Children from 21 countries wear Halloween costumes as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance after becoming American citizens during a naturaliSation ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland on October 31st. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Republicans are preparing a response to Barack Obama’s plans to change the immigration system. The aim to block the president’s go-solo actions, whic(...)

Fighting talk: Stewart Baker, former general counsel of the US’s National Security Agency, pulls no punches when talking about whistleblower Edward Snowden and the journalists who worked with him. Photograph: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Guardian News and Media

Stewart Baker is a cheerfully unapologetic apologist for the US’s National Security Agency (NSA). It makes sense that he would be, as he was general c(...)

Shane McCoy on a US navy humanitarian mission to Ghana in 2004

It came down to a flip of a coin, and Shane McCoy won. On January 11th, 2002, McCoy was a 27-year-old photographer with the United States navy station(...)

 United States Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, waves to supporters with his wife Elaine Chao during his victory celebration at the Marriott East Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky yesterday. Photograph: Mark Lyons/EPA 1:30

US president Barack Obama suffered a heavy political defeat as Republicans won back the Senate from Democrats in the US midterm elections, giving the (...)

Bridgeen Hagans (centre), fiancée of murdered Belfast man Robert McCartney, with four of his five sisters, Donna, Claire, Catherine and Gemma, in 2005. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Wronged women have brought the republican movement to its knees in the past. In a very different context from the Maíria Cahill case, the heroic siste(...)

Talking politics: Hillary Clinton rallies support for Alison Lundergan Grimes at the flashiest recent campaign event she has appeared at. Photographs: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Around the corner from Whiskey Row, the bricked-up, block-long stretch that was once home to Louisville’s bourbon industry in Kentucky, the Hillbilly (...)

A decision by Seattle’s city council to recognise “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” on the same day as Columbus Day has angered members of the Italian American community. Photograph: Getty Images

An important moment in the history of the Americas is remembered in the United States every year on the second Monday in October: the time “Native Ame(...)

 Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former US president Bill Clinton, and her husband Marc Mezvinsky who are celebrating the birth of their first child.

Chelsea Clinton has given birth to a daughter named Charlotte, the first grandchild of former US president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state (...)

 Air strikes: US president Barack Obama speaking this week. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Last year US president Barack Obama mapped out a foreign policy in a speech at the National Defence University at Fort McNair in Washington – he wante(...)

 Chief feferee Andy McFee talks with Europe team captain Paul McGinley ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at  Gleneagles in Auchterarder, Scotland. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

A cool breeze brushed over the hillocks here at Gleneagles resort yesterday, almost as if it were blowing away the smokescreens that had formed around(...)