Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio waves to supporters. Photograph:  Dave Kaup/Reuters

Donald Trump is a loser. He won’t like being called that but he is, missing out in Iowa’s caucuses, the crucial first vote in the Republican president(...)

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(...)

Hillary Clinton,  2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during a Democratic Town Hall event in Des Moines in Iowa  on Monday. Photograph: Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton denounced another US company for relocating to Ireland through a “corporate inversion,” calling t(...)

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin endorses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally at the Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP

A recurring theme among some Republicans in Iowa, the first state to pick presidential nominees in 11 days’ time, is that they are unsure about the pa(...)

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump looks on as former Alaska governor Sarah Palin endorses him in Iowa on Tuesday. Photograph: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times

Former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin delivered a boisterous and at times bewildering speech as she publicly endorsed the party’s p(...)

The San Bernadino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook pictured in his Californian  driver’s licence.  The shooting  rampage by Farook and his wife  Tashfeen Malik   left 14 dead. Photograph: California Department of Motor Vehicles/Handout/Reuters

It happens all too often and the response – and lack of any follow-up action to prevent it happening again – is all too familiar. It is easy to list o(...)

“Jihad is an egalitarian, equal-opportunity employer: fraternal, fast-breaking, glorious, cool – and persuasive” REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (Gaza)

It’s “the first of the storm”, says Islamic State. And little wonder. For the chaotic scenes on the streets of Paris and the fearful reaction those at(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: the billionaire said he is self-financing his campaign but still yielded $3.8 million from 74,000 donors. Photograph:  Jay Paul/Reuters

It says something about the topsy-turviness of the Republican presidential race that TV star and frontrunner Donald Trump spent more on his “Make Amer(...)

Liberal judges have dissented from conservative majority decisions with language that was equally vehement and that also questioned the majority’s sincerity

The Irish and US Constitutions both recognise a right to same sex marriage. While the Irish decision was a result of over a million “yes” votes, the U(...)

Carly Fiorina, former chairman and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard, who is the only woman seeking the Republican presidential nomination.  Photograp: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

This week, Donald Trump said listening to Carly Fiorina, the only woman competing for the Republican presidential nomination, gave him “a massive head(...)