American aid worker Alan Gross, a former Cuban prisoner released on humanitarian grounds, speaks at a news conference with his wife Judy Gross in Washington DC yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Barack Obama said the US has chosen to “cut loose the shackles of the past” by normalising relations with Cuba and re-opening economic ties(...)

The US Congress approved an annual defense policy bill on Friday that has been sent to President Barack Obama to sign into law.

The US Congress approved an annual defense policy bill on Friday that authorizes American training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State (...)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi en route to Capitol Hill, where she sais she was “enormously disappointed” with the president’s relaxation of post-crisis banking rules. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times 0:50

The US House of Representatives narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion (€887 billion) budget just hours before the government was due to shut down at midnigh(...)

President Barack Obama. “We tortured some folks,” he said at a White House news conference in August in his most explicit comments about the practices of his predecessor’s administration

The US government and embassies are bracing for a backlash as some of the darker practices in the so-called “war on terror” look set to be cast into a(...)

The ambitious governor of New Jersey Chris Christie: labelled the ban on pig gestation crates a “solution in search of a problem”. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Amid the recent uproar over white cops escaping criminal charges for killing black men on the job, you may have missed two of the stranger political s(...)

A resident signs up for a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act. The computer glitches that have plagued the roll out of the act – better known as Obamacare – have not gone away. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The next wave of enrolments to President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare scheme, so despised by Republicans, began this month, but his administrat(...)

Protesters gather outside Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, where US President Barack Obama was scheduled to deliver a speech  on his use of executive authority to relax US immigration policy on Friday night . Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

US president Barack Obama referred to the number of illegal Irish immigrants in his hometown of Chicago during a high- profile speech kicking off h(...)

Brianna Montalvo (5) holds a sign thanking US President Barack Obama during a rally outside the White House in Washington. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The New York Times
Q&A: Who is Obama helping?

So what actions did Obama take on immigration on Thursday? He announced executive orders allowing up to five million illegal immigrants to remain in t(...)

US president Barack Obama announces executive actions on US immigration policy during a televised address from the White House on 20 November 2014. Photograph: EPA/JIM BOURG/POOL

US president Barack Obama’s announcement of immigration changes that will protect nearly five million people living in the US illegally from deportati(...)

 Signs made by attendees hang at the offices of 32BJ SEIU, a workers’ union, during a viewing party for US President Barack Obama’s speech on evecutive action immigration policy reform last night in New York City. Photograph: Kevin Hagen/Getty Images

What did President Obama announce about immigration last night?In a televised address from the White House, Mr Obama announced a series of executive o(...)