US president Barack Obama, with health and human services secretary Sylvia Burwell, speaks to the media about Ebola during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, on Wednesday. Rising public anxiety over the virus prompted Mr Obama to cancel two days of political events. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Terry Wade, in DallasUS lawmakers prepared to question federal health officials on Thursday about their response to the appearance of Ebola on US soil(...)

What’s holding back employment in the US, asks speaker of the house John Boehner. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Last week John Boehner, the speaker of the House, explained to an audience at the American Enterprise Institute what’s holding back employment in t(...)

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel (left) and joint chiefs of staff chairman Gen Martin Dempsey testify on Capitol Hill yesterday. Photograph: Getty Images

The highest-ranking military officer in the United States has said he would advise US president Barack Obama to send in ground troops to fight Isla(...)

US president Barack Obama delivers a live televised address to the nation on his plans for military action against the Islamic State, from the White House. Photograph: Saul Loeb/Pool/Reuters 2:37

US president Barack Obama unveiled plans early today to expand a month-long campaign of military strikes against radical Muslim fighters from Iraq int(...)

US president Barack Obama  had promised  to overhaul the immigration system by the end of the summer. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

President Barack Obama has parked the possibility of taking executive action on the issue of US immigration reform fearing the effect on the Congress(...)

Course of action: US president Barack Obama golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, Martha’s Vineyard, at the weekend. Photograph: Steven Senne/AP

Fore! Score? And seven trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and ded(...)

US president Barack Obama spoke about immigration reform from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington today. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama said he would take executive action to reform the US immigration system after hopes of passing legislation in Congress offic(...)

Kevin McCarthy (49) has been promoted to the role of majority leader in the lower chamber of the US Congress. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

The third most senior Republican in the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy has been promoted to the role of majority leader in the lower chamber(...)

Cantor bad, Brat worst

Commentators had already begun to talk somewhat prematurely of the US Tea Party as a force in decline, past its moment of critical influence. In the p(...)

Eric Cantor: congressional primary loss has emboldened the Republican right and enabled Democrats to accuse the rival party of being in such disarray it cannot even guarantee the re-election of one of its leaders. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

The shock waves from the defeat of the second highest-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives in a primary election will be felt far beyond(...)