Ted Cruz: trying to stop Donald Trump getting the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination in July. Photograph: Brendan Bannon/The New York Times

Republican US presidential hopeful Ted Cruz won all 14 delegates at stake on Saturday in Wyoming. Mr Cruz is trying to prevent Mr Trump from obtaini(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: “The most enjoyable thing about the Trump phenomenon has been watching him make monkeys out of a lot of people who had it coming.”   Photograph: Robert F Bukaty/AP

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Winners take it all: Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell and Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan were both elected in Dublin Bay South. Photograph: Eric Luke

Just as Kevin Humphreys was adjusting to the loss of his seat, the former Labour minister tweeted a photograph of a cute dog, perched on the shoreline(...)

US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on stage during a primary night rally in Concord, New Hampshire. Photograph: Getty Images

There’s a masterly, nakedly honest quote that is not wheeled out often enough. It should be, particularly during the topsy-turvy, down-the-rabbit-hole(...)

Ballot Paper. More women than ever will be on ballot papers as a result of gender quotas. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A letter from a group of feminists appeared in US periodical the Nation in February 2008. The feminists had gathered for coffee and cakes and other fe(...)

Sarah Palin and Donald Trump: “When Palin turned out to be utterly unqualified and unintelligible, spouting her own special Yoda-like language, it did not reflect poorly on women as a whole – only on her and John McCain.” Photograph: Cassi Alexandra/Bloomberg

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Head in hands stuff as Palin re-emerges to “stump for Trump”. Photograph: AP Photo

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Sarah Palin: Her son Track Palin (26) was arrested on Monday night near Anchorage in the family’s home state of Alaska and charged with domestic violence and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. Photograph: Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters

Republican Sarah Palin has been criticised for suggesting that the arrest of her Iraqi war veteran son was due to his post-traumatic stress disorder (...)

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as she endorsed him for president at a rally at Iowa State University on Tuesday. “He is from the private sector, not a politician. Can I get a ‘Hallelujah!’”  Photograph: Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters

Sarah Palin’s meandering, fiery, sarcastic, patriotic and blustery speech endorsing Donald Trump for president Tuesday in Ames, Iowa, does not easily (...)

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin endorses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally at the Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP

A recurring theme among some Republicans in Iowa, the first state to pick presidential nominees in 11 days’ time, is that they are unsure about the pa(...)