A polar bear keeps close to her young along the Beaufort Sea coast in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. US president Barack Obama’s proposal would be the largest designation of wilderness since the Wilderness Act in the 1960. Photograph: Susanne Miller/Reuters

Republicans react angrily to proposal to keep Arctic wildlife lands off limits to exploration

 Tourists walk over the Brooklyn Bridge ahead of the storm.  Photograph: Andrew Kelly/EPA

More than 5,000 flights cancelled as meteorologists forecast over two feet of snow

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

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