Children from 21 countries wear Halloween costumes as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance after becoming American citizens during a naturaliSation ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland on October 31st. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Republicans are preparing a response to Barack Obama’s plans to change the immigration system. The aim to block the president’s go-solo actions, whic(...)

Senator Mary Landrieu. Her efforts to curry favour with voters in oil-rich Louisianastate were undermined by Republicans. Photograph: Reuters/Joshua Roberts

Political self-preservation focuses the mind, and there was no better recent example of this than Democrat Mary Landrieu who, in her fight for politic(...)

Wake up and smell the bourbon: President Obama talks to journalists at the White House the day after the midterms. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

On January 3rd, 2008, Barack Obama scored a surprise victory, coming from behind to win the Iowa caucus in the race to become the Democratic presid(...)

Senator Joni Ernst: backed by the party establishment as a candidate for the election. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

US president Barack Obama and the newly victorious Republican leadership in Congress have both pledged ahead of their lunch at the White House today (...)

Mitch McConnell with his wife, former US secretary of labour Elaine Chao, at his midterm election night rally in Louisville, Kentucky, on Tuesday. Photograph: John Sommers II/Reuters

United States senator Mitch McConnell has been waiting for this moment for a long time. The Kentucky Republican is poised to become the next majority (...)

President Barack Obama answering questions in the White House yesterday. He said he is “eager to work with the new Congress to make the next two years as productive as possible”. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

President Barack Obama said Republicans “had a good night” in Tuesday’s midterm elections but attributed the party’s sweeping wins to the public’s di(...)

Republican Bruce Rauner gives a thumbs-up after winning the midterm elections in Chicago, Illinois, November 4th, 2014. Photograph; Jim Young/Reuters

If you landed from space this week you might think the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, encased in a new grey cocoon of scaffolding erected to(...)

The sight of Democratic spin doctors ahead of the US midterms preparing their troops for defeat by desperately distancing themselves from President Ob(...)

“Just because we have a two-party system doesn’t mean we have to be in perpetual conflict,” Mitch McConnell, the presumptive new Senate majority leader, said in his victory speech last night. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg.

In the end, there was no Republican wave. Indeed, it was barely a ripple. The Republicans won the US midterms, there’s no denying that, but the(...)

US president Barack Obama meets his national security and public health teams in the Roosevelt Room at the White House yesterday. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

1. The voters are mad as hell...but Republicans are less crazy than before. Tuesday’s heavy losses by Democrats in the Senate, the House and governors(...)