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(...)

John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, will resign as speaker of the House  of Representatives next month. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, who has struggled with repeated rebellions from the more conservative wing of his Republican Party, (...)

Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Bloomberg 1:29

Pope Francis, in a first address by a pontiff to the US Congress, made sweeping pleas to a deeply partisan government to embrace immigrants, tackle(...)

Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the US Congress in the House Chamber of the US Capitol on Thursday in Washington, DC.  Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Pope Francis, in the first address by a pontiff to a joint meeting of the US Congress, urged American lawmakers to embrace new immigrants, tackle clim(...)

US president Barack Obama: “We only get one home. We only get one planet. There’s no plan B.” Photograph: Zach Gibson/The New York Times

President Barack Obama yesterday challenged the United States and the rest of the world to step up efforts to fight global warming, at the formal unve(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani: “This is a new page in history,” he said, reiterating that the deal had launched a phase of reconciliation with the outside world. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani defended Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers after it came under attack from conservatives at home, arguing on T(...)

Man  holds a confederate battle flag and Bible outside the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, on Thursday, just hours before Gov Nikki Haley signed a Bill to remove the flag from statehouse grounds. Photograph: Jason Miczek/Reuters

The Confederate battle flag, which has reignited a national debate since last month’s killings of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina, is to b(...)