Too close for comfort: Kay Hagan’s opponents have used her kiss from Barack Obama last week against her. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty
Obama: kiss of death?

High on a shelf above a counter in the Raleigh Times Bar is an empty pint glass, sitting encased in front of a US presidential seal. This is the glass(...)

Senator Elizabeth Warren: her family’s back-story of financial struggle and her attacks on Wall Street interests have drawn interest far outside her home state.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

One female Democratic politician is stirring the masses in the US and it’s not Hillary Clinton. Elizabeth Warren, the senator and former Harvard law p(...)

Hillary Clinton: has told ABC News that she is focusing on promoting her book for the moment and will not make her decision on a 2016 presidential run until later this year. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Hillary Clinton deflected continued speculation over whether she will run for president in 2016, telling ABC News in an interview yesterday to prom(...)

Sen Linda Dorcena Forry thanks Enda Kenny after the Taoiseach spoke at the annual St Patrick’s Day breakfast in Boston. Photograph: AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Last Sunday the vivacious Massachusetts state senator Linda Dorcena Forry burst onto the stage at the Boston Convention Centre singing (...)

US President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Scott Brown, the Republican who admitted he wore pink leather shorts on his first date with his wife-to-be, is back – and Democrats are scared (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks to reporters alongside Boston mayor Marty Walsh at a St Patrick’s Day breakfast meeting in Boston today.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has heaped praise on Ireland’s Six Nations Championship-winning rugby team, saying that the players showed “incredible courage(...)

The law against marijuana was lifted in Colorado on January 1st, bringing possession of a $10 bag of pot into the same category as laundering hundreds(...)

 Bill Clinton introduces newly elected mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, at City Hall in New York on New Year’s Day. Photograph: Reuters

All politics is local. But the local can be decidedly national, even international. Boris Johnson’s London mayoralty acquired national significance be(...)

We have yet to see whether US president Barack Obama’s declaration that inequality is “the defining challenge of our age” will translate into policy changes. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Rising inequality isn’t a new concern. Oliver Stone’s movie Wall Street, with its portrayal of a rising plutocracy insisting that greed is good, was r(...)

Senator Elizabeth Warren: the former Harvard professor of bankruptcy law   ticks many boxes for presidential material among Democrats who fear  Hillary Clinton’s centrist economic stance and cosiness with Wall Street.   Photograph:  Joshua Roberts/Reuters

There is a popular video on YouTube, viewed more than one million times, showing a group of hapless financial regulators squirming under questioning b(...)