Why Biden calls Trump a ‘climate arsonist’ – video explainer

Humanity is said to have just 10 years left to start seriously tackling the climate crisis before passing the ‘point of no return’ with multiple-degree temperature increases, rising sea levels and increasingly disastrous wildfires, hurricanes, floods and droughts predicted. Scientists say the US is far off the path of what is necessary for the nation and […]

If Biden wins what would the first 100 days of his presidency look like?

If he succeeds in defeating Trump, the Democrat will have to urgently tackle the pandemic and rebuild global relationships If Joe Biden wins the 2020 US election against Donald Trump next week, the new president-elect will face enormous pressures to implement a laundry list of priorities on a range of issues from foreign policy to […]

How does one of the world’s biggest pork firms go bust during a boom?

A giant US player is quitting despite huge export hikes during the pandemic – the reasons why get to the heart of the industry How does one of the largest pork companies in the US go out of business at the height of a crazy global pork boom? And what does this tell us about […]

Build your own US election result: plot a win for Biden or Trump

Biden may be ahead in the polls, but key battlegrounds that the Democrats lost unexpectedly in 2016 could come through again for Trump on 3 November. Use our simulator to build your own election result map • US swing state polls tracker The electoral map has shifted in 2020, amid new challenges from misinformation to […]

‘Just like propaganda’: the three men enabling Trump’s voter fraud lies

The hysteria over voter fraud has reached an alarming pitch – and this dangerous moment in US democracy wouldn’t be possible without the work of these men One night in late February 2017, Hans von Spakovsky, a lawyer at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative thinktank in Washington DC, fired off an email. The White House […]

Twenty years of the International Space Station – but was it worth it?

Has the ISS benefited society? Scientists are divided: for some, it’s a beacon of unity; for others, just a set for an action film Space scientists are preparing to celebrate a remarkable astronautical achievement. In a few days, they will mark the 20th anniversary of humanity’s continuous presence in outer space. For two decades, teams […]

Plane crash of US navy trainer kills crew and burns home

Two dead on board T-6B Texan II aircraft with a house and cars on fire in ‘heavily populated’ area outside Foley, Alabama A US navy training plane that took off from Florida crashed on Friday in an Alabama residential neighbourhood near the Gulf Coast, killing both crew on board, authorities said. Zach Harrell, a naval […]

Humanity has eight years to get climate crisis under control – and Trump’s plan won’t fix it

Donald Trump presented a fantasy world in which fossil fuels are ‘very clean’ but realpolitik tempers Biden’s climate crisis stance In Donald Trump’s world – laid bare during Thursday night’s final presidential debate with his Democratic rival Joe Biden in Nashville – fossil fuels are “very clean”, the US has the best air and water […]

Trump stuck fighting the 2016 war as Biden comes out on top

In the final TV debate, the president reached for the playbook from four years ago – but was notably outmanoeuvred “He’s a very confused guy,” Democratic candidate Joe Biden said of Donald Trump during Thursday night’s debate. “He thinks he’s running against somebody else. He’s running against Joe Biden. I beat all those other people […]

Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins review – memorial to a liberal legend

The Texan journalist was a hero of the American media, with her withering attacks on political hypocrisy and scabrous wit The late journalist and media commentator Molly Ivins, an outspoken liberal from Texas, has an illustrious reputation among connoisseurs of political writing of the late 20th century, but is not so well known outside the […]

What I learned at man camp, where men get in touch with their emotions

In early March, I headed to the California desert to explore my emotions and learn ‘healthy masculinity’ with a group of men On a Friday evening in early March, two weeks before much of the US went into a coronavirus lockdown, I found myself standing in the California desert, screaming into another man’s face. The […]

Stephen Colbert on debate mute rule: ‘How about a fast-forward button?’

Late-night hosts react to a new feature in Thursday’s presidential debate and Trump’s claim the US is ‘pandemic-ed out’ “As the election day barrels down on us like an out-of-control manure spreader, one of the last chances to influence the race is this Thursday’s presidential debate,” said Stephen Colbert on Tuesday’s Late Show. After a […]

Google is facing the biggest antitrust case in a generation. What could happen?

Filing is first step in a battle that could take years, and experts say it will probably move forward even if Biden wins the election After being hit Tuesday with the most significant monopoly-related charges to be filed in the US in decades, Google has a long road ahead in its quest to prove it […]

Ay caramba! I watched 50 hours of new Simpsons so you don’t have to

After years of decline, it’s only by watching newer episodes that you can appreciate the paradox of multiple Barts, the tragedy of Marge, and how the show echoes life in lockdown This week, as the US plunges itself into further chaos and rancour, I will have my own reckoning. I will confront an ominous shadow […]

Electoral college explained: how Biden faces an uphill battle in the US election

Trump won the presidency in 2016 despite Clinton receiving almost 3m more votes, all because of the electoral college. How does the system work? When Americans cast their ballots for the US president, they are actually voting for a representative of that candidate’s party known as an elector. There are 538 electors who then vote […]

‘It is serious and intense’: white supremacist domestic terror threat looms large in US

From the frequency of attacks to the scope of ambition, racist terror groups – encouraged by the president, are showing unparalleled activity in the modern era On 6 October Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of homeland security, released his department’s annual assessment of violent threats to the nation. Analysts didn’t have to dig deep into […]

‘Guns are a way to exercise power’: how the idea of overthrowing the government became mainstream

Josh Horwitz says the concept of a violent insurrection is at the heart of American gun culture; and that guns will be used to settle political disputes Josh Horwitz has been an American gun control activist for nearly 30 years. In 2009, he co-wrote a book warning that the idea of armed revolt against the […]

Civil rights and QAnon candidates: the fight for facts in Georgia – video

Joe Biden won the nomination for president on the shoulders of older Black voters in the US south. But how do younger, progressive people of color feel about his candidacy in the southern state of Georgia, in play for the first time in decades? And will a dangerous campaign of QAnon disinformation have any bearing […]

American Crisis review: Andrew Cuomo on Covid, Trump … and a job with Joe Biden?

So much as anyone can, the New York governor has had a good pandemic. His book trumpets successes – and settles scores On Thursday, the US reported 65,000 new cases of Covid-19 and Donald Trump falsely told a television town hall 85% of people who wear masks contract the disease. With more than two weeks […]

Biden article row shows how US election is testing Facebook and Twitter

Online giants felt forced to take unprecedented action as they struggle with role during divisive presidential battle Mere hours after the publication of a controversial New York Post article critical of Joe Biden, both Twitter and Facebook took unprecedented action to restrict distribution of the post. Facebook, a company spokesman revealed, had immediately begun to […]

US election: what a Biden or Trump victory could mean for Britain

It could be the most significant election for US foreign policy since 1940, with huge implications for the UK The British government has a long history of misreading America – from Lord Palmerston expecting the Confederacy to survive the civil war, to Ernie Bevin being shocked that the US would not pay the UK’s postwar […]

Trump and Biden offer starkly different visions of US role in world

The world is anxiously watching the election, with the candidates far apart on issues such as the climate crisis and nuclear weapons Foreign policy barely gets a mention in this US election, but for the rest of the world the outcome on 3 November will arguably be the most consequential in history. All US elections […]

It’s not easy being the first but for Kamala Harris it has become a habit

The California senator could be the first woman of color elected as vice-president but has had to weather attacks on her race and gender It took less than one day after Kamala Harris was announced as the Democratic vice-presidential nominee for a racist and baseless “birther” conspiracy theory to start circulating among her critics. The […]

‘They refused to act’: inside a chilling documentary on Trump’s bungled Covid-19 response

Totally Under Control recounts the early days of the pandemic in the US, revealing in clinical detail a disastrous federal response to a preventable crisis In May, as their city began to emerge from the paralyzing grip of coronavirus that killed over 33,000 residents, New York City-based film-makers Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger […]

Battle for the suburbs: can Joe Biden flip Texas? – video

Texas is a rapidly changing state with the fastest growing population in the US. Hispanic Texans are expected to become the majority by 2022, but will this help Joe Biden flip a Republican stronghold? Oliver Laughland and Tom Silverstone travel to suburban Dallas and the border city of McAllen to look at the political impact […]

What is QAnon and why is it so dangerous? – video explainer

Donald Trump has referred to QAnon followers as ‘people who love our country‘ – while to the FBI they are considered a potential domestic terror threat. The Guardian US technology reporter Julia Carrie Wong explains the roots – and rise – of QAnon, the unfounded conspiracy theory that emerged in the US in 2017, and is now […]

How Rihanna made plus-size men the next big thing

Body diversity in the fashion industry is given a huge boost as the singer uses larger male model in Savage X Fenty show From the rise of plus-size supermodel Ashley Graham to Lizzo on the cover of British Vogue, the fashion industry has embraced female body diversity in recent years. Larger male models, however, have […]