US president Barack Obama meets  a group of “dreamers” – immigrants brought illegally to the US as children.A federal judge in Texas has blocked Mr Obama’s plans to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation,   claiming  the president is exceeding his legal authority.  Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama’s plans to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation have been blocked by a US federal judge in Texas(...)

Binyamin Netanyahu: the White House is upset about his address to Congress coming two weeks before Israeli elections and the fact he is expected to be critical of US policy on Iran. Photograph: Baz Ratnerbaz/AFP/Getty

An Israeli minister has suggested prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu was misled into thinking an invitation to address the US Congress next month was b(...)

U.S. President Barack Obama. His proposals face little chance of passing the Republican-led Congress.

The White House has ruled out making a proposed mandatory 14 per cent tax on stockpiled profits of US multinationals in countries such as Ireland vol(...)

Us president Barack Obama meets with Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the  White House in  2011. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama and secretary of state John Kerry, in an unprecedented snub, have made it clear that they will not meet with Israeli prime(...)

Emboldened: President Barack Obama after his State of the Union address. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Republicans have invited Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress about Iran, defying President Barack Obama’s warnings not to i(...)

US president Barack Obama and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu after meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington DC, in 2010. File photograph: Ron Sachs/Getty Images

US House of Representatives speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consultin(...)

US president Barack Obama’s speech will allow him to update Americans on the threat of Islamist extremists, two weeks after 17 people were killed in attacks in France. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/Getty Images

President Barack Obama aims in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to outline his plans to help middle class people left behind by the economic(...)

President Barack Obama: the House of Representatives has voted to overturn his orders from November protecting millions of illegal immigrants from deportation

The Republican-led House of Representatives has voted to overturn President Obama’s orders from November protecting millions of illegal immigrants (...)

US Speaker of the House John Boehner. A former employee at Mr Boehner’s country club has been indicted on a charge of threatening to murder the politician. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

A former barman has been indicted on a charge of threatening to murder House of Representatives speaker John Boehner, by either poisoning his drink at(...)

Affable US vice-president Joe Biden sweet-talked wives, cooed at children and kissed daughters. “I like kids better than people,” he was heard to say. Photograph: Reuters

Joe Biden has a mouth that can sometimes land him in hot water, but the jocular US vice-president came into his own at the Senate ceremonial swearing-(...)