Donald Trump  announces his candidacy for the US presidency at Trump Tower  in New York City. Mr Trump is the 12th Republican who has announced running for the White House. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

Canadian rock veteran Neil Young has continued a American tradition of recording artists asking Republican candidates to stop playing their music afte(...)

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is entering a presidential contest vastly different in size, pace and cost to those which his father and brother took part in. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Nearly 27 years after his father was elected president, moulding a political dynasty that would propel one son into a governor’s office and another in(...)

‘The president descended from the mountain for half an hour on Thursday evening, materialising at Nationals Park to schmooze with Democrats and Republicans at the annual congressional baseball game.’ Photograph: Aude Guerrucci/Getty Images

On Saturday mornings, I love to watch reruns of the television Western The Rifleman. Each show is a little moral fable, with Chuck Connors’s widowe(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton speaking during the Forbes’ 2015 Philanthropy Summit Awards dinner in New York City last week. Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Former US president Bill Clinton has insisted that criticism of his family’s charitable foundation is nothing more than “politicking” during an electi(...)

Former Florida governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks to German chancellor Angela Merkel  after he addressed the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party economic council in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has praised Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) for its fiscal discipline and demanded a tougher intern(...)

File photograph of  Vincent Bugliosi who  has died. He was the prosecutor in the Charles Manson trial who went on to write the best-selling true-crime book, “Helter Skelter”. Photograph: Toby Talbot

Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted cult leader Charles Manson and members of his so-called “family” for seven murders, then turned to writing books that(...)

Thirty-seven years ago, when Paul McGuinness signed a virtually unknown teen rock band called U2, he was also interested in making movies. After dr(...)

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell: wanted the Patriot Act’s bulk collection to be extended for another five years Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

So what spying powers has the US lost? The National Security Agency’s legal authority to collect the phone records of millions of Americans, part of t(...)

Conservative author Peter Schweizer, a former speechwriter for Republican president George W Bush, has claimed in his book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” that Hillary Clinton made policy decisions while US secretary of state that benefited donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The publisher of a controversial new book that looks at the ties between Bill and Hillary Clinton and donors to their charity has made several factual(...)

 Dodging the Iraq issue, Jeb Bush said that “talking about hypotheticals” did a disservice to those who served there.  Photograph: Alvin Baez/Reuters

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, yet to declare his presidential candidacy but expected to make an announcement shortly, is struggling to escape the (...)