Cody Keenan, speech writer for former US president Barack Obama.Photograph: Mary Browne

As Barack Obama’s head speechwriter, Cody Keenan was involved in drafting the now-infamous public skewering of Trump back in 2011, a humiliation some (...)

A Europe-wide basic income ‘would provide our national welfare states with a common floor’. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The idea of providing an unconditional basic income to every citizen “used to be regarded as the fantasy of a handful of lunatics,” Philippe Van Parij(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair on the BBC’s “Andrew Marr Show” on Sunday. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC Handout via Reuters

Britain can control immigration without leaving the EU, Tony Blair has claimed, immediately drawing fire from a senior cabinet minister. Mr Blair, th(...)

US Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer  makes a point to president Donald Trump in the Oval Office prior to Trump’s departure for North Dakota to deliver a speech on tax reform. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

As Americans cleaned up after Hurricane Harvey and braced for Hurricane Irma, another dramatic week in Washington – the first week of Congress after t(...)

Then Democratic presidential candidates  Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton take part in a debate  at Wynn Las Vegas hotel in October 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

As the United States continues to focus on the hurricanes battering the Gulf of Mexico and the latest tensions between Donald Trump and the Republican(...)

Flowerpickers near Holbeach, England. “...as if globalisation, outsourcing and automation would all magically disappear if only there were fewer Romanians picking strawberries in Lincolnshire.” Photograph: Getty Images

Whoever leaked the British government’s blueprint for post-Brexit immigration has done us all a great service. True, we don’t know what motive led the(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin at a news conference at the Brics summit in Xiamen, China, on Tuesday. “It’s difficult to engage in dialogue with people who confuse Austria with Australia,” he said. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik

Vladimir Putin heaped scorn on US president Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday, describing Washington’s latest attack against the Russian diplom(...)

Demonstrators protest in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme  in Jersey City, New Jersey, on  August 30th. Photograph:  Kirsten Luce/New York Times

US president Donald Trump on Tuesday scrapped a programme that protects from deportation almost 800,000 young men and women who were brought into the (...)

Donald Trump is joined onstage by former Maricopa county sheriff Joe Arpaio (Left) at a campaign rally in Marshalltown, Iowa in 2016, after Arpaio endorsed  Mr Trump’s candidacy.

As sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio engaged in blatant racial discrimination. His officers systematically targeted Latinos, often arre(...)

Samantha Power said that she was  confident for the future as the election of Donald Trump had resulted in a lot more young people becoming active in politics. Photograph: Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images

Irish-born former American ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power said she would consider running for public office in the United States or (...)