US president Barack Obama’s task of selling a potential nuclear agreement with Iran to a sceptical Congress got far harder on Tuesday after an impassi(...)

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu: Characterised a deal with Tehran as the antithesis to a farewell to arms. It would, he told Congress, “be a farewell to arms control”. Photograph: Bloomberg 1:35

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s fighting speech to a joint session of the US Congress felt at times like a presidential state of the union(...)

Binyamin Netanyahu: the White House is upset about his address to Congress coming two weeks before Israeli elections and the fact he is expected to be critical of US policy on Iran. Photograph: Baz Ratnerbaz/AFP/Getty

An Israeli minister has suggested prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu was misled into thinking an invitation to address the US Congress next month was b(...)

Marissa Mayer: “Yahoo’s Geek Goddess” as ‘Vanity Fair’ has called her.  Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

To the list of books about transformative technology companies and their visionary leaders we can now add one about Silicon Valley’s wayward soul and (...)

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(...)