US house speaker John Boehner: When asked whether he would advance a debt limit Bill before resigning from Congress on October 30th, he said: “We’ll have to see. There are a number of issues that we’re going to try to deal with over the coming month.” Photograph: Jonathan Ernst

John Boehner stands smiling in front of the mirror in the bathroom of his English basement apartment on G Street on Capitol Hill. He breaks into song (...)

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has spoken recently about attempting to ‘phase out’ Medicare. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Medicare, the US federal health insurance scheme for people over 65, turns 50 this week, and it has been a good half-century. Before Medicare went int(...)

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson celebrates during the  All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford 2-21 Dublin 1-19 Don’t look now. The Déise are coming with increasingly convincing arguments that this may be the group to bridge the chasm (...)

Dublin’s Liam Rushe. Dublin will target Waterford in the physical stakes. Rushe, Chris Crummy, Conal Keaney, Danny Sutcliffe and Mark Schutte are all big, powerful men. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Waterford were having a superb year, arriving into a Munster final on a high, until all of a sudden they were beaten twice in three days. They (...)

Michael Walsh: Dublin need to limit the ball going through him and Waterford’s other senior man Kevin Moran. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

This is the litmus test for Waterford. A defeat here would not cancel out the worth of their unexpected league triumph or the advances they made in(...)

Galway talisman Joe Canning now has a number of potentially dangerous forwards at his side. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Have the wheels fallen off the Waterford juggernaut ? On the most up to date evidence it certainly seems that they are more than a little loose. Jugg(...)

Waterford’s Stephen Bennett is tackled by Tipperary’s Cathal Barrett during the Munster hurling final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Both Tipperary and Waterford can take something from this but, importantly, they have room to improve before the All-Ireland series and will need t(...)

Johnny McCaffrey celebrates at the final whistle after Dublin’s one-point win over Limerick in the round two qualifier at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 1-17 Limerick 1-16 Two mysteries here to test the sleuthing skills of the multitudes gathered in Thurles on Saturday night. One, how Du(...)

Ireland team members return to Dublin Airport from the European Games in Baku. Medal winners (from left); Seán McComb, Joshua Magee, Michael O’Reilly, Katie Taylor, Sam Magee, Brendan Irvine and Chloe Magee. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland’s medallists from the inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan met with a raucous reception as they returned to Dublin Airport on Monday. An exp(...)

Liam Rushe can’t keep fighting fires for Dublin all over the park. Photo: Cathal Noone/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin: Dublin’s hurlers look in disarray Worse almost than the fact that the replay against Galway was gone from their grasp inside the ope(...)