Former Florida governor Jeb Bush. He  is the first Republican to announce formally that he is exploring a candidacy. Photograph: Andy Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Jeb Bush, the son and young brother of former US presidents, has fired up the next race for the White House by announcing that he will “actively ex(...)

The ambitious governor of New Jersey Chris Christie: labelled the ban on pig gestation crates a “solution in search of a problem”. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Amid the recent uproar over white cops escaping criminal charges for killing black men on the job, you may have missed two of the stranger political s(...)

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” –(...)

Nurse Kaci Hickox and   her boyfriend Ted Wilbur speak with the media in Fort Kent, Maine yesterday.  Photograph: Reuters

A US judge has lifted a quarantine on an American nurse, ruling in favour of the 33-year-old woman whose health has become a battleground between go(...)

New Jersey governer Chris Christie  has refused to budge on his much-criticised decision to place health workers returning from treating Ebola patients in west Africa in mandatory isolation. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Republican governor of New Jersey Chris Christie has refused to budge on his much- criticised decision to place health workers returning from tre(...)

Ebola survivor Amber Vinson wipes her eye during a news conference upon her discharge from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia today. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

The second of two American nurses who became infected with Ebola while treating a Liberian man who died of the disease in Texas three weeks ago will b(...)

 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (left) speaks as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (right) listens during a press conference on the status of Ebola patient Dr Craig Spencer and New York’s new Ebola policies at the Governor’s office in New York yesterday. Photograph: EPA

A five-year-old boy who recently returned to New York City from the West African nation of Guinea faces more tests for Ebola after initial results ind(...)

Rutgers University Hospital in New jersey, where a nurse, Kaci Hickox, who worked with Ebola patients in west Africa, was placed in quarantine upon her arrival back to the US. Photograph: Robert Stolarik/New York Times

A nurse held in quarantine for Ebola monitoring in New Jersey plans to file a federal lawsuit challenging her confinement as a violation of her civil (...)

Passengers get off a subway train at Times Square in New York yesterday. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters.

Iraq has received “credible” intelligence that Islamic State militants plan to attack subway systems in Paris and the United States, Iraq’s prime mi(...)

The Trump Taj Mahal, left, the Showboat Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, centre, and Revel Atlantic City stand in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Once the east coast’s gambling hub, Atlantic City has suffered as casinos opened in neighboring states including Pennsylvania and New York after they legalised gambling or expanded betting to increase tax revenue. Photograph: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg

Trump Entertainment Resorts, the company founded by Donald Trump, filed for bankruptcy in Delaware, putting a fifth Atlantic City casino in danger of (...)