In Colorado, sitting Democrat Mark Udall has been lambasted for his negative “war on women” ads against Republican congressman Cory Gardner. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images 1:22

Senate: Kentucky (Republican) Likely Republican hold Mitch McConnell – the would-be Senate majority leader if Republicans pick up the six seats they (...)

Republican candidate Cory Gardner: women’s rights,  President Obama’s unpopularity, Ebola and the rise of Islamic State, are the most discussed issues in these elections. Photograph: Reuters

In one of the stranger negative campaign ads for next Tuesday’s US midterm elections, a young man scrambles from under a duvet in a bedside locker (...)

Smoke billows from the aircraft wreckage site beside the airport in Wichita. Photograph: Kelli2431/Twitter

A small aircraft crashed into a building adjacent to the Wichita, Kansas, airport, killing two people and leaving five unaccounted for. Just before 3(...)

 Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning  is surrounded by the media after a game against the San Francisco 49ers in which he broke the all-time NFL record with 509 career touchdowns. Photograph:  t Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Peyton Manning paid tribute to team-mates past and present after breaking Brett Favre’s NFL record for most career touchdown passes.Denver Broncos qu(...)

The late Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, which attacks the US government as immoral for tolerating homosexuality. Photograph: Steve Hebert/New York Times

Newton’s third law – that every action has an equal and opposite reaction – can be easily proved in debates on many social issues being fought betw(...)

Donating millions of dollars to the election campaign coffers of Republican candidates, the Koch brothers attempt to influence policy in the direction of their agenda to lower taxes and limit the role of government. Photograph: Gordon M. Grant/The New York Times

In Wichita, Kansas, locals are reluctant to speak about Charles and David Koch, the conservative billionaire industrialists whom Republicans count (...)

Republican US senator Pat Roberts cradles a baby after speaking at a Conservative Revival in Gardner, Kansas. Photograph: Dave Kaup/Reuters

Herbie Hopper is standing on a busy roadside in Wichita, Kansas, holding one end of a large yellow flag. It shows a picture of a coiled rattlesnake(...)

A decision by Seattle’s city council to recognise “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” on the same day as Columbus Day has angered members of the Italian American community. Photograph: Getty Images

An important moment in the history of the Americas is remembered in the United States every year on the second Monday in October: the time “Native Ame(...)

Who is Red Bastard? That’s simple: he’s a whore and a fascist. What does he do? He does something very interesting every 10 seconds. How does he do(...)

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(...)