Republican presidential candidate John Kasich  in the spin room after the Republican candidates’ debate in New Hampshire. Photograph: Reuters/Rick Wilking

Some New Hampshirites have stopped answering their phones. The calls come several times a day from pollsters asking how they will vote in Tuesday’s “f(...)

 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaking in Laconia, New Hampshire. When campaigning in the state on Tuesday, a struggling Bush urged his audience to “please clap”.  Photograph: Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images

There’s an old saying in politics: the higher the tree the monkey climbs, the more you see of its private parts (and variations thereof). The various(...)

In a series of complaints on his Twitter account, Donald Trump said: “Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it”. Cruz’s team hit back by telling Trump to seek help for addiction to the social media site. Photograph:  Scott Eisen/Bloomberg

Campaigning for the Republican nomination at the US presidential election took a nasty turn on Wednesday with billionaire businessman Donald Trump ac(...)

Last week, Galloway said that, “Defeat in this case would have been financially ruinous to me which is of course what the corporations count on in such cases. They have limitless resources not least because they pay almost no taxes.” Photograph: Eric Luke.

George Galloway’s legal victory in Belfast last week is a welcome if limited check on the power of multinational internet businesses such as Google. T(...)

Billionaire Donald Trump lost to Texas senator Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses, while Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were locked in a virtual tie after a hard-fought battle. Photograph: Composite/Bloomberg/AFP

Billionaire Donald Trump lost to Texas senator Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses, while Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were locked in a virtual tie af(...)

A young supporter wears campaign stickers on her face as Democratic presidential candidate  Hillary Clinton speaks during a ‘get out to caucus’ event at Washington High School on January 30th in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Iowa caucuses: how they work
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  • February 1, 2016, 11:51

The battle for the US presidency shifts into a new gear with the start of states’ caucuses and primary elections in February 2016, beginning with the (...)

 Renua leader Lucinda Creighton. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Labour’s guide for canvassers outlines “five reasons to fear Sinn Féin in government” and claims Lucinda Creighton’s Renua party is “to the right of D(...)

The idea that  Trump could carry Republican hopes and lead the party of Abraham Lincoln into November’s election  is now a very real prospect. If he wins in the Iowa caucuses next Monday, it could be difficult to stop him. REUTERS/Scott Morgan

Cast your mind back seven months to that moment Donald Trump descended that escalator at Trump Tower into the presidential race to the strains of Neil(...)

Presidential candidate Donald Trump claims Megyn Kelly unfairly questioned him in the first Republican debate. Photograph: Reuters

Businessman Donald Trump’s row with Fox News that boiled over this week leading to his decision to skip the television network’s debate last night has(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Republican ideologues complain, is not a true conservative; indeed, he is a populist. Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/Reuters

Losers have votes, too. That is what democracy means – and rightly so. If they feel sufficiently cheated and humiliated, they will vote for Donald Tru(...)