Barack the Vote

Items for sale in Chicago proclaim 'Obama is my homeboy', 'Barack the vote' and 'Bros not hoes'.

Supporting Barack Obama? Troubled by halitosis? Then the gift stores of Chicago have just the product for you. 'Mints for Obama,' the fetchingly decorated tin announces; 'Peppermints we can believe in.'

Or perhaps you're having friends over, and want to show your support in a way that's subtle yet fun. Why not treat yourself to a set of Obama playing cards, featuring all your favourites: Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, and, of course, Mr Change himself.

If that's not enough, Chicago's boutiques also offer all the latest in Obama-wear. Slogans on offer include 'Obama is my homeboy', 'Barack the vote' and, for those who want to show they're not new to the bandwagon, while simultaneously hinting at an edge of misogyny, the Barack and Hillary combo 'Bros not hoes.'

The most coveted piece of Obama memorabilia, however, is a ticket to next week's election night party in the city's Grant Park. Campaign volunteers were given first dibs, meaning tickets for enthusiastic outsiders are in short supply. They've thus been changing hands for breathtaking sums - and been labelled 'the hottest ticket in town' by the local papers. One even carried a story of a man willing to take any hot woman with a spare ticket out to dinner (lucky girls).

Even in the heart of Obama's adopted home, there is McCain material available, including both playing cards and mints ('Peppermints for McCain - proven fresh breath'). But demand is low. 'Yeah, we sell some,' the shopkeeper told me brightly when I asked how they were shifting. As much as Obama? 'Well, no, the ratio's about ten to one.' Pause. 'You're not for McCain, are you?'

Jonn Elledge edits the New Statesman's sister site CityMetric, and writes for the NS about subjects including politics, history and Daniel Hannan. He is on Twitter, almost continously, as @JonnElledge.

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The section on climate change has already disappeared from the White House website

As soon as Trump was president, the page on climate change started showing an error message.

Melting sea ice, sad photographs of polar bears, scientists' warnings on the Guardian homepage. . . these days, it's hard to avoid the question of climate change. This mole's anxiety levels are rising faster than the sea (and that, unfortunately, is saying something).

But there is one place you can go for a bit of respite: the White House website.

Now that Donald Trump is president of the United States, we can all scroll through the online home of the highest office in the land without any niggling worries about that troublesome old man-made existential threat. That's because the minute that Trump finished his inauguration speech, the White House website's page about climate change went offline.

Here's what the page looked like on January 1st:

And here's what it looks like now that Donald Trump is president:

The perfect summary of Trump's attitude to global warming.

Now, the only references to climate on the website is Trump's promise to repeal "burdensome regulations on our energy industry", such as, er. . . the Climate Action Plan.

This mole tries to avoid dramatics, but really: are we all doomed?

I'm a mole, innit.