Former Florida governor Jeb Bush serving coffee to military veterans in Johnston, Iowa, to mark Veterans Day. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

They know all about winnowing fields in Iowa, this agricultural state in America’s heartland. Many Republicans are waiting for the party’s large field(...)

Presidential candidate Donald Trump, Senator Marco Rubio and Ben Carson during the Republican Presidential Debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Donald Trump clashed with rivals, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Ohio governor John Kasich in the Republican Party’s fourth presidential debate (...)

New Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with his predecessor John Boehner: at 45, Mr Ryan is the youngest Speaker in 140 years. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan joked on Sunday that his first job as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives was to rid the smell of smoke fro(...)

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner hugs his successor Paul Ryan in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: AP

Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has been elected the 62nd speaker of the House, taking over from John Boehner. Mr Ryan’s ascent comes during a period of chaos(...)

 Jeb Bush (left) listens as senator Marco Rubio makes a point at the 2016 US Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28th, 2015. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Withering put-downs and sharp exchanges dominated the third Republican presidential debate as the one-time frontrunner Jeb Bush came off worst on a(...)

US House Speaker John Boehner:   President Barack Obama and top lawmakers from both parties reached a tentative budget agreement that would avert a US debt default. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The White House and congressional leaders reached a two-year budget deal overnight to lift mandatory spending caps on defense and domestic programs an(...)

Paul Ryan said he was willing to shape the Republican Party into a “proposition party”, shifting away from the opposition and internal strife that has hurt the party in recent years. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The 2012 Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan has given divided Republicans until tomorrow to decide whether they will unite behind him as(...)

A Halloween date with Houdini
  • Travel
  • October 17, 2015, 01:14

Are you interested in finding out once and for all whether there is life after death? And would like to commune with someone who has been dead for 89 (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan (left), on a visit to Washington, has welcomed plans by Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (right) of Wisconsin to table legislation for E3 visas for “a limited period of time for Irish people”. Photograph: Marty Katz

A Republican congressman intends to introduce a Bill that, if passed, would allow thousands of Irish to apply for new “E3” visas to live and work in t(...)

Pope Francis arrives to give a mass in Holguin, Cuba, a cradle of Catholic faith and home of Fidel and Raul Castro. Photograph: Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images

During the visit of Pope Francis to the US, which starts on Tuesday, the pontiff will address a group of 200 poor and sick beneficiaries of Catholic c(...)