New York: A Cousin in the White House

US Election Week diary: New Yorkers and their attitudes towards the new president

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Feminist Scorned

Sarah Palin's selection as John McCain's running mate aroused unprecedented rage and delight, especially among women - but why?

New York: Diary

‘New York feels much calmer than London about the financial crisis. It's not clear if this attitude is a product of resignation or sheer denial, schadenfreude against wealthy financiers, or perhaps a kind of emotional hardiness born of the 9/11 attacks.’

Sarah Palin

Governor Palin may be inexperienced but she owes her huge popularity in Alaska to getting things done

Joe Biden

Barack Obama's running mate is vastly experienced in getting foreign policy decisions wrong

ONLINE ONLY: How Sarah Got Drafted

Ordinary Americans and 'Netroots' activists chose Sarah Palin, not just John McCain

New York: A ‘Post-racial’ American vs an Old Coot

‘The Obama campaign will be touted as “historic,” and how do you run against history?’

American Revolution

Barack Obama has the mood, the momentum and the money in his favour - but John McCain's character and record could yet swing November's presidential election for the Republicans

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"