Republican presidential candidates  Jeb Bush, senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump  at the CBS debate in the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Republican White House hopefuls have called for US president Barack Obama to step aside and allow his successor to nominate the next Supreme Court jus(...)

 US supreme court justice Antonin Scalia, who  died on Saturday at the age of 79. Scalia was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and became a villain to liberals and a hero to conservatives. Photograph: Gavin Averill/The Hattiesburg American via AP

The death on Saturday of Conservative US supreme court justice Antonin Scalia, one of the most politically influential American judges of his generati(...)

 US Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia speaking at the Economics Club of New York earlier this month. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Conservative US supreme court justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican(...)

A group of hedge funds, convinced they have found the next Big Short, are looking to bet against bonds backed by subprime auto loans.

A group of hedge funds, convinced they have found the next Big Short, are looking to bet against bonds backed by subprime auto loans. Money managers(...)

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders smiles as he waves to the crowd at his 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary victory rally in Concord, New Hampshire February 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

It is a measure of the radical mood of America that virtually every presidential candidate who has so far come to the fore present themselves as an op(...)

Lawmakers said they wanted to make Washington’s resolve clear not just to Pyongyang, but to the United Nations and other governments

The US Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to toughen sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program, human rights record and cyber activities, a(...)

Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. Photographs: Reuters

Billionaire Donald Trump and socialist Bernie Sanders won their New Hampshire primary elections, the second contest in the US presidential race, in vi(...)

Presidential candidate Donald Trump  claimed Ted Cruz “stole” the Republican caucuses and accused him of “fraud”. Photograph: Charles Krupa/AP Photo

Billionaire Donald Trump, smarting from his second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, the country’s first presidential nominating contest, has escala(...)

Democratic frontunner Hillary Clinton’s voting precinct leaders check final counts before her victory  by five delegates to Bernie Sanders’s four, in Simpson Barn, Johnston, a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa. Photograph: Simon Carswell

“Come on over here, I’ll give you some ice cream,” says a Martin O’Malley supporter, trying to encourage a Bernie Sanders man to defect to the long-sh(...)

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(...)