“No government minister had any knowledge that HSBC may have been involved in wrongdoing in regard to its Swiss banking arm prior to the reports of the last couple of days”

The UK government insisted yesterday that ministers did not know the full facts about the HSBC tax scandal until this week, in a collective closing (...)

Wall Street overwhelmingly backed Mitt Romney in 2012, and invested heavily in Republicans once again this year. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

On Wall Street, 2010 was the year of “Obama rage” in which financial tycoons went ballistic over the president’s suggestion that some bankers helped c(...)

US house speaker John Boehner (centre) after the passage of the $1.1 trillion spending bill in the House of Representatives. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The narrow passage of a budget in the US House of Representatives to keep the government open came at a price for liberal Democrats but concessions (...)

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” –(...)

US president Barack Obama meets his national security and public health teams in the Roosevelt Room at the White House yesterday. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

1. The voters are mad as hell...but Republicans are less crazy than before. Tuesday’s heavy losses by Democrats in the Senate, the House and governors(...)

Republican candidate Joni Ernst on the campaign trail in Newton, Iowa. Her campaign ad about growing up on a pig farm clicked with voters. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 1:22

Pigs and poultry. On such parochial issues can the make-up of national governments be decided, even in countries as large as the United States. They c(...)

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 (...)