‘Over the last 15 years, I have gained a black belt in the art of Pretending I’ve Seen The West Wing.’ Martin Sheen as President Bartlett. Photograph: Warner Bros/Getty Images

The West Wing was dreadful. Among cultural entities that sensible people recommend that TV show might just be the most irredeemable. Yes, I really am (...)

Foreign currency exchange booth in Hong Kong:  the surprise devaluation of the Chinese yuan this week unsettled global financial markets. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

The last few weeks, with heavy Chinese government intervention in the stock market and now in the currency markets, have offered a lesson in how th(...)

Jeb Bush at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Photograph: Monica Almeida/The New York Times

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has attacked Democrat Hillary Clinton for her handling of Iraq as secretary of state, saying she must share(...)

 US president Barack Obama: his signature healthcare policy was mentioned nine times during  last week’s prime-time Republican debate. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

What did the men who would be president talk about during last week’s prime-time Republican debate? Well, there were 19 references to God, while the e(...)

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(...)

Political pugilists: William F Buckey and Gore Vidal during one of the 1968 TV debates.

Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon’s documentary on a famous rivalry may not be the best film of the year, but punditry fanatics will find it among t(...)

Former US president George HW Bush was transported to hospital on Wednesday. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

Former US president George HW Bush suffered a neck fracture in a fall at his home in Maine on Wednesday, though he was listed in stable condition and (...)

The Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar. “Their ambition is that we should raise the minimum industrial wage and then put everyone on it.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has delivered a scathing attack on Sinn Féin “hypocrisy” for accepting donations from the US when it “doesn’t believe(...)

 Pooja Mandagere (left) and Natalie Thompson celebrate  outside the US Supreme Court following the announcement of the ruling  that the constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.  Photograph: Doug Mills/the New York Times

US president Barack Obama hailed a Supreme Court ruling legalising same-sex marriage across the country as a “victory for America.” The ruling mean(...)

Charles Wooton  and Keith Newport, both from Atlanta, Georgia, show their wedding rings outside the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village, New York. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

The US Supreme Court has legalised same-sex marriage nationwide, finding that the Constitution’s guarantees of due process and equal protection under (...)