Hosts Chris Pine and Academy president Cheryl Boone announce ‘American Sniper’ as one of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Clint Eastwood’s movie about deadliest US sniper in Iraq has stirred an angry debate

Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan has said he did not think Republicans, who control the US Congress following their victories in November’s midterm elections, would be able to stop US president Barack  Obama’s orders shielding four million illegal immigrants from deportation. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister awaits information on when emigrants can return under Obama’s orders

Emboldened: President Barack Obama after his State of the Union address. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Benjamin Netanyahu asked to address Congress after president warns on Iran sanctions

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address, in the House Chamber of the Capitol Building in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

President ignored political reality of Republican-led Congress to energise Democrats

US President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union speech before members of Congress on January 20th, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

State of the Union address sees president map out bold post-war, post-recession vision

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief David Drumm Drumm sold his house for $3.88m in 2011 pursuant to an agreement between his bankruptcy trustee and wife Lorraine. Photograph: Josh Reynolds/The Irish Times

Lender withdraws claims after proceeds from Cape Cod house sale used to repay debts

President Barack Obama Last year he singled out Ireland for criticism, saying some US firms had “magically” become Irish through takeovers

Closing loophole was ‘more than overdue,’ says outspoken critic of US tax avoidance Sandy Levin

Proposed taxes would help fund another progressive initiative that US president Barack  Obama announced earlier this month: two years of free community college education for an estimated nine million students. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP Photo/Getty Images

President will call for tax hikes for the rich to ease burden on lower and middle classes

 In the first State of the Union address after the September 2001 attacks on the US, President George W  Bush branded Iraq, Iran and North Korea as “an axis of evil”, adding that “by seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger”. These words later haunted Republicans after Bush was found to have invaded Iraq on a false premise. File photograph:  Win McNamee/Reuters

Centrepiece speech of US political year a tradition started by George Washington in 1790

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