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(...)

Republican leaders such as Mitch McConnell tried to help their friends with the Orwellian claim that resolution authority was actually a gift to Wall Street. But Wall Street knew better. Photograph: Getty Images

Although the enemies of US health reform will never admit it, the Affordable Care Act is looking more and more like a big success. Costs are coming in(...)

Senator Elizabeth Warren: her family’s back-story of financial struggle and her attacks on Wall Street interests have drawn interest far outside her home state.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

One female Democratic politician is stirring the masses in the US and it’s not Hillary Clinton. Elizabeth Warren, the senator and former Harvard law p(...)

Brendan Boyle (right) with his brother Kevin, speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and their father, Frank, who is from Donegal.

The son of a Co Donegal emigrant was among the winners picked to lead their parties in the US midterm elections in November as primary voters in six s(...)

Senate majority leader Harry Reid: switched his vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act from yes to no. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Republicans in the US senate yesterday blocked a Democrat-supported Bill aimed at addressing a gap in pay between male and female workers. (...)

Speaker of the House John Boehner  (Rep) conceded that it was unlikely he could pass new legislation on immigration. Photograph: Getty Images

The growing political momentum towards an overhaul of America’s immigration laws has stalled again as the Republican Speaker of the House conceded tha(...)

“The president who yearned to be transformational stood beneath an oil portrait of Abraham Lincoln and demanded . . . a farm Bill.” US president Barack Obama delivers remarks on the end of the government shutdown in the state dining room of the White House. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Reed

President Barack Obama won big. So why did the moment feel so small? At his victory scold in the state dining room on Thursday, the president who year(...)

Reporters gather around US senator Ted Cruz as he announces he will not filibuster, after a Republican Senate caucus meeting at the US Capitol in Washington. Mr Cruz, the new Texas senator and the Tea Party favourite who led the charge to make healthcare reforms central to the budget talks, lashed out at all comers yesterday after the Senate compromise. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

What happened in Washington last night? US Congress passed a deal brokered by Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate yesterday on a sh(...)

Senator Ted Cruz (Republican) briefing the media following a bipartisan deal on funding the federal government and extending the US debt limit. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

After weeks of threats, filibusters and Bills designed to gut Barack Obama’s healthcare law, combined with a government shutdown and possible sovereig(...)

Religious leaders pray outside the Capitol on Wednesday, the 16th day of the government shutdown in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate struck a deal to end the 16-day US government shutdown and avert a looming historic debt default a(...)