According to Forbes, best-paid actor Robert Downey jnr earned $75 million last year while the top 25 hedge fund managers took home, on average, almost $1 billion each. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Half a century ago, a classic essay in the New Yorker titled Our Invisible Poor took on the then-prevalent myth that the United States was an affluent(...)

What’s holding back employment in the US, asks speaker of the house John Boehner. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Last week John Boehner, the speaker of the House, explained to an audience at the American Enterprise Institute what’s holding back employment in t(...)

Ronald Reagan was told by a group of economic advisers that a cut in income tax rates would raise tax revenue

Two years ago Kansas embarked on a remarkable fiscal experiment: It slashed income taxes sharply without any clear idea of what would replace the lost(...)

Karl Marx: Obamacare and climate change policy are among the initiatives branded ‘Marxist’ by US conservatives. Photograph: Henry Guttmann/Getty Images

Everywhere you look these days you see Marxism on the rise. Well, okay, maybe you don’t – but conservatives do.If you so much as mention income inequa(...)

Jenica Krall  tries her hand at a virtual shooting booth at the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference  in National Harbor, Maryland. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Velvet Cowan is wearing a tight-fitting T-shirt with pictures of two guns across her chest. “Keep your hands off of my guns,” her top says. A p(...)

Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell played up his Mayo connections in his letter to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The governor of Virginia has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny urging him to reject proposals to introduce plain cigarette packaging. In a letter(...)

A fence surrounds the US Department of Commerce in Washington  as the government shutdown continued at the weekend. Photograoh: Reuters/Mike Theiler

The US federal government is shut down, we’re about to hit the debt ceiling (with disastrous economic consequences) and no resolution is in sight. (...)

Two years after getting its start in a downtown Manhattan park, Occupy Wall Street, the populist movement protesting economic inequality, marked its s(...)

Last weekend Republican senator John Barrasso (right) claimed the  Affordable Care Act  had “proven to be unpopular, unworkable and unaffordable”. But he was wrong about everything, even the “unpopular” bit. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US senator John Barrasso of Wyoming delivered the weekly Republican address last Saturday. He ignored Syria, presumably because his party is deeply co(...)

Birr Castle’s  gardens are home to some of the rarest tree species found anywhere, including the largest grey poplar in the world. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Almost €175,000 is being allocated to Birr Castle through Failte Ireland to help the Birr Scientific and Heritage Foundation refresh existing (...)