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 (...)

 Donald Trump  announces his candidacy for the US presidency at Trump Tower  in New York City. Mr Trump is the 12th Republican who has announced running for the White House. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

Canadian rock veteran Neil Young has continued a American tradition of recording artists asking Republican candidates to stop playing their music afte(...)

Hillary Clinton, former US secretary of state,  formally began her campaign for president on Saturday, and surprised most observers with an unapologetically liberal and populist speech Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

On Friday, Democrats in the United States House of Representatives shocked almost everyone by rejecting key provisions needed to complete the trans-Pa(...)

World-renowned economist Dr Arthur Laffer speaking at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin: “Ireland has an opportunity to really lead the world in economic growth and prosperity.” Photograph:  Shane O’Neill/Fennell

Ireland is a paragon of economic virtue when it comes to corporation tax but certifiably “crazy” as far as income tax goes, according to US economist (...)

Conor Pope takes off from Dublin to land in . . . Dublin as he tries to understand what makes people scared of flying

‘Now might be a good time to clench your buttocks or your fists,” Captain Steve Allright announces over the plane’s PA as the most frightened flight t(...)