Maureen McDonnell will follow her husband Robert McDonnell into prison after being sentenced to a year and a day for political corruption

Never has a dietary supplement caused so much political damage. Maureen McDonnell, wife of the former Virginia governor, will follow her husband Robe(...)

The Irish Ambassador to the US Anne Anderson: she has written to Pat McCrory to acknowledge receipt of his letter and has forwarded his correspondence to Ireland. Photograph: Marty Katz/

The governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory is the latest American politician to call on the Government to scrap its plans to introduce plain packagi(...)

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell (centre) leaves his trial in Richmond, Virginia, last month.  Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen have been found guilty of public corruption for using his office to promote a businessm(...)

Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell’s wife Maureen arrives with her daughter for her trial in Richmond, Virginia yesterday. Photograph: Jay Westcott/Reuters

Less than a month before her husband’s inauguration as Virginia governor, Maureen McDonnell sent an email to a senior member of his staff.“I need to (...)

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(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly received a mandate from Cabinet to prepare legislation five months ago. Following interventions by US  politicians, the lobbies’ letter marks an escalation of US resistance to the measure. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

A coalition of powerful American business lobbies has urged Taoiseach Enda Kenny to scrap(...)

Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell played up his Mayo connections in his letter to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The governor of Virginia has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny urging him to reject proposals to introduce plain cigarette packaging. In a letter(...)

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky at  the Conservative Political Action Conference in  Maryland yesterday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US Republicans have gathered in Maryland for the Conservative Political Action Conference. The party is using the three-day conclave to search (...)