Fewer than one in three of today’s members of the United States House of Representatives were in Congress in 2002 for the vote that authorised Preside(...)

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, at the Harkin ‘steak fry’ in Indianola, Iowa. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Young

Hillary Clinton has sent another strong signal that she may run for the presidency in 2016 when she returned to the politically significant state o(...)

His speech on the Islamic State represents a critical moment for US president Barack Obama. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg.

In January, United States president Barack Obama dismissed the possibility of militant Islamic fighters in Iraq striking the US, saying their capacity(...)

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(...)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: treatment of her in the halls of Capitol Hill shows even the highest offices in the land are not immune from sexual harassment that is common against women elsewhere in American society. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior Democratic senator from New York, sparked a flurry of watercooler chatter, talkshow outrage and online indignation in t(...)

Brian Farren, Linda O’Shea Farren, Brian O’Dwyer and Maurice Buckley, president  of the Ireland Chamber of Commerce. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

It was a dank, wet evening on Dublin’s leafy Raglan Road last night, but that didn’t stop 80 guests filing into Fitzroy House for an evening of chat (...)

Hillary Clinton: has yet to declare whether she will run as a presidential candidate in the next US elections. Photograph: Matthew Healey/The New York Times

The organisers of tonight’s Dublin fundraiser for Hillary Clinton hope to use the event to establish a network of US supporters in Ireland in expecta(...)

Former Concern Worldwide chief executive Tom Arnold will next week take up an interim role as coordinator of the United Nations’ Sun Movement,  which  aims at reducing the number of people across the world affected by malnutrition. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Former Concern Worldwide chief executive Tom Arnold will next week take up an interim role as coordinator of a United Nations initiative aimed at r(...)

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Image of the week: Clipper crazy “Where do you want to go today?” Two decades ago, Microsoft used to ask Windows users this question all the ti(...)

US Republican senator Marco Rubio: highlighted age difference between Hillary Clinton and him. Photograph: Hans Deryk/Reuters

Marco Rubio, a Republican senator from Florida, has attacked Hillary Clinton, saying she would be a flawed “20th century candidate” for the presidency(...)