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  • Leading article: The pendulum has swung - and America has changed
    Wednesday, 5 November 2008

    The advent of a Democratic president, supported by enlarged Democratic majorities in both chambers on Capitol Hill, signifies the end of the conservative era that began with Ronald Reagan's victory in 1980. Today, the three traditional pillars of tha...

  • Leading article: A new President for a new American age
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    Until the Democratic nominee arrived to address the vast crowd in Chicago, having passed the crucial tally of electoral college votes, it had been just possible to believe that victory would somehow elude him; that America had, after all, not been re...

  • Jay McInerney: We New Yorkers have others to thank
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    In many ways, this moment feels like the obverse of that terrible morning after. And it feels like some sort of vindication for those of us who feel that our country lost its bearings not long after that. In 25 years I have never seen the kind of mas...

  • Leading article: We are all paying the pricefor the banks' mistakes
    Wednesday, 5 November 2008

    Mr Hester, parachuted in last month to replace the recently departed RBS head Sir Fred Goodwin, said in an interview yesterday that in 2008 "profits will be difficult to achieve" and that it "wouldn't be a surprise" if analysts forecast a loss for th...

  • Letters: Obama and the economy
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    Companies have not suddenly started to declare unusual profits, the so-called toxic investments are still there, and the banks are still sulking and not lending. Investors are caught up in the moment and imagine that government efforts to ease credit...

  • Leading article: The fun's over
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    It was a fitting final note, because the 2008 presidential election has delivered some first-rate entertainment. And not just in America. The spectacle of our own politicians jostling to attach themselves to the victorious Mr Obama yesterday was remi...

  • Alan Davey: The arts are here to provide the strength to overcome despair
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    The way to maintain the confidence of audiences and private sector funders is to be bold and ambitious, and not retreat into 'safe'. We know from previous hard times that if standards of aspiration and ambition fall, audiences don't engage and organi...

  • Sophie Morris: Lessons in life that only a pet can give us
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    No: it's the low growl dogs emit if you disturb them while they're eating. In dogspeak, this means: "Come back in seven seconds, by which time I'll have seen away this bowl of bland dry biscuits and be ready to accept titbits from the kitchen table."...

  • Sean O'Grady: A speech with echoes of Lincoln and Nixon
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    Yet while much of Obama's address was more or less an echo of the concerns of worried Americans repeated back to them by a man who sought to reassure, other words and phrases reverberated down the years. Most explicit was his graceful obeisance to Ab...

  • Baratunde Thurston: We rejected so much history and so many rules that have bound us. We rejected fear
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    I am in South Dallas, Texas, being hugged by the elderly black election judge I met during the primaries. I am six years old and have just learnt to swim. I am cheering with my Dominican barbers. I am being called a nigger by white children on a camp...

  • Michael Brown: Under Reagan's gaze the faithful despaired
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    The writing was on the wall an hour before the polls closed when I addressed two dozen politics students at the American University. Only two had voted for Senator McCain, and no warnings from me that expectations and high hopes were likely to run fa...

  • Letters: 'War crimes' at Agincourt
    Wednesday, 5 November 2008

    The next scene follows immediately with Fluellen's ironic comment on reports that the enemy has retaliated, "Kill the poys and the luggage! 'Tis expressly against the law of arms." So, though it may be true that no historian would view Henry as a war...

  • Alexa Chung: 'Some doofus asks if I'm in pain. My thumbs respond with a resounding yes'
    Wednesday, 5 November 2008

    But thankfully, Hampshire is just uneventful enough for the time to pass without my noticing. I've thus far dedicated a lot of my aimless thinking to Aga maintenance, what it might be like to be a horse (to be explained later), and, of course, this c...

  • Leading article: A messy medical compromise
    Wednesday, 5 November 2008

    Mr Johnson plans to allow English patients to "top-up" their NHS treatment with additional drugs considered too expensive for the public to fund. His decision will have two immediateeffects. In the first place, it will allow morepeople to receive bet...

  • Taras Kuzio: Yushchenko should not have called the Ukraine to the ballot box
    Wednesday, 5 November 2008

    This would give Yushchenko about 50 seats in the December elections, but the president still expects to be able to appoint the prime minister. He wants to appoint a "technical" figure such as the speaker of the Rada, Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Yushchenko is ...

  • Kathy Marks: Australia's persistent racism
    Wednesday, 5 November 2008

    Mr Doomadgee had been involved in a scuffle inside the police station with the arresting officer, Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley. An autopsy found Mr Doomadgee had four broken ribs, a ruptured spleen and a liver "virtually cleaved in two". The injuries...

  • Guy Adams: Another kind of seismic event...
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    It has nothing to do with the election. The inhabitants of Los Angeles have been coming to terms with a seismic annual event that strikes at the very fabric of their lives: the start of the "rainy" season. This being Southern California, it's importa...

  • Leading article: Political joke
    Wednesday, 5 November 2008

    If you can imagine all that, you can imagine the amusement of Iranians on learning that their interior minister, Ali Kordan, never studied at Oxford University, as he used to boast, and that his degree "certificate" purporting to be from Oxford was r...

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