US House Speaker John Boehner:   President Barack Obama and top lawmakers from both parties reached a tentative budget agreement that would avert a US debt default. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The White House and congressional leaders reached a two-year budget deal overnight to lift mandatory spending caps on defense and domestic programs an(...)

Under Hillary Clinton’s plan, the $250 monthly cap would limit what insurance companies could ask patients to pay for drugs that treat patients with chronic or serious medical conditions. Photograph: CBS News/Reuters

US Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday will propose a $250 (€225) monthly cap on prescription drugs to stop what she calls “exc(...)

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks outside the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle, during his campaign. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

Political scientist David Runciman has an interesting analysis of the British Labour Party’s leadership contest, and why Jeremy Corbyn, dismissed by m(...)

US president Barack Obama: why have the human consequences of economic troubles been muted? The main answer is that Puerto Rico is part of the US fiscal union. Photograph: Uri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images

On Friday the government of Puerto Rico announced it was about to miss a bond payment. It claimed that, for technical legal reasons, this wouldn’t be (...)

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has spoken recently about attempting to ‘phase out’ Medicare. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Medicare, the US federal health insurance scheme for people over 65, turns 50 this week, and it has been a good half-century. Before Medicare went int(...)

 Aetna  signage displayed outside of the company’s corporate headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg

Aetna has agreed to buy rival health insurer Humana paying about $35 billion in cash and stock for the second-largest US provider of private health pl(...)

US doctors and teaching hospitals got $6.49 billion from drug and medical-device makers in 2014, according to new government data .

US doctors and teaching hospitals got $6.49 billion from drug and medical-device makers in 2014, according to new government data on the financial lin(...)

A protester flashes a victory sign behind a Greek flag in front of the parliament building, during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has urged Greeks to reject the terms of an international aid deal in a July 5th referendum, dismissing warnings that a ‘(...)

President Barack Obama: ‘This law is now helping tens of millions of Americans.’ Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

For years, US president Barack Obama has faced the sneers of political adversaries who called his health care law Obamacare and assailed his effort to(...)

“Personality-based political analysis is always a dubious venture - in my experience, pundits are terrible judges of character.” Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

So Hillary Clinton is officially running, to nobody’s surprise. And you know what’s coming: endless attempts to psychoanalyse the candidate, endles(...)