A view of the Utah desert from the Amtrak train that crosses the Rocky Mountains on its way from Denver to Salt Lake City. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

US president dominates conversation on the Amtrak journey despite the dramatic scenery

Members of the Ponca tribe outside the hearing in Lincoln into the construction of the Keystone oil pipeline through Nebraska. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

Farming and trade major concern in state where one in four is employed in agriculture

Two Mexican men at the Plano Day Labour Centre in Dallas, where workers seek employment. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

‘Immigrants make a huge contribution. The economy would collapse without them’

The enormous First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in Little Rock, Arkansas, is one of the biggest evangelical churches in the US

Former governor Bill Clinton is still popular in Arkansas but Hillary never gets a mention

Heather Heyer (32) regularly drew attention to cases of police malpractice and racism, as well as posting her support for Bernie Sanders in his presidential campaign

Images emerge of man suspected of driving vehicle into protesters in far-right uniform

The controversial statue in Memphis, Tennessee, of Nathan Bedford Forrest,  a civil war general who was also an early member of the Ku Klux Klan. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

The city faces continued conflict over a statue of a civil war general and Ku Klux Klan member

US president Donald Trump with  vice-president Mike Pence  after a briefing with his national security team at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Thursday. Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

US president warns country it should be ‘very, very nervous’ if it harms the US

African American student James Meredith walks across the University of Mississippi campus after class amid the stares and jeers of fellow students back in 1962. Photograph: Getty Images

Merger of two schools to promote greater racial mix marks progress from divided past

President Donald Trump inherited an economy that was already performing well during the final years of the Obama administration. As a recent Washington Post article put it: “So far, Trump’s economy looks an awful lot like that of his predecessor, Barack Obama.” File photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

With Trump-Russia inquiry continuing, US economy could be thrown by any constitutional crisis

Trump supporters and Birmingham residents Kathy Courtland and Susan Stofel are united in their dislike of Hillary Clinton.

Republican Party supporters in Alabama pleased with job US president is doing

Members of a lobby group for undocumented Irish. Photograph: Douglas Graham/Roll Call/Getty Images

John Deasy says the figure for the undocumented is likely to be closer to 10,000

Cody the waiter in Mean Mug cafe,  Chattanooga: his customers are  mostly young millennials working on their laptops.

Made famous in a song, Chattanooga is described by locals as 'not typical Tennessee'

Kim, originally from Kentucky: “For me and my family, the main election issue was coalmining.”

Addiction to legally prescribed pain-relief medication is rife in eastern Tennessee

The tower of the former Lucky Strike tobacco factory looms over Durham,  North Carolina, a reminder of the industry that thrived there for almost 200 years. Photograph: George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images

Suzanne Lynch takes the heartbeat of Trump’s US. Part one: North Carolina

White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci  in Washington DC last week. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Former communications director’s arrival led to departures of Spicer and Priebus

US president Donald Trump waves after speaking to boy scouts during the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, West Virginia. Photograph: Saul Loeb

Donald Trump was busy with self-pardoning, health and army ban on transgender people

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams meets then US president Bill Clinton in the in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on St Patrick’s Day, 2000. Photograph: William Vasta/AFP/Getty Images

America Letter: Memorial for Martin McGuinness underlines distance travelled

US president Donald Trump talks to reporters about the departure of his chief of staff Reince Priebus, at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, US. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president says homeland security secretary John Kelly has been appointed to role

 White House chief of staff Reince Priebus: White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci implied in a tweet that Preibus is responsible for some of the White House leaks.

John McCain splits with most Republican senators and seals the fate of so-called ‘skinny repeal’ bill

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci: ‘I sometimes use colorful language’. Photograph: Reuters

Trump’s communications director attacks chief of staff Priebus and senior adviser Bannon in rant

US president Donald Trump speaks at a ceremony honouring the two police officers who were injured during an attack on Republican congressmen in a baseball park in Alexandria, Virginia. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Pentagon says it will continue to employ transgender staff until new rules are issued

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan: a member of the ‘Big Six’ that released statement on proposed border adjustment tax. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters

Plan would have posed long-term threat to foreign direct investment in Ireland

An  11-year-old transgender child of an active duty serviceman  looks on during a press conference condemning US president Donald Trump’s ban on transgender service members. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty

US president’s decision criticised by John McCain among others

US president Donald Trump, who has announced that transgender individuals are to be banned from serving in the US military in any capacity. Photograph: Tony Dejak/AP

Decision to reverse key Obama-era policy takes Washington by surprise

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams attends a memorial mass for Martin McGuinness at St Peter’s Catholic Church.Photograph: Marty Katz/washingtonphotographer.com

Sinn Féin president attends memorial mass for Martin McGuinness in Washington

Jeff Sessions: Donald Trump has unleashed a barrage of criticism at him in interviews and on Twitter over the past week. Photograph: Getty Images

President renews attack on Sessions for recusing himself from Russia inquiry

Senator John McCain urged US senators to work together to find a solution to the healthcare problem. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Republicans decide to proceed with debate on Bill to repeal Affordable Care Act

Martin McGuinness: “He helped bring an end to the longest-running political dispute in the history of the western world. After decades and against great odds, we saw the gun permanently taken out of Irish politics,” said Congressman Richard Neal. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Late Sinn Féin man ‘changed the course of history in Ireland’, says Richard Neal

US president Donald Trump talks to children of alleged “victims of Obamacare” at the White House. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images

President applies greater pressure on senate Republicans to repeal Affordable Care Act

Jared Kushner speaks outside the West Wing of the White House . Photograph: Joshua Roberts /Reuters

‘I did not collude with Russians, nor do I know of anyone in the campaign who did’

Ohio businessman Ed Crawford, who has emerged as the front-runner to become the next US ambassador to Ireland, at the opening of an Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland. Image: YouTube.

Chairman of Nasdaq-listed company has worked with Irish community in Cleveland

 A tweet by US president Donald Trump raised concerns that he could use his constitutional power to grant pardons to himself or family members. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Lawyer claims move not under discussion following president’s Twitter outburst

For millions of Americans, the future of healthcare looks as uncertain as ever. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s plan to replace Obamacare is in tatters after Republicans refused to back it in the US Senate

Anne Anderson, the outgoing Irish Ambassador to the United States: “I had to put my foot down, very early on.” Photograph: Andre Chung for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Ambassador Anne Anderson on her trailblazing career in male-dominated diplomacy

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who resigned unexpectedly after US president Donald Trump appointed former hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.  Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images

Former press secretary was critical of president’s choice for communications director

OJ Simpson at his parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center, in Lovelock, Nevada. Photograph: Jason Bean/Reno Gazette-Journa/EPA

Simpson’s comment ‘I’m not a guy who lived a criminal life’ was seized upon after hearing

 Sean Spicer  resigned from his post as press secretary arguing that  Anthony Scaramucci  did not have the requisite communications experience. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Latest personnel moves in the communications department may be a reflection of a White House under siege

President Donald Trump attempts to crush a  glass protective vial:  as he settles into office, he has relatively few legislative wins to show. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP

President shows lack of leadership on issues and appears detached from Republicans

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (above), along with Donald Trump Jr, is due to  appear  before the Senate judiciary committee next Wednesday. Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP

US Wrap: Dollar slumps as Russian investigation widens and healthcare plan stalls

OJ Simpson attends his parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, USA. Photograph: Jason Bean/EPA

Former NFL star and actor acquitted of murder but later jailed for robbery, assault

 Trump made the  statement about Sessions in an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday. File photograph: John Locher/AP

President says Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from Russia related matters was ‘very unfair ’

Donald Trump jnr is to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of Russian probe. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

Jared Kushner due to be questioned in private over controversial Trump Tower meeting

Senator John McCain (80) is considering treatment options including chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Photograph: EPA

Veteran senator says he will be ‘back soon’ as Trump and former presidents wish him well

US president Donald Trump speaks  at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US president also attends electoral integrity commission as he repeats claim of voter fraud

 Russian  president Vladimir Putin with US president Donald Trump  at  the   G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7th. Photograph:  Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Hour-long conversation using Moscow-employed translator took place during leaders’ dinner in Hamburg

Senate majority leader Senator Mitch McConnell:  With four Republicans now lined up against  McConnell’s health overhaul, the plan has flatlined in the 100-member chamber.  Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Latest delay raises questions about whether Trump can follow through on campaign promises

US president Donald Trump  with vice-president Mike Pence during a “Made in America” showcase at the White House. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP

Collapse raises doubts about prospects of Congress reforming healthcare this session

Opponents criticised moves to include a version  that would allow insurers to sell plans that don’t comply with the Obamacare requirements. Photograph: Saul Loeb/Getty Images

Failure to pass Bill is latest in a series of healthcare setbacks for Republicans

US president Donald Trump. The Trump administration has increased the number of H-2B visas available to foreign temporary workers for this year. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Sean Spicer denies the surprise move undermines president’s America First policy

New York mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray after the funeral of police officer Miosotis Familia. Photograph: Chang W Lee/The New York Times

Bill de Blasio risked the ire of New Yorkers by leaving for G20 in a tense time at home

Air Force One: President Trump and the first lady arrive in New Jersey on Friday to spend the weekend in Bedminster. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Extra details of Trump jnr’s Russia meeting; travel ban and Obamacare repeal in doubt

  Democrat Chuck Schumer   responds to  Republican Mitch McConnell’s decision to delay the start of the August recess until the third week of August. Photograph: EPA/Michael Reynolds

Proposal has alienated both fiscal conservatives and more left-wing members of the party

Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve, during a House financial services committee hearing in Washington, on Wednesday. Photograph: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

Federal Reserve chairman says it is unclear when inflation might begin to pick up

Christopher Wray, US president Donald Trump’s nominee for FBI director, testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate judiciary committee,  in Washington,  DC. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Christopher Wray appears at Senate confirmation hearing to succeed James Comey

Donald Trump jnr with US president Donald Trump. File photograph: Getty

US president defends ‘innocent’ Donald Trump jnr over meeting with Russian lawyer

Donald Trump jnr with his father. Just as Trump’s proposal for co-operation with Russia on cybersecurity and the move to allow Ivanka to sit at the G20 table was met with bafflement, Trump jnr’s decision to meet with a Russian lawyer and then not disclose it could be seen as political naivety at best. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

Son’s meeting with Russian lawyer has serious implications for US president

Donald Trump jnr and his father   after the first presidential debate last summer. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty

Donald Trump jnr enthusiastically welcomed offer of Russian assistance

Donald Trump jnr speaking at the Republican National Convention  in Cleveland, Ohio in July 2016. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

US president’s eldest son at centre of latest twist in story of Russia election interference

Trump campaign: Donald Trump snr with his eldest son, Donald Trump jnr, in the run-up to the 2016 US election. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Pool/Getty

Email said ‘incriminating’ information was part of Moscow support for Trump snr

Donald Trump jnr: said he agreed to meet the Russian lawyer at Trump Tower as he was told she may have had “information helpful to the campaign”. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images

President had no knowledge of meeting until recent days, spokeswoman says

 Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and US president Donald Trump during their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany last week. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentiev/AFP/Getty Images

Eldest son’s confirmation he met with Russian attorney seen as serious development

G20 summit: President Trump arrives back at the White House on Saturday. Photograph:  Al Drago/New York Times

Move comes after president’s son said to have met Russian lawyer for damaging Hillary Clinton information

US president Donald Trump in Hamburg, on Friday.  Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US leader’s alarming behaviour has yet to provoke a meaningful Republican backlash

US president Donald Trump tweeted a video clip of him attacking an opponent in a wrestling match with a CNN logo imposed on the head of his opponent. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The US president’s unpredictable behaviour comes amid frayed political nerves

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and US president Donald Trump: Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Mr Trump accepted Mr Putin’s claim of non-interference in polls. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Washington and Moscow agree at G20 sideline meeting to ceasefire in western Syria

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell speaks to the media about delaying a vote on Republican healthcare plans. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters

White House rejects report that 22 million people would be left uninsured under plan

A flag flies outside the US supreme court after it was announced that the court will allow a limited version of Donald Trump’s travel ban to take effect. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Getty

Restrictions continue for residents of six ‘terror-prone’ Muslim-majority countries

The US Supreme Court has ruled that the Trump administration may enforce its 90-day ban on travellers from six mostly Muslim countries. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images.

Supreme Court ruling offers protection to those ‘with a credible claim’ of relationship with person in US

On Monday, the US department of agriculture granted Irish producers the right to carry a USDA-approved brand marketing Irish beef.

Newly-reappointed Minister for Agriculture leads trade visit to US and Mexico

Back in campaign mode: President Trump leaves Wednesday’s rally in Cedar Rapids. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The president was back in campaign mode as his press secretary packed his bags

US president Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump host the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday. Photograph:  Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

US president questions independence of man tasked with leading Russia investigation

US president Donald Trump and James Comey, the man he fired as FBI director. Photographs: Michael Reynolds/Shawn Thew/EPA

US president had said the sacked FBI director ‘better hope’ tapes of exchanges did not exist

Republican Karen Handel makes  a heart sign for her supporters ahead of her election victory in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Republicans pledge to push through vote on revised healthcare plan as early as next week

Struggling under the weight of a deepening Russian scandal and special counsel investigation, Donald Trump needed a win. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The vote had been closely watched as a barometer of public feeling towards the president

Georgia’s 6th Congressional district Republican candidate Karen Handel gives a heart sign to supporters gathered at Hyatt Regency at Villa Christina on June 20, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Karen Handel beat Democratic hopeful Jon Ossoff in the race for the congressional seat in Georgia’s sixth district

A US warplane shot down an Iran-made drone operated by pro-regime forces in southern Syria.   Photograph: Matthew Bursch/AFP/Getty

Russia reacts with fury to recent US shooting down of a Syrian fighter plane

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff is taking on Republican Karen Handel in Atlanta, Georgia’s sixth  congressional district election. Photograph: Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters

US Wrap: Democrat Jon Ossoff could take Republican seat; Trump meets tech leaders

Otto Frederick Warmbier has died after his return to the US, following his detention in North Korea. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

Warmbier suffered brain damage during 18 months he served of 15-year sentence

Ireland is hoping for a breakthrough on access to the US beef market this week, as Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed arrived in Washington on Sunday for a week-long trade mission

Minister is seeking the award of a USDA-backed marketing brand promoting Irish beef’s credentials

The Trump International Hotel in Washington. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/New York Times

Opposition to the Trumps' business entanglements is gaining momentum

Ana Lacayo and Barbara Jimino, both of Miami, show their support for US president Donald Trump near the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami, Florida. Photograph: Bernie Woodall/Reuters

‘We do not want US dollars to prop up regime that represses and exploits people of Cuba’

US president Donald Trump has sent angry tweets this week over a report that  Robert Mueller was looking into whether the president obstructed justice.  Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Vice president Pence hires lawyer in connection with FBI’s investigation into Russian links

 Republican congressman Steve Scalise, who was shot and injured on Wednesday,  photographed in  August 2014. File photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Bullet travelled across pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring organs and causing bleeding

US president Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

US president says Russian collusion story is ‘phony’ after report he is under investigation

Donald Trump: the US president met with Florida senator Marco Rubio, his former rival as Republican nominee for president, for dinner at the White House last week. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/EPA

US president’s new policy towards the island could include tightening of travel rules

House majority whip Steve Scalise: Fox News reported that he was in stable condition after being shot  at a baseball practice involving US politicians. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Attacker dies in hospital of injuries sustained in gun fight with Capitol Hill police officers

US attorney general Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the FBI’s investigation into the Trump administration, and its possible collusion with Russia during the campaign. Photograph: EPA

Attorney general unable to recall meeting with Russian ambassador at hotel event

Enda Kenny arrives at Government Buildings, Dublin, for his last day as Taoiseach. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

What does the future hold for the man who will no longer be taoiseach?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: to testify before the senate intelligence committee. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP Photo

Move adds to pressure on Trump administration as its travel-ban appeal is rejected

US vice-president Mike Pence. The former governor of Indiana has suggested that gay people should receive medical treatment to change their sexual behaviour. Photograph: Bill Ingalls/Nasa via Getty Images

Administration’s right-wing Irish-American identity poses challenge for future taoiseach

Former FBI director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US president denies former FBI director’s central claim that he demanded ‘loyalty’

Former FBI director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Reuters

Analysis: Republican-controlled Congress reserves the power to impeach president

President Donald Trump addresses supporters at a Faith and Freedom Coalition event in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/ EPA

President rails against Comey testimony, telling faithful ‘we will never give up’

Former FBI director James Comey before a US senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Former FBI chief says reason for sacking to alter way Russian investigation conducted

Former FBI director James Comey  is making his first public comments since being fired by President Donald Trump in May.  Photograph: AP

Implications of sacked FBI director’s testimony could be explosive

President Donald Trump and FBI director James Comey. Mr Comey will testify  before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, where he is expected to be quizzed intensely about his interactions with Mr Trump. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Ex-FBI chief to face Intelligence Committee, marking escalation in Russia controversy

Asked in Chicago if he had any advice for his successor Enda Kenny cited a text the late Seamus Heaney sent to his wife shortly before he died. “Noli timere – do not be afraid.” File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach hails ‘hero of our nation’ and Fine Gael founder as he offers advice to Varadkar

Leo Varadkar is expected to be elected taoiseach when the House resumes on Tuesday, June 13th. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Government TDs also want commitment to phase out USC ahead of vote for Taoiseach

Rachid Redouane married a British woman at Dublin registry office in November, 2012, and lived in a flat in Grosvenor Square, Rathmines, south Dublin, around that time. Photograph: London Met Police/EPA

Special Detective Unit holds man in Wexford after man in Limerick released without charge

 (L-R) Youssef Zaghba, Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane - believed to be the three London attackers. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Inquiry seeking to establish if Rachid Redouane wed for immigration reasons

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