“Just because we have a two-party system doesn’t mean we have to be in perpetual conflict,” Mitch McConnell, the presumptive new Senate majority leader, said in his victory speech last night. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg.

In the end, there was no Republican wave. Indeed, it was barely a ripple. The Republicans won the US midterms, there’s no denying that, but the(...)

 US president Barack Obama suffered a heavy political defeat as Republicans won back the Senate from Democrats in the US midterm elections, giving the party full control of Congress for the first time in eight yearsPhotograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Two things were clear long before the votes were counted Tuesday night: President Barack Obama would face a Congress with more Republicans for his fin(...)

 United States Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, waves to supporters with his wife Elaine Chao during his victory celebration at the Marriott East Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky yesterday. Photograph: Mark Lyons/EPA 1:30

US president Barack Obama suffered a heavy political defeat as Republicans won back the Senate from Democrats in the US midterm elections, giving the (...)

Republican candidate Joni Ernst on the campaign trail in Newton, Iowa. Her campaign ad about growing up on a pig farm clicked with voters. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 1:22

Pigs and poultry. On such parochial issues can the make-up of national governments be decided, even in countries as large as the United States. They c(...)

Eagle Alpha has raised $1.2 million (€942,000) in its second fundraising round. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Eagle Alpha, a Dublin-headquartered start-up that analyses social media for stockbrokers, hedge funds and other investors, has raised $1.2 million (...)

 A student cries during a vigil at The Grove Church, after a school shooting in the US    in Marysville, Washington. Photograph: EPA

Authorities in the US are seeking a motive today as to why a high school student in Washington state shot dead a female classmate and wounded four o(...)

Developer Seán Dunne and his wife, Gayle Killilea Dunne (right). Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The son and wife of bankrupt developer Seán Dunne have cleared the final hurdle in the planning process to build their $22 million (€17 million) propo(...)

 Oscar de la Renta (R), pictured with American Vogue Editor-in-chief Anna Wintour (C), died yesterday at his home in Kent, Connecticut. He was 82. Photograph:   Jim McIsaac/Getty Images 1:45

Oscar de la Renta, the doyen of American fashion, whose career began in the 1950s in Franco’s Spain and sprawled across the better living rooms of Par(...)

Waypoint will lease two Sikorsky S-92s and two Agusta Westland AW139s

Limerick-based helicopter financier, Waypoint Leasing, has agreed deals to supply four craft to two clients.Waypoint, whose helicopter fleet is valued(...)

Property developer Seán Dunne (right). Objecting to Mr Dunne’s application to dismiss his case before Connecticut’s bankruptcy court, Ulster Bank said in a new legal filing that the investigation into his finances would be “substantially hampered” if the court granted his motion to dismiss. Photograph: Steve Miller.

Property developer Seán Dunne would be allowed to “further manipulate assets” and frustrate the efforts of his creditors if he is allowed to withdr(...)