US senator Marco Rubio has announced that he is to seek the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election.  Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US senator Marco Rubio of Florida told top donors that he will run for the White House because he is “uniquely qualified” to represent the Republican (...)

Hillary Clinton announced her campaign for the US presidency in a video posted to hillaryclinton.com.   Photograph: Hillary For America via AP

Hillary Rodham Clinton has officially launched her second attempt to become the first female US president, firing the starting gun on the 2016 pres(...)

Hillary Clinton: I’m getting ready to do something too . . . I’m running for president. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg 0:52

Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday officially launched another attempt to become the first female president, ending years of speculation and firing the (...)

Former first lady Hillary Clinton is viewed as the Democrats’ best bet of retaining the White House. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Hillary Clinton will end months of speculation on Sunday when she announces she is running to become the first female president of the United States,(...)

Badge of honour: Hillary Clinton’s supporters are hoping she’ll become the first woman president of the United States. Photograph: Daniel Acker/New York Times

There is an Indonesian pancake called a martabak. To make it properly requires heat at the top and heat at the bottom. “For anything to succeed today (...)

Rand Paul greets supporters after speaking at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, yesterday. Photograph: William DeShazer/New York Times

Republican Rand Paul, the libertarian conservative senator, has declared a plan to “take America back” from an unpopular Washington establishment in a(...)

 Conservative US Senator Rand Paul announced Tuesday he is running for the Republican Party’s nomination for the 2016 presidential race. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images.

US Sen Rand Paul declared himself a candidate for the Republican nomination for president on Tuesday, aiming to upset the political order in Washingto(...)

Hillary Clinton:  responded positively but cautiously to the framework deal.  Describing the tentative agreement as “an important step” in preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, she said: “The devil is always in the details in this kind of negotiation. The onus is on Iran and the bar must be set high.” Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

Likely Republican challengers for the US presidency in 2016 voiced strong opposition to the outline of a nuclear deal with Iran, rejecting any deal (...)

Indiana senate president David Long (left) and house speaker Brian Bosma during a press conference at the Capitol in Indianapolis. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Getty Images

Republicans stepped back from Indiana’s “religious freedom” law as state lawmakers moved to change the legislation amid uproar that the anti-gay stat(...)

Jenna Morris trims Nick Bonora’s hair at Bernadette’s Barbershop in  Lafayette, Indiana.  The store is one of several that display a sticker stating: “This business serves everyone.” Photograph: Nate Chute/Reuters

The national uproar over new religious freedom state laws has shown how the conflict between defenders of religious liberty and opponents of discri(...)