Donating millions of dollars to the election campaign coffers of Republican candidates, the Koch brothers attempt to influence policy in the direction of their agenda to lower taxes and limit the role of government. Photograph: Gordon M. Grant/The New York Times

In Wichita, Kansas, locals are reluctant to speak about Charles and David Koch, the conservative billionaire industrialists whom Republicans count (...)

US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley speaking with Missouri senator Claire McCaskill at confirmation hearing before the Senate foreign relations committee in July.

The American Ireland Fund, the influential philanthropic group, sent a strongly worded letter of frustration to the Democratic and Republican leaders (...)

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(...)

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III . In a landmark decision, the Patent and Trademark office found that the NFL team name cannot be trademarked under federal law, which prohibits names that “may disparage” individuals or groups, or “bring them into contempt or disrepute”. Photograph:  Gary Cameron/Reuters

The US Patent and Trademark Office ruled yesterday that the Washington Redskins football team’s name is disparaging to Native Americans and cancelled (...)

A worker prepares a security camera outside the Rijksmuseum  in Amsterdam yesterday ahead of US president Barack Obama’s visit. Obama, who will be attending the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, will visit the Rijksmuseum today. Photograph: Reuters/Cris Toala Olivares

US president Barack Obama arrived in the Netherlands for four days of meetings with European allies in a visit likely to be dominated by the cri(...)

A Ukrainian soldier  guards a checkpoint near the village of Salkovo, in the Kherson region adjacent to Crimea. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

The EU last night agreed to expand targeted sanctions on Russia after the US stepped up its response to the crisis in Ukraine by imposing sanct(...)

A woman cries while meeting US president Barack Obama at the Coral Reef High School in Miami, Florida, last week. Photograph: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

If you can’t spell it, you can’t get it. President Barack Obama pulled a Quayle Thursday night at a White House performance by the women of sou(...)

Robert Gates with Barack Obama and Admiral Mike Mullen at a Gates farewell ceremony. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

The disdain Robert Gates has for self-interested members of Congress, upstart White House aides and senior Obama administration figures, which (...)

Jenica Krall  tries her hand at a virtual shooting booth at the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference  in National Harbor, Maryland. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Velvet Cowan is wearing a tight-fitting T-shirt with pictures of two guns across her chest. “Keep your hands off of my guns,” her top says. A p(...)

Democrats ridiculed John Boehner for his inability to muster just 18 votes among his members  Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg.

There was a strange moment when Republican speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner ended a press conference on Monday evening. Aft(...)