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

Political wiles: Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln, who could handle the opposition

The Republicans need a dose of Lincoln's human factor

Out of America: The party's swing even further to the right has prevented compromise in American politics

Members of the Senate return from their holiday to tackle the fiscal cliff

Senate leader warns fiscal cliff deal unlikely

Prospects of a deal to pull the American economy back from the "fiscal cliff" appeared dimmer than ever tonight after the Democratic leader of the Senate admitted that attempts to agree an alternative to the automatic tax and spending changes due to kick in next month were likely to fail.

Barack and Michelle Obama in Hawaii on Christmas Day

Fiscal cliff crisis forces Obama to abandon Hawaii trip

With only days to go before the US goes over the “fiscal cliff”, President Obama cut short his Christmas break in Hawaii to arrive back in Washington DC in a last-ditch attempt to hammer out an alternative to the more than $600bn in looming spending cuts and tax rises.

Black Republicans are only ‘tokens’ of progress

Did you know that Representative Tim Scott will be the first black Republican senator since 1979? Well, that's a fact. But what's far less clear is what his appointment says about the racial attitudes of the GOP, according to Adolph Reed in the New York Times.

The Republican Speaker has offered tax rate rises for the rich

Fiscal cliff: Partisan differences narrow in negotiations over US budget

Republican Speaker and White House offer concessions as deadline for automatic cuts nears

Obama and Republicans still poles apart on fiscal-cliff deal

Democrats and Republicans remained as far apart as ever last night as they attempted to forge a deal that would avert a potentially devastating series of tax hikes and spending cuts.

Amol Rajan: Open letter to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

What utterly wonderful news. You must be thrilled! Naturally the whole nation is chuffed for you. The letters of congratulation will come flooding in, the emails, tweets, royal Facebook messages with special elbow length white gloves, and so on. And deservedly so: even rascal republicans like me take delight in that most simple and superior of joys, the arrival of a new life on Earth, and find ourselves smiling at your blissful news.

Split vote leaves Catalonia's separatists in quest for allies

The leader of Catalonia's largest nationalist party insisted yesterday that plans for the region's referendum on independence from Spain would go ahead despite his party losing ground in Sunday's regional election.

Republicans pin hopes for win on a third Bush

It has been less than a month since Mitt Romney was forced to abandon his 1,118-word victory speech, but already the Grand Old Party has begun the search for its great new hope, with Republican heads turning in the direction of Texas and the name Bush.

George P. Bush speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference

Republicans pin their hopes on a third George Bush

Grandson of one President – and nephew of another – signals that he is ready to run for political office

Satyajit Das: Fiscal cliff not big enough to solve US debt problem

Stateside View: What is needed is a review of all spending to better target it and align it with tax revenues

Bad loser Romney blames defeat on Obama 'handouts'

The Republican Party is still grappling with its electoral trouncing last week. But Mitt Romney has already worked out why he was thrashed at the ballot box: President Obama's "gifts" to minorities and illegal immigrants, college-loan waivers to young people and free contraceptives.

President Barack Obama

Romney: Obama won with 'gifts' to minorities

Candidate's first analysis of defeat blames President's handouts

How can the Republican Party save itself?

So you know how we at Independent Voices wrote, ahead of the election, that the Latino vote could cost the Republican Party this election, well, everyone else is now saying it really did cost them the election, and cost them future elections. Not, you understand, that we go in for "told you so" type commentary generally, because that is beneath us. Right? Right.

Power games: Obama must try to reach a compromise with the Republican-led House

A shot at glory: President Obama's second chance

He can use the next four years to tackle some of the US's worst problems – if only the Republicans will let him

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Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

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The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
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Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
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Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
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Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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The masterminds behind the election

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