Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell’s wife Maureen arrives with her daughter for her trial in Richmond, Virginia yesterday. Photograph: Jay Westcott/Reuters

Less than a month before her husband’s inauguration as Virginia governor, Maureen McDonnell sent an email to a senior member of his staff.“I need to (...)

Chris Christie, alongside his family, addressing his supporters at an election night party in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

The results of the 2013 off-year US elections are likely to set the parameters for the internal debate among Republicans as the party heads into next (...)

New York City Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio greets commuters while riding the R train from the Bay Bridge neighborhood of Brooklyn on his way to a campaign stop, in New York.

The election of two state governors in the US today may raise some telling pointers for the 2016 presidential race, Meanwhile, a Democrat will likely (...)

Lawmakers in Washington after voting to guarantee that federal workers will receive back pay once the government reopens after its shutdown. Public opinion is likely to turn further against Republicans as the full impact of the interruption to many federal services is felt. Photograph: Drew Angerer/The New York Times

Last weekend was unseasonably warm in Washington, with temperatures above 30 degrees, but sweaty tourists on the National Mall seeking a respite from (...)

“Clintonworld is a galaxy where personal enrichment and political advancement blend seamlessly, and where a cast of jarringly familiar characters pads its pockets every which way to Sunday.” Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Clinton nostalgia is being replaced by Clinton neuralgia.Why is it that America’s roil family always seems better in abstract than in concrete? The cl(...)