US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Sarasota, Florida on Saturday: with all his bombast and incivility, Trump has joyfully debunked political correctness for the complete fraud that it is. Photograph: Scott Audette/Reuters

The intense interest in the thrill-a-minute, through-the-looking-glass 2016 US presidential race, fuelled by anger at maladjusted Washington(...)

Donald Trump was the favourite of 31 per cent of Republicans in a rolling poll in the five days ended on Friday. Photograph: Randall Hill/Reuters

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s support among Republicans has dropped 12 points in less than a week, marking the property mogul’s bigg(...)

Attempts within Republicanism to mount an anti-Trump campaign appear unlikely to succeed - the party has been hijacked by its own members. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Stephen Colbert, host of the US’s Late Show, a mix of chat and satire, the other night warned his audience that Donald Trump might actually w(...)

‘Until three years ago, the phrase ‘Black Friday’ had minimal recognition in this country . . . except that it was the fourth best song on Steely Dan’s second best album.’ Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

What did you do yesterday? Did you have a nice Black Friday? Did you draw blood fighting your way to those reduced Star Wars underpants? Has (...)

In a speech on Tuesday in South Carolina Trump  gestured in a jerky fashion as if imitating Mr Kovaleski’s movements. Photograph: CNN/Screenshot

Donald Trump denied that he mocked a reporter with a disability in a speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the “poor guy” and ma(...)

Donald Trump has been criticised after apparently mimicking a reporter’s physical disability at a rally on Tuesday. Photograph: CNN/Screenshot

An advocacy group has offered Donald Trump sensitivity training to help him better understand people with disabilities after he appeared to moc(...)

Pfizer and Allergan would have to pay the other party just $400 million if either were to pull out of their $160 billion deal due to a change in th(...)

Donald Trump: criticised in tweets by Democratic mayor of New Jersey and Republican former governor of New York.   Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Businessman Donald Trump, the poll leader in the race to be Republican presidential nominee, has drawn fire again by claiming that “thousands and t(...)

Tangier Island, Virginia, in Chesapeake Bay; The island is just 4ft above sea level so it is vulnerable to the vast expanse of water around it. Photograph: Simon Carswell

As James “Ooker” Eskridge drives around Tangier Island, which he has represented as mayor for eight years, he stops his electric golf cart next(...)

US Republican candidate Dr Ben Carson on Syrian refugees: “If there’s a rabid dog running around in your neighbourhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog. It doesn’t mean you hate all dogs, but you’re putting your intellect into motion.” Photograph: Chris Keane/Reuters

Republicans were tripping over themselves this week to ratchet up the anti-refugee rhetoric in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, targeting Syrian mi(...)