New York immigrant families gather in Manhattan to reject a court order freezing President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms. Photograph: Mariano Andrade/AFP/Getty Images

The Obama administration will by Monday ask an appeals court for a temporary ruling lifting a Texas judge’s order halting the president’s orders to pr(...)

Bryan Stevenson, who founded and runs the Equal Justice Initiative, outside the former courthouse where the 1910 lynching of Allen Brooks, a black man, began in Dallas. Photograph: Brandon Thibodeaux/New York Times

In February 1919, Pte William Little, an African-American veteran of the first World War, returned to his hometown of Blakely, Georgia, in the America(...)

 Illinois  Republican congressman Aaron Schock: all-red office based on room in ‘Downton Abbey’. Photograph: Kris Connor/Getty Images

The corridors and coffee docks of Capitol Hill were abuzz this week with talk of excessive spending. No, it wasn’t the $4 trillion (€3.5 trillion) (...)

Activists protest near the Manhattan apartment of billionaire and Republican financier David Koch last June in New York City. The demonstrators were protesting against the campaign contributions by the billionaire Koch brothers. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

With just 646 days to go, the 2016 US presidential race is already starting up and the ring is packed with various Republicans vying to prove who is t(...)

Hosts Chris Pine and Academy president Cheryl Boone announce ‘American Sniper’ as one of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The success of Clint Eastwood’s new movie American Sniper at the US box office has reignited the political debate about the Iraq War. The discussion i(...)

 In the first State of the Union address after the September 2001 attacks on the US, President George W  Bush branded Iraq, Iran and North Korea as “an axis of evil”, adding that “by seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger”. These words later haunted Republicans after Bush was found to have invaded Iraq on a false premise. File photograph:  Win McNamee/Reuters 2:12

The annual State of the Union speech to the joint session of Congress gives the US president an opportunity to underscore past policy achievements and(...)

From left: Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott look on as Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King III, shakes hands with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

When Martin Luther King dreamt, he wished for a world of equality where the content of one’s character would trump the colour of one’s skin. An ugly s(...)

Sean Dunne about to enter   Federal Court   in New Haven, Connecticut, US, in  February of last year. File photograph: Steve Miller/The Irish Times

Embattled property developer Sean Dunne and his wife are facing a fresh legal onslaught in the US as US court officials and Irish State officials have(...)

Affable US vice-president Joe Biden sweet-talked wives, cooed at children and kissed daughters. “I like kids better than people,” he was heard to say. Photograph: Reuters

Joe Biden has a mouth that can sometimes land him in hot water, but the jocular US vice-president came into his own at the Senate ceremonial swearing-(...)

David Drumm faces financial ruin. However, given the judge’s findings, he has only himself to blame for failing – as the former banker himself described the US bankruptcy process – to “get naked in public” by disclosing everything about his finances to the court. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It wasn’t the decision by a US bankruptcy judge to leave former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm on the hook for €10.5 million in debts th(...)