Republican would-be presidential candidate Donald Trump at Fountain Park, Arizona, during a campaign rally. Photograph: Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Most people would be upset to be at the centre of an agitated national debate about whether they were more like Hitler, Mussolini, Idi Amin, George Wa(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden: “Can I do it, can my family? There is no way to put a timetable on that.” Photograph: Getty Images

Vice-president Joe Biden has made his most revealing comments on whether he will mount a third presidential bid, saying the decision rests on whether (...)

US vice-president Joe Biden: still weighing up whether his family can cope with the rigours of a national campaign

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s clumsy handling of the controversy over her use of a private email address as secretary of state has left some Democrats unsu(...)

US President Barack Obama walks through a hallway after meeting with House Democrats at the US Capitol  in Washington. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

President Barack Obama suffered a humiliating defeat on his planned free trade deals as Democrats in the House of Representatives rebuffed a last-minu(...)

The joke circulates in Hollywood that Hillary is like Coca-Cola’s Dasani water: She’s got a great distribution system, but nobody likes the taste. Photograph: Eric Thayer/New York Times

Is Hollywood really ready to give a 67-year-old woman a leading role in a big-budget production? Hillary Clinton’s campaign has echoes of various cla(...)

PayPal has paid $25m to settle a catalogue of complaints by the US consumer financial watchdog that it illegally steered consumers into its online credit product, PayPal Credit.

PayPal has paid $25 million (€22.4 million) to settle a series of complaints by the US consumer financial watchdog that it illegally steered consumers(...)

Barack Obama is trying to quell strong opposition from the Democratic Party’s left flank, including trade union core supporters, who fear the effect of international deals on American jobs. Photograph: Aude Guerrucci/EPA

US president Barack Obama’s hopes of agreeing a major trade agreement with 11 countries around the Pacific suffered defeat at the hands of his own par(...)

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington yesterday. Ms Warren says Wall Street recklessness caused the 2008 financial crisis Photograph: Bloomberg

Last year the vampires of finance bought themselves a Congress. I know it’s not nice to call them that, but I have my reasons which I’ll explain in a (...)

Possible presidential candidate Martin O’Malley: the presidency is “not some crown to be passed between two families”. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The message from Democrats in South Carolina, delivered with that soft southern twang, is this: assume victory here at your peril.It’s 19 months out f(...)

Senator Elizabeth Warren: ‘No more secret deals. No more special deals for multinational corporations.’ Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Powers that would allows US president Barack Obama to agree trade deals with Asian countries and the European Union, as well as the deals themselve(...)