House majority leader Kevin McCarthy and his wife Judy walk out of the caucus room after he announced  he will not be a candidate for Speaker of the House. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Chaos descended on the US Capitol yesterday after Republican Kevin McCarthy, in a shock move, withdrew his name in the race to become the next Speaker(...)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary  Clinton  appears to be behaving like she might have something to lose in her race to win the Democratic nomination. Photograph: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Hillary Clinton is approaching her presidential campaign with a new abandon. She is showing a more human side by lampooning Republicans on comedy TV a(...)

A candlelight vigil at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg: children as young as nine can enrol in youth hunting programmes in the town. Photograph: Steve Dipaola/Reuters.

As the media descended on the site of the latest US mass shooting, residents of the small town of Roseburg, Oregon, were struggling to make sense of t(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan (left), on a visit to Washington, has welcomed plans by Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (right) of Wisconsin to table legislation for E3 visas for “a limited period of time for Irish people”. Photograph: Marty Katz

A Republican congressman intends to introduce a Bill that, if passed, would allow thousands of Irish to apply for new “E3” visas to live and work in t(...)

House speaker John Boehner  announces his resignation: he decided to act following the “awesome sight” of the pope’s historic address to congress. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The Republican speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner surprised colleagues and the wider political establishment in Washington by annou(...)

Loretta Brennan Glucksman ‘has shown herself to be a proud Irish-American, giving back so generously to the land of her ancestors’, Mr Deenihan said.

Irish-American philanthropist Loretta Brennan Glucksman has been awarded the Tipp O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award for her “outstanding contribution to th(...)

John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, will resign as speaker of the House  of Representatives next month. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, who has struggled with repeated rebellions from the more conservative wing of his Republican Party, (...)

Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the US Congress in the House Chamber of the US Capitol on Thursday in Washington, DC.  Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Pope Francis, in the first address by a pontiff to a joint meeting of the US Congress, urged American lawmakers to embrace new immigrants, tackle clim(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden: “Can I do it, can my family? There is no way to put a timetable on that.” Photograph: Getty Images

Vice-president Joe Biden has made his most revealing comments on whether he will mount a third presidential bid, saying the decision rests on whether (...)

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, who has said he will oppose the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US president Barack Obama’s hopes of preserving the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers have been dealt a setback with the announcement by C(...)