Kate Holmquist is from Massachusetts and has been living in Ireland for more than 30 years I’ve had far more Thanksgivings outside the US than (...)

People react positively at a watch party as US president Barack Obama outlines his executive actions on immigration in a televised address at Casa de Maryland in Hyattsville, US. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/ New York Times

Ireland’s Catholic bishops, Irish immigration centres in the United States and business interests there have welcomed President Barack Obama’s execut(...)

Health workers in protective suits unload Dr Martin Salia, a surgeon working in Sierra Leone who had been diagnosed with Ebola, from an ambulance at the Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha. Photograph: Brian C Frank/Reuters

A physician infected with the Ebola virus is in “extremely critical condition” at the Nebraska Medical Center where he arrived yesterday to receive(...)

Former US president George W Bush speaks at the launch his new book, “41: A Portrait of My Father”, at the George Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Texas. Photograph: Mike Stone/Reuters

George W Bush, the 43rd president, unveiling his new biography of his father, 41st president, George HW Bush – a book he describes as “a love story” –(...)

Barack Obama holds up a hoagie sandwich at Taylor Gourmet after a discussion with small business owners at the restaurant in Washington DC in 2012. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Think of food and Washington DC, and it conjures the image of Frank Underwood, the Machiavellian politician in the Netflix drama House of Cards, de(...)

President Barack Obama answering questions in the White House yesterday. He said he is “eager to work with the new Congress to make the next two years as productive as possible”. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

President Barack Obama said Republicans “had a good night” in Tuesday’s midterm elections but attributed the party’s sweeping wins to the public’s di(...)

Maryland governor Martin O’Malley: unable to ensure a continued Democratic presence in the State House in Annapolis. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Brendan Boyle will become the only member of Congress with an Irish-born parent, after being elected to the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s US (...)

Republican Bruce Rauner gives a thumbs-up after winning the midterm elections in Chicago, Illinois, November 4th, 2014. Photograph; Jim Young/Reuters

If you landed from space this week you might think the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, encased in a new grey cocoon of scaffolding erected to(...)

US president Barack Obama meets his national security and public health teams in the Roosevelt Room at the White House yesterday. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

1. The voters are mad as hell...but Republicans are less crazy than before. Tuesday’s heavy losses by Democrats in the Senate, the House and governors(...)

US president Barack Obama photographed meeting with his national security and public health teams in the Roosevelt Room at the White House yesterday. He  could be on track to see his party record the biggest losses in the House of any presidential term since Harry Truman. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Barack Obama will need all his great oratorical powers to explain the Republican wins over Democrats in the US midterms elections that exceed the “she(...)