the disgraced US president at the heart of the Watergate scandal, told a grand jury "I practically blew my stack" when he discovered sections of taped White House conversations had been erased, newly released transcripts from the hearing have revealed.

Palin’s tour continues, but can she join race to the White House?

She looks like a candiate. She sounds like a candidate. She's still touring key primary states in a vast, personalised camper van. But as the race for the Republican presidential nomination stutters into something like full gear, Sarah Palin still hasn't announced whether she intends to join the fray.

White House backs Fed's Bernanke

The White House has defended the independence of Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve's chairman, after the US presidental candidate Rick Perry declared that "printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous, or treasonous". The Texas Governor said: "If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y'all would do to him Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas."

As the final deadline gets closer, the parties move further apart

High anxiety over a possible default by the United States on its mountainous debt was undiminished last night, amid further wrangling on Capitol Hill on a possible way out of the crisis, with Republicans still pitted against Democrats and even against each other.

Former first lady Betty Ford dies at 93

Betty Ford, the former first lady whose triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center in California, died at age 93, a family friend said last night.

Clinton 'in talks on World Bank post'

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has been in discussions with the White House about leaving her job next year to become head of the World Bank, sources familiar with the discussions told Reuters yesterday.

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