“When it comes to ensuring that Americans have access to healthcare, the message of the data is simple: yes, we can.”

So, what do you think about those Medicare numbers? What, you haven’t heard about them? Well, they haven’t been front-page news. But something remarka(...)

US President Barack Obama appointed a special, bipartisan commission to propose solutions to the alleged crisis, and spent much of his first term trying to negotiate a Grand Bargain on the budget with Republicans. Photograph: Bloomberg

For much of the past five years readers of political and economic news were left in little doubt that budget deficits and rising debt were the most i(...)

Paul Ryan, chairman of the House budget committee and the GOP’s de facto intellectual leader, is an expert at sounding like he knows what he’s talking about. Photograph: Reuters

So it’s comical, in a way, to see Ryan trying to explain away some recent remarks in which he attributed persistent poverty to a “cultur(...)

Republican David Jolly narrowly beat  his Democrat rival  to take the House of Representatives seat in Florida. Photograph: Brian Blanco/Reuters

The Democrats have lost an election in a swing congressional district in Florida that Barack Obama won twice in in presidential elections, in w(...)

John Dingell with his wife, Deborah. “I find serving in the House to be obnoxious,” he told his local newspaper. “It’s become very hard because of the acrimony and bitterness, both in Congress and in the streets.” Photograph: Reuters/Rebecca Cook

John Dingell, the 87-year- old US politician, joked on Monday that at his age he doesn’t buy green bananas – he’s unsure whether he will be aro(...)

US House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, has said that “the middle class was being squeezed in this economy” and that the budget office report showed that Obamacare was “making it worse”. Photograph: Pete Marovich/ Bloomberg

Republican opponents of US president Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law have seized on an independent report that shows it would encourage Americ(...)

We have yet to see whether US president Barack Obama’s declaration that inequality is “the defining challenge of our age” will translate into policy changes. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Rising inequality isn’t a new concern. Oliver Stone’s movie Wall Street, with its portrayal of a rising plutocracy insisting that greed is good, was r(...)

The deal for Iran to limit its nuclear programme lifted airline stocks as investors decided they are likely to benefit from falling oil prices

European stocks advanced, after posting their first weekly loss since October, as Iran agreed to limit its nuclear programme, lifting airline stocks, (...)

US president Barack Obama has tried to ease the biggest crisis of his presidency, acknowledging missteps with his signature healthcare law. Photograph:  Michael Francis McElroy/Getty Images.

US president Barack Obama has tried to ease the biggest crisis of his presidency, acknowledging missteps with his signature healthcare law and announc(...)

The Healthcare.gov website’s early days have been plagued with problems. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The good news about HealthCare.gov, the portal to Obamacare’s health exchange, is that the administration is no longer minimising its problems. That’s(...)