Dacre’s triumph, Searle’s survival and poems about microwaves
By Helen Lewis - 09 January 0:00

The Daily Mail was right. Not a sentence you read very often in this column, and I hope its regular captain will forgive me for spending a moment in praise of "Ayatollah" Dacre.

The NS Interview — P J O’Rourke
By Samira Shackle - 09 January 0:00

The great gonzo satirist and former writer for <em>National Lampoon</em> and <em>Rolling Stone</em>

Have you missed Herman Cain?
By Teresa Goncalves - 05 January 17:42

The one-time Republican presidential hopeful is back and on the road.

Michele Bachmann suspends her campaign
By Samira Shackle - 04 January 17:04

The candidate described by <em>Rolling Stone</em> as "late-stage Kim Jong-Il crazy" withdraws after

A lesson on health spending for Rick Santorum
By George Eaton - 04 January 15:34

The US state spends more on healthcare than the UK.

10 things you didn't know about Rick Santorum...
By Mehdi Hasan - 04 January 13:47

...but might like to know in the wake of his Iowa surge.

Romney wins by a whisker in Iowa
By George Eaton - 04 January 8:19

Republican frontrunner beats Rick Santorum by just eight votes in first primary.

How to read the Iowa caucus results
By Samira Shackle - 03 January 18:17

All eyes are on Iowa, where voters are still undecided. Here is what to look out for in the results.

Lookahead: Republican primaries 2012
By Samira Shackle - 27 December 14:51

The when, where and who of the Republican primary elections.

Baby sticks fingers in Obama's mouth
By Staff blogger - 27 December 13:00

Video of the president visiting a marine base in Hawaii goes viral.

Hazing hell in Afghanistan
By Yo Zushi - 23 December 19:51

Initiation rituals in the army may have led to the deaths of two Chinese Americans this year. Is cru

Guantánamo comes home
Guantánamo comes home
By Yo Zushi - 17 December 16:09

Instead of closing Guantánamo, Obama has brought its shameful disregard for human rights on to the h

Will the three Gs matter in Iowa?
By Roberto Barros - 17 December 10:37

In the first and most important caucus state, the GOP candidates are putting "gays, guns and God" is

How Fox News hid the fall in unemployment
By George Eaton - 13 December 11:51

News channel's graph ignores fall in unemployment from 9 per cent to 8.6 per cent.

On the streets with Bloomberg's "private army"
By Laurie Penny - 13 December 11:10

"Whose tweets? Our tweets!" Sometimes, only puns will do.

Did Romney throw his presidential bid away for $10,000?
By Roberto Barros - 13 December 10:14

The Republican frontrunner tried to make a bet with a rival candidate during a televised debate, she

The Gingrich trick wears thin
By Laurie Penny - 12 December 0:00

"You're from Britain? You want to watch out," says the man with the Newt 2012 sticker plastered across his paunch. "If you don't do something soon, your country will be under sharia law.

Newt encounters a different kind of Tea Party
By Laurie Penny - 05 December 11:19

"To my astonishment, the audience applauds. Gingrich is in a spot."

Gingrich hit by "Serial Hypocrisy" video
By Roberto Barros - 02 December 15:20

Youtube campaign ad released by GOP hopeful Ron Paul calls out his rival on inconsistencies.

Is this a transgression too far for Herman Cain?
By Mark Jenner - 30 November 14:14

The former businessman is "reassessing" his campaign amid the allegation of a 13 year affair.

The man from Massachusetts has momentum
By Ben Smith - 28 November 0:00

There are two readings of Mitt Romney’s position — he can’t win, and he can’t lose. But might he be

Occupy Black Friday
By Laurie Penny - 25 November 18:39

Discount shoppers are not the 1% - and activists must remind them that another world is possible.

In America, the pro-life lobby gears up
By Laurie Penny - 20 November 11:52

To gain political capital, elected representatives are exploiting the national hysteria over abortion.

Why the NYPD are kidnapping books
By Laurie Penny - 17 November 13:41

The dismantling of Occupy Wall Street's library is a metaphor for how our culture is policed.

Herman Cain struggles to recall details of Libya conflict
By Samira Shackle - 15 November 11:45

"Got all this stuff twirling around in my head," says Republican presidential hopeful.

Rick Perry's fate sealed by an "Oops"
By Felicity Spector - 10 November 16:02

To think that all those millions of dollars raised should come to this: a man who looks too stupid t

Is Rick Perry drunk in this video?
By Samira Shackle - 03 November 11:31

"Highlights" of the Republican candidate's bizarre speech has notched up over 1m views on YouTube.

Herman Cain denies sexual harrassment allegations
By Samira Shackle - 31 October 17:40

Republican candidate fails to answer the crucial question of whether his accusers were paid off.

Dream republic
By Olivia Laing - 31 October 0:00

Everyone in Brooklyn seems to be writing something.

Can Perry afford to pull out of televised debates?
By Samira Shackle - 28 October 12:49

After a series of poor performances, the Texas governor will pull out of some debates. It is a high