US Republican candidate Dr Ben Carson on Syrian refugees: “If there’s a rabid dog running around in your neighbourhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog. It doesn’t mean you hate all dogs, but you’re putting your intellect into motion.” Photograph: Chris Keane/Reuters 0:36

Republicans were tripping over themselves this week to ratchet up the anti-refugee rhetoric in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, targeting Syrian mi(...)

It seems a real shame that three things of significance have to share the one “feast day”: men, toilets and philosophy. File photograph: Getty Images

There are 365 days in a year. So it seems a real shame that three things of significance have to share the one “feast day”: men, toilets and philosoph(...)

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump told a campaign rally in Tennessee that he would “build a big, beautiful safe zone” inside Syria where people could find refuge.  Photograph: Wade Payne/AP

More than half of America’s states are refusing to accept Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks as Republican presidential contenders propo(...)

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush serving coffee to military veterans in Johnston, Iowa, to mark Veterans Day. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

They know all about winnowing fields in Iowa, this agricultural state in America’s heartland. Many Republicans are waiting for the party’s large field(...)

Presidential candidate Donald Trump, Senator Marco Rubio and Ben Carson during the Republican Presidential Debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images 0:30

Donald Trump clashed with rivals, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Ohio governor John Kasich in the Republican Party’s fourth presidential debate (...)

US President Barack Obama flanked by vice-president Joe Biden, delivers a statement on the Keystone XL pipeline, at the White House. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

President Barack Obama has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, ending seven years of deliberations on a project that pitted the oil industry and Republ(...)

 Jeb Bush: this was going to be the year that settled sibling scores – he would get what his parents considered his birthright. Photograph: Joe Skipper/Reuters

Jeb, dragging his wilted exclamation point around, is so boring that it’s hard to focus on the epic nature of his battle. Not the battle against Donal(...)

 Jeb Bush (left) listens as senator Marco Rubio makes a point at the 2016 US Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28th, 2015. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters 1:44

Withering put-downs and sharp exchanges dominated the third Republican presidential debate as the one-time frontrunner Jeb Bush came off worst on a(...)

Republican presidential hopefuls Ben Carson and Donald Trump: a poll on Tuesday show Carson with a 26 to 22 per cent lead over Trump nationally in the race for the party’s candidacy. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

It’s first-time candidates Ben Carson and Donald Trump versus everyone else tonight, as the Republican Party has its third debate (8pm eastern time; (...)

Republican presidential hopefuls Ben Carson and Donald Trump during a party debate. Photograph: Frederic J brown/AFP/Getty Images

Ben Carson has placed first in a recent national Republican presidential primary poll, pushing Donald Trump into second place for the first time since(...)