Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell’s wife Maureen arrives with her daughter for her trial in Richmond, Virginia yesterday. Photograph: Jay Westcott/Reuters

Less than a month before her husband’s inauguration as Virginia governor, Maureen McDonnell sent an email to a senior member of his staff.“I need to (...)

US House of Representatives budget committee chairman Paul Ryan: “Poverty is a complicated problem and it needs to be customised.” Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House of Representatives budget committee chairman, Paul Ryan, has accused the Obama administration of “perpetuating poverty” with a benefits 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(...)

FC United fans during an FA Cup game against Brighton at Gigg Lane. The club will move into their own 5,000-capacity stadium in Moston, north Manchester in September. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The joy of sport was written all across Mancunian faces celebrating a vital victory in the north- east last Saturday. At St James’ Park,(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry stands beside a barricade at the Shrine of the Fallen in Kiev yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

As the crisis in Ukraine escalated over the weekend, a senior United States government official said in a briefing call on Sunday that the Whit(...)

In a letter to the editor of the ‘Wall Street Journal’ Tom Perkins lamented public criticism of the “1 per cent” – and compared such criticism to Nazi attacks on the Jews. Photograph: Getty

Rising inequality has obvious economic costs: stagnant wages despite rising productivity, rising debt that makes us more vulnerable to financial crisi(...)

Lone Star, the Dallas-based private equity firm led by John Grayken, above,  is understood to be the preferred bidder for “Portfolio 14”, a mixed bag of loans owed by over a dozen businesses. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images Lone Star, the Dallas-based private equity firm led by John Grayken, above, has bought loans associated with one of Dublin’s best-located office blocks for about €75 million. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Lone Star, the Dallas-based private equity firm led by John Grayken, is understood to be the preferred bidder for “Portfolio 14”, a mixed bag of lo(...)

Barack Obama’s administration is telling the public that everything will eventually be fixed, and urging congressional Democrats to keep their nerve. Reuters/Larry Downing

It goes without saying that the rollout of Obamacare was an epic disaster. But what kind of disaster was it? Was it a failure of management, messing u(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden listens to secretary of state Hillary Clinton at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington in February 2010. According to Double Down by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, President Barack Obama’s top aides secretly considered replacing Biden with Clinton on the 2012 ticket in late 2011, when Mr. Obama’s re-election outlook appeared uncertain. Photograph: Luke Sharrett/The New York Times

There is a hilarious episode in a new tell-all book about the 2012 presidential election, a tome that has buzzed Washington this past week, that shows(...)

A fence surrounds the US Department of Commerce in Washington  as the government shutdown continued at the weekend. Photograoh: Reuters/Mike Theiler

The US federal government is shut down, we’re about to hit the debt ceiling (with disastrous economic consequences) and no resolution is in sight. (...)