New Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with his predecessor John Boehner: at 45, Mr Ryan is the youngest Speaker in 140 years. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan joked on Sunday that his first job as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives was to rid the smell of smoke fro(...)

US House Speaker John Boehner:   President Barack Obama and top lawmakers from both parties reached a tentative budget agreement that would avert a US debt default. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The White House and congressional leaders reached a two-year budget deal overnight to lift mandatory spending caps on defense and domestic programs an(...)

Paul Ryan: “I believe we are ready to move forward as a one, united team. And I am ready and eager to be our speaker,” he wrote to Republican lawmakers.  Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Republican Representative Paul Ryan officially jumped into the race for speaker of the US House of Representatives on Thursday after nailing down cruc(...)

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has blasted the House select committee  as a “partisan arm of the Republican national committee”  ahead of her appearance before it. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

There have been nine investigations into the deadly attacks on the US outpost in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11th, 2012, and none has unearthed any (...)

Paul Ryan said he was willing to shape the Republican Party into a “proposition party”, shifting away from the opposition and internal strife that has hurt the party in recent years. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The 2012 Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan has given divided Republicans until tomorrow to decide whether they will unite behind him as(...)

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a campaign meeting in Keene, New Hampshire. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Hillary Clinton is wrong about the Benghazi committee. It’s not the longest-running special congressional investigation ever, as her campaign tweeted.(...)

House majority leader Kevin McCarthy and his wife Judy walk out of the caucus room after he announced  he will not be a candidate for Speaker of the House. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Chaos descended on the US Capitol yesterday after Republican Kevin McCarthy, in a shock move, withdrew his name in the race to become the next Speaker(...)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary  Clinton  appears to be behaving like she might have something to lose in her race to win the Democratic nomination. Photograph: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Hillary Clinton is approaching her presidential campaign with a new abandon. She is showing a more human side by lampooning Republicans on comedy TV a(...)

US house speaker John Boehner: When asked whether he would advance a debt limit Bill before resigning from Congress on October 30th, he said: “We’ll have to see. There are a number of issues that we’re going to try to deal with over the coming month.” Photograph: Jonathan Ernst

John Boehner stands smiling in front of the mirror in the bathroom of his English basement apartment on G Street on Capitol Hill. He breaks into song (...)

House speaker John Boehner  announces his resignation: he decided to act following the “awesome sight” of the pope’s historic address to congress. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The Republican speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner surprised colleagues and the wider political establishment in Washington by annou(...)