Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks at a town hall meeting in Londonderry, New Hampshire in advance of the second nominating contest. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Establishment contenders seek to halt Marco Rubio surge after poor debate display

 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaking in Laconia, New Hampshire. When campaigning in the state on Tuesday, a struggling Bush urged his audience to “please clap”.  Photograph: Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images

Running for the White House forces Republicans and Democrats to drop their guards

Iowa winner: Hillary Clinton celebrates with husband Bill and daughter Chelsea. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz won in Iowa. Clinton will be lucky to beat Bernie Sanders this time. Cruz has another hill to climb a(...)

“It’s time to end the very artful smear that you  have been carrying out.” Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Rivals lock horns in final debate as race heats up ahead of New Hampshire primary

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm. Photograph:  Josh Reynolds/The Irish Times

Reasons for case conference not outlined in court documents

Senator Bernie Sanders and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton at the Democratic presidential candidate debate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham  on Thursday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg.

Democrats clash in final debate before second nominating contest in New Hampshire

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally in Claremont on Tuesday. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Hillary Clinton’s Democratic rival won youth vote in Iowa by a stunning six-to-one margin

Presidential candidate Donald Trump  claimed Ted Cruz “stole” the Republican caucuses and accused him of “fraud”. Photograph: Charles Krupa/AP Photo

Cruz says property mogul is throwing a ‘Trumpertantrum’ after losing in Iowa

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, listens to a question during a Democratic debate on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

‘That’s what they offered,’ says presidential hopeful on $675,000 fees from Wall St bank

Democratic frontunner Hillary Clinton’s voting precinct leaders check final counts before her victory  by five delegates to Bernie Sanders’s four, in Simpson Barn, Johnston, a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Caucus on outskirts of Des Moines reflects wider pitchfork battle between challengers

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio waves to supporters. Photograph:  Dave Kaup/Reuters

Trump and Clinton fail to convince, and Florida senator Rubio is one to watch

Billionaire Donald Trump lost to Texas senator Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses, while Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were locked in a virtual tie after a hard-fought battle. Photograph: Composite/Bloomberg/AFP

The take-home points from the first real test of the 2016 presidential race

Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and 2016 presidential candidate, greets supporters after being declared the winner of the Iowa caucus during his campaign’s caucus night celebration at the Elwell Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, US, on Monday, February 1st, 2016.  Photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Conservative Republican bests billionaire tycoon as Democratic race ends in near-tie

 Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley greets potential supporters on Sunday  in Johnston, Iowa. Photograph:  Steve Pope/Getty Images

Trailing a distant third, Democrat could play a pivotal role in first-in-the-nation US ballot

Hillary Clinton: condemned the merger of Johnson Controls and Cork-based Tyco International during a campaign rally in Davenport, Iowa. Photograph: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Democratic front-runner condemns Johnson Controls $16 billion merger with Tyco

Hillary Clinton holds a 45 per cent to 42 per cent edge over Bernie Sanders but the race is effectively a statistical tie, making his once long-shot bid too close to call in Iowa. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

Clinton and Trump have tight leads over Sanders and Cruz in their respective races

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Dubuque Airport in Iowa, on Saturday: the presidential candidate staged a fly-by in his red and black Boeing 757, dubbed “Trump Force One”, before landing. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

From baby-cooing to ‘Top Gun’-style fly-bys, candidates do their best to impress voters

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hold narrow leads in the polls but voting in Iowa can be hard to predict. Photographs: Getty and Reuters

Poll before first votes to pick presidential nominees shows tight races

The idea that  Trump could carry Republican hopes and lead the party of Abraham Lincoln into November’s election  is now a very real prospect. If he wins in the Iowa caucuses next Monday, it could be difficult to stop him. REUTERS/Scott Morgan

They have tapped the same frustration felt by voters who feel let down by establishment politicians and angry that the system is s(...)

 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: local unions  see Clinton as the more electable compared with socialist senator Bernie Sanders, despite her new-found opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Photograph:  John Taggart/EPA

Hillary Clinton’s wooing of unions recalls power of late labour leader Mike Quill

Cover story: Donald Trump, the Republican presidential hopeful, at a campaign event at the University of Iowa. Photograph: Eric Thayer/New York Times

The first votes will be cast on Monday, at the Iowa caucuses – and there could be more twists in a highly unpredictable race

 US actor Susan Sarandon listens as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders appears on stage during a campaign appearance in Mason City, Iowa. Photograph: Eugene Garcia/EPA

Vermont senator and Hillary Clinton running neck and neck in days before Iowa caucus

Republican presidential candidate Florida Senator Marco Rubio speaks as former Florida governor Jeb Bush looks on during the Republican presidential debate. The absence of Donald Trump meant the debate was more substantive, more about policy. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Businessman’s boycott of Fox News debate gave his rivals chance to shine as alternative

Republican Presidential candidates Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz,  Marco Rubio,  Jeb Bush, and  John Kasich at the Republican Presidential debate sponsored by Fox News at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Billionaire defends boycott while other candidates poke fun at his stinging attacks

Presidential candidate Donald Trump claims Megyn Kelly unfairly questioned him in the first Republican debate. Photograph: Reuters

Businessman boycotted high-profile debate after dispute with moderator Megyn Kelly

Donald Trump: the US Republican presidential candidate has rekidled his dispute with Fox News.Photograph: Scott Morgan/Reuters

Property mogul boycotts seventh Republican debate over jocose press release from Fox News

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders answers questions outside the White House with his wife, Jane, after meeting with US President Barack Obama. Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

Democratic contender has ‘productive and constructive meeting’ at Oval Office

US Republican presidential candidate frontrunner Donald Trump will boycott an upcoming debate over a dispute with Fox News. Photograph: Scott Morgan/Reuters

Republican frontrunner skips final debate before Iowa voting over ‘wise-guy’ statement

Hillary Clinton attempted to deflect criticism of being a newcomer to the economic inequality debate. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

Front-runners poll well nationally but forthcoming Iowa races are much closer

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz campaigns at High Point Bulls Oswald Barn in Osceola, Iowa on Tuesday. Photograph: Jim lo Scalzo/EPA

The Texas senator looks to his base with just days to go before first Republican vote

Hillary Clinton,  2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during a Democratic Town Hall event in Des Moines in Iowa  on Monday. Photograph: Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg

Democrat calls practice of US firms moving overseas to avoid tax ‘outrageous’

 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event at the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines on  in Des Moines, Iowa. “We need a president who understands and can do all parts of the job,” she said. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Trump and Cruz, Clinton and Sanders battle for top spot in midwestern state

In the spotlight: Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber (as Marty Baron), Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and Brian d’Arcy James in Tom McCarthy’s film. Photograph: Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films

Marty Baron drove the Boston Globe’s relentless reporting of the Catholic Church’s cover-up in the US. The paper’s hard slog is no(...)

Michigan National Guard member Zach Burrell helps distribute water to residents in their cars in Flint, Michigan.  Photograph: Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Residents of the mostly black city were dismissed by state officials when they complained

Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

More than 85 million people in 20 states receive weather warning

Hillary Clinton: with less than two weeks before the first ballots of the election are cast in Iowa, Clinton, who promised she would “work for every vote” is having to do just that. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Ex-secretary of state questions socialist’s ideas as poll puts him ahead in Iowa

Plowed snow sits in front of the Capitol building in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: Drew Angerer/The New York Times

Blizzard warning issued as storm forecast to bring up to 30 inches of snow over 36 hours

Sarah Palin: Her son Track Palin (26) was arrested on Monday night near Anchorage in the family’s home state of Alaska and charged with domestic violence and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. Photograph: Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters

Former Republican governor accuses US president of failing to care for war veterans

Bob Dole (92) said nobody likes Ted Cruz. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Former presidential nominee brands Texas senator an ‘extremist’ who is too right wing

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio during a campaign stop at the Plymouth Senior Center in Plymouth, New Hampshire, in advance of the primary on February 9th. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA

Republican presidential hopeful aims to become the establishment’s candidate

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin endorses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally at the Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP

She is back in the spotlight – but it’s tough to gauge influence of former Tea Party darling

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump looks on as former Alaska governor Sarah Palin endorses him in Iowa on Tuesday. Photograph: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times

‘No more pussy-footing around,’ former Alaska governor tells his supporters in Iowa

Donald Trump and Sarah Palin in New York in May 2011: “I’m proud to endorse Donald J Trump for president,” she announced. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Former Alaska governor’s support will give tycoon a boost in first contest in Iowa

A protester holds a sign up as immigrants and community leaders rally in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington in November to mark the first anniversary of President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Court will review Republican-blocked plan to protect illegal immigrants from deportation

Hillary Clinton and Democratic rival Bernie Sanders debating in Charleston, South Carolina. Photograph: Timothy Clary/AFP/ Getty Images

Sanders scored points in final debate before voting begins but landed no knockout punch

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders participate in the NBC News -YouTube Democratic Candidates Debate. Photograph: AFP

Main contenders neck and neck in Iowa two weeks before first nominating election

The investigative tale ‘Making A Murderer’ tells the true story of Steven Avery, a 53-year-old Wisconsin man convicted of a 2005 murder. Photograph: Netflix

America Letter: the Netflix show has even led to a petition submitted to President Obama

US senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is surrounded by students following a town hall meeting at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA

Bernie Sanders has fired up the grassroots and is rattling the Democratic frontrunner

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are battling out for the top spot in the closely-watched Iowa ballot in the middle of America, even though the property magnate has a strong lead nationally. Photograph: Chris Keane/Reuters

Analysis: Insults and policy jabs flew in a debate that came at a crucial point

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and  Ted Cruz participate in the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate. Photograph: Getty

Texas senator on the defensive with just 17 days to go before first vote in Iowa

‘I am thankful we don’t have to dredge up these old affairs’, says former banker

Former US president Bill Clinton campaigns for his wife, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, in Claremont, New Hampshire. Photograph: Jennifer Hauck/Valley News

Ex-US president sells his wife’s message in New Hampshire, where Sanders is soaring

US president Barack  Obama conceded that, seven years after his campaign promise to overcome divisions in America, he had failed to meet it. “It’s one of the few regrets of my presidency that the rancour and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better,” he said.  Photograph:  Evan Vucci/Pool/Getty

US president returns to idealism of 2008 with focus on health and economic reform

US President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph: EPA

US president uses landmark speech to defend legacy and address tone of 2016 race

David Drumm  in Boston: on Monday, US District Judge Richard Stearns denied him  bail for the second time, leaving him in the custody  at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility. Photograph: Matthew Healey

Ex-banker can appeal against bail denial but bar to success is high

US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Iowa: “A candidate who was originally thought to be the anointed candidate, to be the inevitable candidate, is now locked in a very difficult race here in Iowa and New Hampshire.” Photograph: Scott Morgan/Reuters

Democrat turns on primary rival as Vermont senator posts gains in Iowa, New Hampshire

US president Barack Obama waves at the start of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on anuary 20th, 2015. Photograph:  Joshua Roberts/Reuters

US president set to make direct appeal to American people to fulfil his policy wish-list

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm will remain in custody in Boston after a US judge rejected his petition seeking to overturn a ruling denying him bail last month.

Former Anglo chief executive to remain in custody in Boston pending extradition case

Kathleen O’Toole, former chief inspector of the Garda Siochána Inspectorate, will be attending tomorrow’s State of the Union address in Washington

Kathleen O’Toole asked to be guest of First Lady at President Obama’s state of the union

Ammon Bundy: “I will say this refuge from its very inception has been a tool of tyranny.”  Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Militia men lay armed siege to wildlife refuge headquarters seeking handover of land

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: “I hope that   . . .  we will see a commitment on the part of the insurance industry that they will accept their responsibility.”  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Opposition critical of European Union legislation, such as water framework directive which prohibits dredging if certain habi(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan TD launching the 2016 Centenary Ptogramme in the United States of America   at the Irish consulate in New York. Photograph:  James Higgins

Minister launches year-long programme of commemorations in New York

Senator Ted Cruz, speaking during a rally stop in Sibley, Iowa, on Wednesday, has 31 per cent support among Republicans in the state, ahead of Donald Trump who has 27.4 per cent. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Texas senator rejects Donald Trump’s ‘birther’ claims as he tours first-nominating state

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hugs supporters after her introduction at a ‘town hall meeting’ at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Democratic frontrunner has no problem criticising Sanders during campaign pit-stop

US President Barack Obama wipes away a tear while announcing steps the administration is taking to reduce gun violence while delivering a statement in the East Room of the White House. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

‘The gun lobby might be holding Congress hostage . . . but they cannot hold America hostage’

Donald Trump gives a national security speech aboard the second World War battleship USS Iowa in September in San Pedro, California. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP

World review of the year: Brash businessman stunned many by leading Republican race

File photo: The former banker was ordered to spend Christmas in jail after his bail application was denied. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive steps up fight against extradition to Ireland

Bill Colbert’s Amboy Group will ship 60,000kg of sausages in the US this Christmas. File photograph: Getty Images

Limerick man will ship 60,000kg of sausages throughout US to satisfy that taste for home

  Las Vegas billionaire  and Sands  chief executive Sheldon Adelson: the Las Vegas Review-Journal   has confirmed a Forbes report that the billionaire casino mogul is its new owner.    Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Reporters investigated their own newspaper to seek identity of mysterious new owner

US president Barack Obama waves after his year end press conference in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

US would ‘continue to hit’ IS, president tells end-of-year press conference

Apple chief executive Tim Cook on a recent Dublin visit  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Technology giant pays ‘every tax dollar’ it owes, says CEO

Traders on Wall Street. Seven years of near-zero interest rates have hurt Americans looking to put money aside for retirement but helped the wealthiest by propping up share prices and other assets. Photograph: Bloomberg

Twenty richest amass fortune larger than worth of least wealthy half of the population

Republican presidential candidates Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Donald Trump following the CNN debate in the Venetian casino in Las Vegas. Photograph: Robyn Beck/ AFP/Getty Images

Businessman’s credibility as a candidate questioned during fifth presidential debate

David Drumm  faces 33 charges relating to financial transactions carried out while chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank

US attorney Eric Forni has been appointed to act for the US government in seeking the former banker’s return to Ireland

Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathawa, smiles during an event with Hillary Clinton, 2016 US Democratic presidential candidate. Photograph: Bloomberg

Billionaire investor mocks Republican candidates, likening them to comedy act

 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points at Jeb Bush after the CNN Republican presidential debate on Tuesday in Las Vegas. Photograph:  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Former Florida governor says businessman cannot insult his way to the US presidency

The Philadelphia chapter of the Friendly Sons will induct Irish Ambassador to the US Anne Anderson as the first honorary female. Photograph: Marty Katz

Philadelphia’s Friendly Sons of St Patrick says name change may come in time

 Protesters with puppet effigies of US Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump  and Marco Rubio during a protest  in Las Vegas, Nevada, US. Photograph: Mike Nelson

Anti-Muslim rhetoric has sent Trump’s campaign to new highs after terror attacks

Barack Obama at the US citizenship ceremony of Westmeath man Michael Hennessy. Photograph: US department of homeland security.

Michael Hennessy says political atmosphere in US means event is ‘bittersweet celebration’

Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, in the US. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

House of Representatives voted to tighten restrictions following Paris attacks

US senator Ted Cruz  and his wife Heidi applaud at an event in Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, earlier this year. Photograph: Lane Hickenbottom/Reuters

Texas senator gaining momentum against Donald Trump in run for the White House

Trump on the stump: Donald Trump at campaign rally in Georgia. Photograph: Kevin D Liles/New York Times

Americans are scared – and nobody has exploited politics of fear to greater effect than Republican

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm is being held in the Plymouth County prison

Ex-Anglo Irish Bank chief in high-security prison pending extradition case in March

Demonstrators march along Michigan Avenue in protest of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago. Photograph: Joshua Lott/The New York Times

Street protests after release of video of police shooting dead black teenager

Congressman Richard Neal (centre) and Congressman Eliot Engel (right) greet Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan on his visit to Capitol Hill in September. Photo: Marty Katz

Rising commemorations in Springfield, Massachusetts to get permanent memorial

 David Drumm  is facing 33 criminal charges in Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former banker must now weigh up whether the bigger fight is back in Ireland

  A visit by Northern Ireland’s departing First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness to the White House could involve a meeting with   vice-president Joe Biden (right), and possibly a brief greeting with  President Barack Obama. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Officials planning US visit by Robinson and McGuinness before DUP leader departs

 Tashfeen Malik (left) and Syed Farook,  the  husband and wife  who  died in a fierce gun battle with authorities several hours after their   assault on a gathering of Farook’s colleagues  in  San Bernardino. Photographs: FBI/ AP/File

FBI reveals San Bernardino attackers turned to jihad before Islamic State was established

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm has been denied bail by a US judge. File photograph: Melissa Ostrow for The Irish Times.

Banker wanted back in Ireland to face 33 criminal charges relating to failed lender

Gayle Killilea lodged notice of her appeal on Tuesday. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Decision had allowed for Sean Dunne’s bankruptcy official to seek recovery of assets transferred

 Visitors walk up a stone path past a cottage at the Irish Hunger Memorial,  in Battery Park, Manhattan, New York. The memorial is to undergo reconstruction next year. File photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

Water leaks mean $5.3m reconstruction bill for Irish Hunger Memorial in New York

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks at items made with a 3-D printer at Cedar Valley TechWorks in Waterloo, Iowa. Photograph: Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters

Companies ‘becoming Irish’ in inversion deals is bad for US tax base, candidate says

A police officer  removes painted material of a large swastika featuring a likeness of Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, along the northbound Buford Highway Connector, in Atlanta, Georgia, US. Photograph: John Spink/AJC/EPA

Republican frontrunner raises prospect of third-party candidacy if he is treated unfairly

Workers examine the broken joists of the  fourth story balcony that collapsed and killed six Irish students at the Library Gardens Apartments in Berkeley, California.  Photograph: The New York Times

US lawyers anticipate litigation by number of Irish student tenants in fourth-floor building

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters after a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Photograph: Ramdall Hill/Reuters

Despite criticism from Republicans, the businessman is standing by his idea

Transcript of former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive’s remarks to court last month

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm has beefed up his legal team in a second appeal against his failed US bankruptcy bid, asking the court to admit a lawyer acting in his extradition case.

Former banker asks extradition case lawyer to fight to overturn failed US bankruptcy bid

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown Memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina on Monday. Photograph: Randall Hill/Reuters

Cross-party condemnation for tycoon’s desire for ‘shutdown’ on Islamic immigrants

Gabriel Byrne reading from Philadelphia Here I come at a memorial  to the late Brian Friel at the Samuel J. Friedman theatre in New York on Monday night. Photograph:   James Higgins

Stars pay tribute as famous theatre district prepares to dim its lights for Irish playwright

US president Barack Obama during his address to the nation from the Oval Office. Photograph: AFP Photo

President’s rare Oval Office address in wake of California attack aims to calm fears

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