Signs made by attendees hang at the offices of 32BJ SEIU, a workers’ union, during a viewing party for US President Barack Obama’s speech on evecutive action immigration policy reform last night in New York City. Photograph: Kevin Hagen/Getty Images

What did President Obama announce about immigration last night?In a televised address from the White House, Mr Obama announced a series of executive o(...)

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(...)

Ronald Reagan: old enough to have known Marilyn Monroe, but was he old enough to have known Thomas Jefferson? Photograph: AP

The Christian Science Monitor asked somewhat bemusedly in a recent article, “Why is John F Kennedy still so popular?”In Ireland, at least until recent(...)

  Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who  once said of  workers: “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”   Photograph: Stephen Crowley/New York Times)

Here’s how it happened: In 1894, Pullman workers, facing wage cuts in the wake of a financial crisis, went on strike – and Grover Cleveland deploye(...)