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(...)

New Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with his predecessor John Boehner: at 45, Mr Ryan is the youngest Speaker in 140 years. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan joked on Sunday that his first job as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives was to rid the smell of smoke fro(...)

Paul Ryan said he was willing to shape the Republican Party into a “proposition party”, shifting away from the opposition and internal strife that has hurt the party in recent years. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The 2012 Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan has given divided Republicans until tomorrow to decide whether they will unite behind him as(...)

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush participate in the first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland on Sunday. Bush has chosen to attack Trump as a false conservative. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

So Jeb Bush is finally going after Donald Trump. Over the past couple of weeks the man who was supposed to be the frontrunner has made a series of att(...)

US  presidential candidate Donald Trump at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York on Monday, where he appeared for jurty duty. Trump’s  hard line on immigration has driven rivals to match his biting anti-immigrant language. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Republicans thought they had learned a lesson after 2012: Turning off Latino voters ensures defeat in the general election. But as the disruptive US p(...)

US presidential candidate Donald Trump waves from his car  in Laredo, Texas, on July 23rd, where he had difficulty summoning details when pressed on how he would fix the immigration system. Photoghraph: Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times

The most pressing question that Donald J Trump could face next week in the first debate of the US 2016 presidential race may not be about Iran or immi(...)

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks during a town hall campaign stop  in Hudson, New Hampshire. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Americans work longer hours than their counterparts in just about every other wealthy country; we are known, among those who study such things, as the(...)

CRH attributed an enterprise value of about £414 million to UK brick maker Ibstock. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A UK brick company sold by CRH six months ago in a £414 million (€578 million) deal is being prepared for a flotation with a highly ambitious valua(...)

A woman mourns at the memorial site outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Photograph: John Taggart, EPA

A historic black church in Charleston will hold its first service since nine members of its congregation were shot dead during a Bible study session. (...)

 Donald Trump  announces his candidacy for the US presidency at Trump Tower  in New York City. Mr Trump is the 12th Republican who has announced running for the White House. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

Canadian rock veteran Neil Young has continued a American tradition of recording artists asking Republican candidates to stop playing their music afte(...)