The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, ruled that the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, doesn’t authorise the US government to provide subsidies to Americans to help them purchase health insurance in 36 states. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The US Supreme Court could be asked to revisit president Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law after two courts issued conflicting rulings on govern(...)

Fr Gerard Creedon, a long-time friend of the American political dynasty, referring to Jackie Kennedy’s letters said: “She was a very private person. I am sure she would have wanted to have her privacy respected.” Photograph: AP

The widow of Robert F Kennedy believes the letters written by Jackie Kennedy to a Dublin priest could be destroyed to end the controversy about the pr(...)

A sign outside the car park in Rosslyn, Arlington, Virginia, where journalistic source Deep Throat met Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward six times between October 1972 and November 1973.

The din of passing traffic spills down an air vent from the street above, while water drips in a corner. Every sound, from the footsteps of a perso(...)

Bob Goodlatte: his state is home to the world’s second largest tobacco company Philip Morris

A US congressman has written again to the Irish Ambassador in Washington urging the Government to scrap plans to introduce plain packaging on cigaret(...)

Kevin McCarthy (49) has been promoted to the role of majority leader in the lower chamber of the US Congress. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

The third most senior Republican in the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy has been promoted to the role of majority leader in the lower chamber(...)

Michael Cunningham: ‘There’s only one story about people’s relationship with drugs: that it’s foolish, that it’s about escaping from reality, and you have to stop right now.’ Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

In the mid-1990s Michael Cunningham began working on the kind of book that makes publishers smile dutifully and sigh. The story centred on three wo(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs  Eamon Gilmore to lobby on behalf of estimated 50,000 Irish illegal immigrants in US. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

June 17th was one of the hottest days of 1864, when flames engulfed a laboratory at the Washington Arsenal. Two dozen women and girls, mostly Irish im(...)

Republican congressman Paul Ryan: due to meet Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore to discuss immigration reform. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore arrives in Washington today for two days of meetings with US politicians in the Gov(...)

Cantor bad, Brat worst

Commentators had already begun to talk somewhat prematurely of the US Tea Party as a force in decline, past its moment of critical influence. In the p(...)

US House majority leader Eric Cantor (above) has  lost his seemingly-safe primary to David Brat, a Tea Party-affiliated political novice with a strident anti-immigration message - an upset that could have major implications for the push to overhaul immigration in Congress. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

The second-highest ranking Republican in the US House of Representatives was beaten by a hard-right Tea Party candidate in a shock result in the lates(...)