US senator Ted Cruz  with his wife Heidi Nelson Cruz and children at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Monday, after announcing his intention to run for president. Cruz’s wacko status is precisely  his appeal.  Photograph: Jay Paul/Bloomberg

Liberals, political reporters and people who revel in the general recurrent ridiculousness of American politics could not hide their delight in the ir(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton, hold their granddaughter Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky after their daughter Chelsea Clinton gave birth in New York in September. Photograph: Jon Davidson/Reuters

#GrandmothersKnowBest . Yes they do, Hillary Clinton, yes they do. Clinton was using her sixth tweet of 2015 to get people to vaccinate their kids. (...)

‘Niall O’Dowd’s reminder and characterisation of Adams’s centrality to the peace process certainly served the interests of Sinn Féin, especially in the week that’s in it. There was no mention from the podiums in New York, or it seems the following day in Washington, of Adams’s recent troubles arising from how his party and the IRA responded to reports of child abuse.’ O’Dowd made his comments at the  Irish America Hall of Fame in New York, on Monday, at which former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke. Photograph:  EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

At an annual St Patrick’s week lunch in New York this week at which Hillary Clinton was inducted into the Irish America Magazine’s hall of fame, publi(...)

Hillary Clinton after being inducted into the 2015 Irish America Hall of Fame in New York in recognition of her role and commitment to the Irish peace process. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton hailed the role of women in bringing peace to Northern Ireland but, noting the disagreements between the (...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused the US government of behaving bizarrely after a meeting with a senior official in Washington DC was postponed. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams will now meet US State Department officials in Washington on St Patrick’s Day following confusion around whether the d(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has cut short his visit to the United States for St Patrick’s Day following the death of his mother. Photograph: PA

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has cut short his visit to the United State for St Patrick’s Day following the death of his mother. (...)

US president Barack Obama receiving a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House in 2012. The two men will meet again in Washington on Tuesday. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Reuters

From afar it is easy to be cynical about the green beer and tweed caps of the celebration of St Patrick’s Day in the United States, but that cynici(...)

US president Barack Obama appears on a television screen alongside a security guard as he talks with Jimmy Kimmel on March 12th, 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images. 1:16

President Barack Obama said on Thursday that whoever shot at police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, this week were “criminals” and should be arrest(...)

Hillary Clinton sought this week to defuse a growing political controversy over her use of a private email server for official messages when she was s(...)

Hillary Clinton answers questions  at the United Nations in New York yesterday. Ms Clinton admitted  she made a mistake in choosing not to use an official email account when she was US secretary of state. Photograph: Don Emmertdon Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton has conceded that she should have used a government email address while serving as US secretary of state.Ms Clinton told a press confe(...)