Supreme court justice Antonin Scalia making a rare appearance on Capitol Hill to testify before a senate judiciary committee hearin. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

In almost 30 years on the bench of the US supreme court justice Antonin Scalia was strident, colorful, and most of all, conservative. That made him an(...)

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders smiles as he waves to the crowd at his 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary victory rally in Concord, New Hampshire February 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

It is a measure of the radical mood of America that virtually every presidential candidate who has so far come to the fore present themselves as an op(...)

Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos is on a three-day visit to Washington this week. Photograph: Guillermo Legaria/AFP/Getty Images

Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos began a three-day visit to Washington this week to drum up support for his country’s peace process, and to par(...)

Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and 2016 presidential candidate, greets supporters after being declared the winner of the Iowa caucus during his campaign’s caucus night celebration at the Elwell Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, US, on Monday, February 1st, 2016.  Photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Billionaire Donald Trump was dealt a blow in his bid to become Republican presidential nominee, losing to Texas senator Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses,(...)

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad was told to ‘step aside’ by US president Barack Obama in 2011. Photograph: EPA

The Syrian crisis might have been resolved in 2011 if US president Barack Obama had not declared on August 18th that year that his Syrian counterpart (...)

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Bob Dole (92) said nobody likes Ted Cruz. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

It is a clear sign that the Republican establishment is concerned about conservative rabble-rouser Ted Cruz that they would believe that Donald Trump,(...)

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio during a campaign stop at the Plymouth Senior Center in Plymouth, New Hampshire, in advance of the primary on February 9th. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA

About 100 people braved freezing temperatures to hear Republican senator Marco Rubio of Florida, the youngest candidate running for the presidency, at(...)

None of the dire predicted consequences of Obama’s “job-killing” policies have materialised. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Do you remember the “Bush boom”? Probably not. Anyway, the administration of George W Bush began its tenure with a recession, followed by an extended (...)

 US President Barack Obama: after the 2012 election  he was able to go through with a significant rise in taxes on high incomes. Photograph: Zach Gibson/The New York Times

You have to be seriously geeky to get excited when the Internal Revenue Service releases new statistics. Well, I’m a big geek; like quite a few others(...)