US house speaker John Boehner (centre) after the passage of the $1.1 trillion spending bill in the House of Representatives. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The narrow passage of a budget in the US House of Representatives to keep the government open came at a price for liberal Democrats but concessions (...)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi en route to Capitol Hill, where she sais she was “enormously disappointed” with the president’s relaxation of post-crisis banking rules. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times 0:50

The US House of Representatives narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion (€887 billion) budget just hours before the government was due to shut down at midnigh(...)

Economist Jonathan Gruber: claimed Obamacare legislation passed Congress because of a ‘lack of transparency’ and ‘the stupidity of the American voter’. Photograph: Evan McGlinn/the New York Times

Loose talk – or candid views, depending on your political leaning – from an academic health economist came like manna from heaven for Republicans a(...)

Brendan Boyle, the Pennsvylania state representative, was elected to the House of Representatives on a campaign that featured his father’s working life as a cleaner on Philadelphia’s transit system. Photograph: Reuters

In a victory speech on Tuesday night after his election to the House of Representatives, Brendan Boyle thanked his Donegal-born father for his support(...)

Maryland governor Martin O’Malley: unable to ensure a continued Democratic presence in the State House in Annapolis. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Brendan Boyle will become the only member of Congress with an Irish-born parent, after being elected to the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s US (...)

US Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, the first woman to lead the agency, has resigned. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned following a number of security lapses at the White House. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnso(...)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: treatment of her in the halls of Capitol Hill shows even the highest offices in the land are not immune from sexual harassment that is common against women elsewhere in American society. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior Democratic senator from New York, sparked a flurry of watercooler chatter, talkshow outrage and online indignation in t(...)

Hillary Clinton arrives at a bookstore in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, to promote her memoir Hard Choices. The visit came while President Barack Obama was vacationing on the island. Photograph: Matthew Healey/New York Times 1:33

Hillary Rodham Clinton blew into this tiny island town like a fast-moving hurricane yesterday, creating a commotion at the Bunch of Grapes bookstor(...)

A 16-year-old in the US has pulled together data to create a free web browser plugin that shows financial contribution figures for each member of the(...)

US president Barack Obama. “In terms of policy substance Obama is having a seriously good year. In fact, there’s a very good chance that 2014 will go down in the record books as one of those years when America took a major turn in the right direction.” Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Several times in recent weeks I have found myself in conversations with liberals who shake their heads sadly and express their disappointment with Pre(...)