US president Barack Obama receives his ballot paper as he takes part in early voting in the Senate midterm elections at a polling station in Chicago. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

On Monday, Barack Obama went home to Chicago to vote. “I love voting,” he said as he cast his ballot early for the upcoming November 4th midterm el(...)

Tom Steyer: The San Francisco-based liberal has pledged $55 million (€43 million) to NextGen Climate, his super political action committee, or PAC, to fund pro-environmental candidates.  Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

One of the biggest crusades to encourage voter turnout in this year’s US midterm elections has been led by the billionaire hedge fund founder Tom Stey(...)

John Kerry has appointed Gary Hart as a special envoy to Northern Ireland. Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

The United States has appointed former senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart as an envoy to Northern Ireland to play “a direct, on-the-ground d(...)

Walter Isaacson: An essay by his daughter inspired him to write about women who were responsible for many tech innovations. photograph: vanessa vick/the new york times

While spending the summer of 2007 in Aspen, Colorado, Walter Isaacson and his wife, Cathy, spent much of their waking moments hounding their daughter (...)

Conservative protesters pray in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, yesterday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The US supreme court has declined to be drawn into the nationwide debate on same-sex marriage, immediately increasing the number of states tha(...)

Off to her pot farm: Alaskan TV newsreader Charlo Greene quit her job on air

A TV newsreader in Alaska recently quit her job live on air after revealing that she owns a cannabis club and has decided to dedicate herself to pr(...)

Protestors fill Broadway in the Flood Wall Street rally. Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

in New York Just a day after the huge People’s Climate March in Manhattan, which drew at least 300,000 participants, more radical activists “flooded”(...)

Job applicants talk to recruiters at the Greenhouse and SproutHouse company booths at the CannaSearch cannabis industry job fair in downtown Denver September 16, 2014. The job fair featured over 20 companies seeking to fill over 500 positions in the cannabis industry. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Queues, desks, pens, application forms: Canna- Search, which took place in the US city of Denver this week, is just like any other job fair, save for (...)

Too close for comfort: Kay Hagan’s opponents have used her kiss from Barack Obama last week against her. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty
Obama: kiss of death?

High on a shelf above a counter in the Raleigh Times Bar is an empty pint glass, sitting encased in front of a US presidential seal. This is the glass(...)

 Rory McIlroy in action  during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston on Monday.

If it all seems a bit bizarre that Rory McIlroy – winner of two Majors, the British Open and the US PGA, as well as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (...)