US Republican senator Marco Rubio: highlighted age difference between Hillary Clinton and him. Photograph: Hans Deryk/Reuters

Marco Rubio, a Republican senator from Florida, has attacked Hillary Clinton, saying she would be a flawed “20th century candidate” for the presidency(...)

Karl Marx: Obamacare and climate change policy are among the initiatives branded ‘Marxist’ by US conservatives. Photograph: Henry Guttmann/Getty Images

Everywhere you look these days you see Marxism on the rise. Well, okay, maybe you don’t – but conservatives do.If you so much as mention income inequa(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (right) listens as Egypt’s foreign minister Nabil Fahmy speaks to the media prior to a meeting at the US state department in Washington DC on yesterday. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

A deadline set by the US last year for peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians passed without agreement or a framework for possible (...)

A woman cries while meeting US president Barack Obama at the Coral Reef High School in Miami, Florida, last week. Photograph: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

If you can’t spell it, you can’t get it. President Barack Obama pulled a Quayle Thursday night at a White House performance by the women of sou(...)

Jenica Krall  tries her hand at a virtual shooting booth at the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference  in National Harbor, Maryland. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Velvet Cowan is wearing a tight-fitting T-shirt with pictures of two guns across her chest. “Keep your hands off of my guns,” her top says. A p(...)

Republican senator Marco Rubio: “Republicans are in a deep sense enemies of America’s poor. And that will remain true no matter how hard the likes of Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio try to convince us otherwise.” Photograph: Reuters

Suddenly it’s okay, even mandatory, for politicians with national ambitions to talk about helping the poor. This is easy for Democrats, who can go bac(...)

Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin (left) speaks as Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington, looks on during a news conference at the US Capitol in Washington.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
Deal reached on US budget

A cross-party Congressional committee has reached an agreement to fund the US government for two years, averting another possible shutdown of feder(...)

US president Barack Obama  shakes hands with Cuban president Raul Castro during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Florida congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, called the gesture “nauseating”. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Cuban-American politicians in the United States have voiced criticism at President Barack Obama’s historic handshake with Cuban leader Raul Castro (...)

Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz  leaves after speaking following a meeting  of his party caucus on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Fresh from his victory this week, which saw congressional Republicans unconditionally surrender over the government shutdown after 16 days, President (...)

Samantha Power was in Ireland at a family reunion when the chemical attack in Syria occurred.

Nearly a year before the world woke up to images of Syrians dying in a large-scale chemical weapons attack, Samantha Power was quietly pushing US pres(...)