Potential Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton  at Columbia University in New York. Ms Clinton has  voiced her support for immigration reform in the US during a fundraising function. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

America’s immigration problem needs to be addressed, in a way that helps families, potential Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has sa(...)

Obamacare is working better than even its supporters expected – but its enemies say that the good news proves nothing, because nobody predicted anything different

Imagine yourself as a regular commentator on public affairs – maybe a paid pundit, maybe a supposed expert in some area, maybe just an opinionated bil(...)

President Barack Obama with Israeli prime minister Binyamin  Netanyahu. The White House has castigated  Netanyahu for comments made on the election stump. Photograph:  Jason Reed/Reuters

It is fair to say that relations between the United States and Israel are at their poorest in decades. Allegations of spying, interference in domestic(...)

Binyamin Netanyahu: “I don’t want a one-state solution. I want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution. But for that circumstances have to change”

Binyamin Netanyahu has backtracked from an election promise that there would be no Palestinian state if he was re-elected Israeli prime minister.Only(...)

Enda Kenny: “There’s an issue about the waiver scheme and the way it applies.” Photograph: Bloomberg

The Taoiseach, at the end of his remarks in the Oval Office next to Barack Obama, noted that it was “unique for a country as small as Ireland to ha(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny being welcomed at the Oval Office by US president Barack Obama during his St Patrick’s Day visit to the White House in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Gaffe-prone US vice-president Joe Biden was up to his old tricks on St Patrick’s Day.He was apparently so fixated on the wearing of the green that he (...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Simon Carswell in AtlantaTaoiseach Enda Kenny started his St Patrick’s Day trip to the United States by telling an audience of businesspeople in Atlan(...)

Hillary Clinton: Some say her use of a personal email account while secretary of state will most likely be forgotten long before the 2016 election. Photograph: The New York Times

The tweet wasn’t even a day old and it had been viewed more than three million times, according to social media website Twitter.“I want the public to (...)

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu: Characterised a deal with Tehran as the antithesis to a farewell to arms. It would, he told Congress, “be a farewell to arms control”. Photograph: Bloomberg 1:35

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s fighting speech to a joint session of the US Congress felt at times like a presidential state of the union(...)