Ahead of the first US Republican TV debate on Fox, Donald Trump sits atop the polling average - and has in fact widened his lead - with Jeb Bush and Scott Walker behind him. Photograph:  Frederic  J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images.

For the last several weeks, the likely slate of US Republican candidates for the first televised debate this week has shifted constantly at the cut(...)

Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton:  Biden is talking to friends, family and donors about jumping in. The 72-year-old vice-president has been having meetings to explore the idea of taking on Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire. Photograph: Luke Sharret/The New York Times

A pattern of cutting corners, a patina of entitlement and inevitability, has led to this. Destroying digital messages and thwarting official investiga(...)

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko lies in second place in the  Women’s British Open behind South Korea’s Kim Hyo-joo. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

It might have been hard to believe during the 25 minutes Donald Trump spent talking to the media in a ballroom within the majestic Turnberry hotel,(...)

 Stephanie Meadow: will fly the flag for Ireland in the British Open at  Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland. Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Women’s British Open: When is a career Grand Slam not a Grand Slam? That is the question for world number one Inbee Park ahead of the Women’s Briti(...)

Donald Trump said what Clinton did was “far worse than what General Petraeus did”, referring the former CIA director was sentenced to probation for leaking classified information to a biographer who was also his lover. Photograph: Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times

Donald Trump has pitched into the furore over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state, saying: “The fact is, what (...)

A picture of Kate Steinle is set up at a Senate hearing last week. The 32-year-old was allegedly shot by an immigrant who had been deported to Mexico five times. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Pier 14 is one of the most beautiful tourist spots in San Francisco, jutting out next to the Bay Bridge that connects the city to Oakland and Berkeley(...)

Ahead of the field: Donald Trump in Texas on Thursday. He said he’s confident of winning the Hispanic vote. Photograph: Matthew Busch/Getty

On Tuesday the Republican senator Lindsey Graham, one of 16 candidates seeking his party’s presidential nomination in the 2016 US elections, appear(...)

Ballynahinch Castle hotel in Connemara has had a facelift that includes the addition of this picturesque terrace for summer dining and cocktails

Down by the riverside in Connemara Just look at that view. Ballynahinch Castle hotel in Connemara has had a facelift that includes the addition o(...)

Donald Trump has infuriated Republicans by criticizing fellow members of the party and made many of them uncomfortable with harsh remarks about illegal immigration and other issues. Photograph: Joshua Lott/The New York Times

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump persisted in his attacks on fellow Republicans on Tuesday, calling US Senator Lindsey Graham an “idiot” and givin(...)

An insult too far

It was only a matter of time before Donald Trump went too far. Throughout his raucous campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, the propert(...)