A Democratic Party supporter in Louisville takes down a sign supporting Jack Conway, the defeated candidate in the Kentucky governorship election. Photograph: Philip Scott Andrew/The New York Times

A California state politician, a Democrat from the San Francisco Bay area, wants a Bill passed that would allow people to take selfies while castin(...)

Former US senator Fred Thompson. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images 1:01

Fred D Thompson, a former US senator, actor and Republican presidential candidate, died on Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 73. The cause was a(...)

 US president Barack Obama announcing a  plan  to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from  coal-burning power plants. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Obama administration has vowed to override states that refuse to accept its new climate goals by mandating how they should achieve emissions cuts,(...)

 President Barack Obama:    far more energised than a couple years ago when  he acted as though he would like to quit, if it was a job you could stride away from. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

In the midst of Iran mania, the president got tossed a question about Bill Cosby. Would he revoke the presidential Medal of Freedom given to a comedia(...)

The US authorities have moved partially to undo the broad surveillance powers acquired in the wake of the 9/11 attack 14 years ago. The passage throug(...)

The US government’s bulk collection program was first revealed by documents obtained by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden

The US Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would end the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records, the most significant surveillance r(...)

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell: wanted the Patriot Act’s bulk collection to be extended for another five years Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

So what spying powers has the US lost? The National Security Agency’s legal authority to collect the phone records of millions of Americans, part of t(...)

Interviews with US law enforcement and intelligence officials  suggest there are multiple workarounds to a gap in intelligence that has opened up  due to a lapse in US counterterrorism laws. File photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters 1:10

For the first time since the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, Americans will again be free to place phone calls to friends,(...)

The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland. Key provisions of the US Patriot Act expired early on Monday after the Senate failed to prevent their lapse, plunging US national security efforts into potential disarray as the country faces persistent extremist threats. Photograph: AFP 1:10

The US government’s authority to collect telephone records in bulk under legislation introduced after the September 11th, 2001 attacks lapsed at midni(...)

President Barack Obama, who wants congress to pass the USA Freedom Act on Sunday.

President Barack Obama has made a plea to Congress to pass a bill that limits some NSA surveillance powers, saying it would be “irresponsible” and “re(...)