Talking politics: Hillary Clinton rallies support for Alison Lundergan Grimes at the flashiest recent campaign event she has appeared at. Photographs: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Around the corner from Whiskey Row, the bricked-up, block-long stretch that was once home to Louisville’s bourbon industry in Kentucky, the Hillbilly (...)

US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley speaking with Missouri senator Claire McCaskill at confirmation hearing before the Senate foreign relations committee in July.

The American Ireland Fund, the influential philanthropic group, sent a strongly worded letter of frustration to the Democratic and Republican leaders (...)

Too close for comfort: Kay Hagan’s opponents have used her kiss from Barack Obama last week against her. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty
Obama: kiss of death?

High on a shelf above a counter in the Raleigh Times Bar is an empty pint glass, sitting encased in front of a US presidential seal. This is the glass(...)

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(...)