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Best portraits of 2013 – in pictures

From artists to activists and politicians to personalities, a selection of the best portraits taken by Guardian photographers this year

Why the Tea Party Isn't Going Anywhere

The movement's structure means it can withstand low popularity and continue to exert a huge pull on the GOP.<p>The demise of the Tea Party was loudly announced right after Congress voted on October 16 to lift the debt ceiling and reopen the federal government. “Finally! The Republican Fever Is …

Fox News’ 5 worst moments of 2013

It was another banner year for Rupert Murdoch’s propaganda shop. Here are the most cringeworthy moments<p>Along with death and taxes, Fox News is one of the few things we can depend on in this world. Just as the sun rises and sets, it's a given that, over the course of 12 months, many ridiculous, …

The 31 Most Important Political GIFs Of 2013

The GIF that keeps on giving.

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Poll: Big gain for GOP

Democrats are on the losing end of a 13-point swing in the polls since October, resulting in an early lead for the GOP heading into 2014, according to a new poll on the midterm elections released Thursday.<p>The CNN/ORC International survey shows Republicans holding a 49 percent to 44 percent lead …