Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan, Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker; Sen. Elizabeth Warren; Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Amy Klobuchar,  Tulsi Gabbard,  Jay Inslee and John Delaney pose for a photo on stage before the start of a Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. Photograph: Wilfredo Lee/AP

Race to become Democratic candidate to take on Trump in 2020 begins in earnest

Demonstrators press  for the release of migrant children  in front of a detention centre in Homestead, Florida, on Wednesday. Photograph: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty

Child detention camps under spotlight as US immigration system reaches crisis point

Migrant children play soccer at  Homestead  in Florida, the largest child detention facility in the US. Photograph: Scott McIntyre/The New York Times

Harrowing deaths push migration question back to top of political agenda in US

Robert Mueller will testify on July 17th. File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump hits out, falsely accusing the Special Counsel of destroying text messages

Former vice-president Joe Biden is leading national and primary polls by double-digit figures. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

Polls frontrunner Joe Biden has most to lose going into primary debates

A session of parliament proceeds in Tehran, Iran, on Tuesday. Photograph: Nazanin Tabatabaee/West Asia News Agency/Reuters

US national security adviser says all options on table if Iran exceeds uranium enrichment limit

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts senator, who has run on a policy-heavy platform, has been edging upwards in the polls. Photograph: Randall Hill/Reuters

Among the 10 taking to the stage on Wednesday, Elizabeth Warren is seen as the frontrunner

House speaker Nancy Pelosi has struggled to keep all her members in line as she seeks agreement on a $4.5 billion funding Bill. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

Crisis deepens over conditions at detention centres holding children

US president Donald Trump signs with vice-president Mike Pence (right) and secretary of treasury Steven Mnuchin at the White House on June 24th, ‘hard-hitting sanctions’ on Iran’s supreme leader. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US president insists he does not ‘need exit strategies’ when asked about risk of Iran war

US president Donald Trump signs an executive order imposing fresh sanctions on Iran in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Move will deny access to ‘key financial resources’ for eight senior figures

 Stormont: Members of the Helsinki Commission will visit it in the course of a three-day trip to Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

Helsinki Commission three-day trip also linked to social issues in Northern Ireland

US national security adviser John Bolton. Photograph: Abayov/Pool via Reuters

Security adviser Bolton says Iran should not ‘mistake US discretion for weakness’

US president Donald Trump speaks to the media about Iran,  prior to departing for Camp David. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US president says he will be ‘best friend’ to Iran if nuclear weapon is not developed

Linda Fairstein: dropped by her publisher after a public outcry about her role as DA in the wrongful convictions.

America Letter: Central Park Five drama reminds of Trump’s call for death penalty

US president Donald Trump: his decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal was always bound to have consequences.  Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US president’s ambiguous response to latest provocation is in keeping with his incoherent policy on Iran

Gen Amir Ali Hajizadeh,  Iran’s head of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division, looks at debris from a downed US drone  in  capital Tehran on Friday. Photograph: Meghdad Madadi/AFP/Getty Images

US president says dawn strike was cancelled after he was told 150 people would be killed

An Iranian navy boat tackles a fire on an oil tanker after it was attacked in the Gulf of Oman on June 13th. Photograph: Reuters

President condemns downing of aircraft but says it may not have been intentional

Congressman Brendan Boyle (left) at The Irish Times offices in Dublin in 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Bid to increase funding to International Fund for Ireland passes House of Representatives

US president Donald Trump pauses while speaking during a rally in Orlando, Florida, US, on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019. For one night in a packed arena in Orlando, Trump tried to recapture the insurgent energy and anything-might-happen feel of the campaign that fueled his bid for the White House four years ago. Photographer: Marco Bello/Bloomberg

New rule allows states to set emissions and undoes former president’s Clean Power Plan

Outgoing US acting defence secretary Patrick Shanahan: Mark Esper, army secretary and  former Raytheon executive, is set to take his role. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Patrick Shanahan was deemed counterweight to John Bolton’s hawkishness

US president Donald Trump appears in his first 2020 re-election campaign advertisement, as he kicked off his campaign for a second term in the White House. Photograph: Donald J. Trump For President, Inc/Handout via Reuters

Rally comes amid weak poll numbers suggesting uphill challenge to retain presidency

Democratic presidential candidate and former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper speaks during the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco, California on June 1st. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters

America Letter: John Hickenlooper offers optimism in a crowded field of 24 names

US president Donald Trump at the White House on Friday. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Iran’s leadership denies involvement in attacks on Norwegian and Japanese tankers

US president Donald Trump kisses White House press secretary Sarah Sanders after it was announced she will leave her job at the end of the mont. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Demise of daily press briefing tradition will serve as former press secretary’s legacy

White House aide Kellyanne Conway  was censured for violating the Hatch Act – a law that bars those in government positions from making partisan statements. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

White House adviser ‘repeat offender’ engaging in partisan politics, ethics body says

 Press secretary Sarah Sanders is a ‘very special person’, US president Donald Trump said, announcing her departure. File photograph: The New York Times

Sarah Huckabee Sanders appears regularly on Fox News and other media channels

Ohio businessman Ed Crawford.

Ohio businessman Ed Crawford was nominated by President Donald Trump

Poland’s president Andrzej Duda visited the  US president Donald Trump  at the White House in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters/Leah Millis

Move follows lobbying by Polish government amid fears about Russian aggression

Larry Kudlow,   Donald Trump’s national economic adviser, addressed the Select USA conference on Tuesday. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Head of American Chamber of Commerce says ‘massive opportunities’ for Irish firms

Former US vice-president Joe Biden  at a presidential campaign event in Ottumwa, Iowa, on Tuesday. Photograph: Rachel Mummey/The New York Times

US election frontrunner calls president ‘an existential threat to America’

John Dean, former White House counsel in the Nixon administration, is sworn in before testifying at a House judiciary committee hearing  about the Mueller report on Monday . Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Former White House counsel for Nixon testifies before House judiciary committee

A view of 787 7th Avenue in midtown Manhattan where a helicopter was reported to have crashed in New York City. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Helicopter crash-landed on top of tower in downtown Manhattan

John Brennan: some of Donald Trump’s behaviour has been treasonous, he says. Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

The former CIA director is a fierce critic of the US president – and the feeling is mutual

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar greets US president Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, at Shannon Airport. Photograph: Arthur Ellis

Government sighs with relief as deflated atmosphere hangs over Doonbeg

US president Donald Trump seated beside his wife Melania and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the restaurant at his hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg on Thursday evening. Photograph: Stephen Kearon

Ireland’s ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall and Senator Mark Daly in attendance

US President Donald Trump gestures before boarding Air Force One at Shannon Airport on Thursday to fly to  Normandy, France. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP

Full secret-service screening before media transported by coach to Shannon airport

US president Donald Trump  and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Shannon airport on Wednesday. Mr Varadkar said they also  discussed the taxation in Ireland of large companies. Photograph:  Pool/Getty Images

Varadkar says talks with Trump at Shannon Airport included Ireland’s trade surplus with US

US president Donald Trump  with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Shannon Airport. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

US president compares Irish border issue with his proposed wall with Mexico

Marine One, carrying US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, comes in to land at Doonbeg, Co Clare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

High security in Clare as US president spends night at his Doonbeg resort after Varadkar meeting

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with US president Donald Trump  in the Oval Office of the White House during St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

The US has security fears over Chinese telecoms firm due to be part of 5G rollout

Tommy Haugh carries a US flag to festoon the streets of Doonbeg village ahead of a visit by US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Taoiseach not expected among officials joining US president at his Doonbeg golf resort

Trina Vargo, the head of the US-Ireland Alliance, who manages the Mitchell scholarship programme. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Rhodes programme says no one has ever turned it down in favour of Mitchell

People embrace during a prayer vigil at Bridge Church the day after a mass shooting  in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Gunman kills 12: Nancy Pelosi says American people ‘share grief of entire community’

Éamon de Valera in New York with Friends of Irish Freedom’s Judge Daniel  Cohalan and John Devoy in July 1919. Photograph:   Topical Press Agency/Getty

America Letter: One hundred years ago a tour failed to co-opt official America to Ireland’s cause

Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador: calling  for US “prudence and responsibility”, saying “The Statue of Liberty is not an empty symbol.” Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters

Tariff threat looms for Mexican imports if illegal migration to US not terminated

US president Donald Trump: ‘I think Mueller is a true never Trumper. He’s somebody that dislikes Donald Trump.’ Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

Move comes day after Special Counsel breaks his silence on report into Russian electoral interference

US president Donald Trump: ‘Nigel Farage is a friend of mine, Boris is a friend of mine. They are two very good guys.’

‘We’re going to be staying at Doonbeg and ... we’ll be meeting with a lot of the Irish officials’

  Special counsel Robert Mueller makes a statement on his investigation into Russian election interference,  in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Special counsel says department policy stopped him adjudicating on obstruction of justice

US president Donald Trump is due to meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for a bilateral meeting on  next Wednesday in Shannon airport. File photograph: Getty

Varadkar to raise Ireland’s support for free trade between US and EU with president

Robert Mueller’s preference not to testify obviously does not preclude a House committee from issuing a subpoena to force him to appear. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Trump team satisfied but congressional investigations set to ramp up

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivers a statement on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election at the justice department in Washington. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Bourg

‘If we had had confidence that the president did not commit a crime we would have said so’

US president Donald Trump and wife Melania: “Kim Jong-un made a statement that Joe Biden is a low-IQ individual . . . I think I agree with him on that.” Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo

US president accused of backing N Korea’s ‘murderous dictator’ in tweets while abroad

Sean Dunne leaves the US Federal Court House on May 22nd, 2019 after giving testimony in his civil trial. Photograph: Douglas Healey

US court hears Dunne would only reveal reason for loan in ‘doomsday’ scenario

An exhibit on the assassination of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Photograph: Justin T Gellerson/New York Times

Washington’s International Spy Museum reveals much about how data is weaponised

Actress Felicity Huffman leaves federal court after  acknowledging she paid $15,000 to arrange for cheating on her daughter’s SAT test. Photograph: Kayana Szymczak

America Letter: Mortar boards up in air as indebted graduates exit dysfunctional system

Marine recruits in training at Parris Island in South Carolina. Photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

Trump says US needs ‘protection’ in region and orders staff to leave embassy in Iran

US president Donald Trump: called Ms Pelosi ‘crazy’ and said he was a ‘very stable genius’. Photograph: Kevin Dietsch/EPA

House speaker says she ‘prays for’ president and calls on his family to stage ‘intervention’

Gayle Killilea was advised to sell the Shrewsbury Road property bought for her by Sean Dunne in 2005, and leave Ireland

US court hears from former financial director of Sean Dunne’s company DCD Builders

Sean Dunne leaves the US federal court house in New Haven, Conneticut on Wednesday after giving testimony in his civil financial fraud trial. Photograph: Douglas Healey for The Irish Times

Bankrupt developer questioned at US district court on statement submitted to Nama in 2010

US president Donald Trump will visit Co Clare in early June,  the White House said.  Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

US president to arrive in Shannon on June 5th before attending D-Day ceremonies next day

A seat is reserved for former White House lawyer Don McGahn, who had been expected to testify at a House judiciary committee hearing on the Mueller report, in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Don McGahn skips hearing as Trump lawyers appeal ruling on financial records

Following weeks of negotiations, which included differences between the two sides over the location of a possible meeting between US President Donald Trump and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the White House has indicated   an announcement is imminent.  File photograph:   Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Shannon Airport being considered as a potential venue for a private meeting between the US president and Leo Varadkar

Congressional Democrats had scheduled former White House lawyer Don McGahn to testify about events described in the Mueller report but US president Donald Trump has blocked this. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

Former White House counsel was a key figure in the Mueller investigation

An F/A-18E Super Hornet is launched from the flight deck of the  USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea last Thursday. Iran claimed Trump is being ‘goaded’ by national security adviser John Bolton into starting a war. Handout photograph: Reuters

Iranian minister hits back at ‘genocidal taunts’ as countries appear closer to war

Transactions involving legal entities controlled by President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner aroused the suspicion of anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank. Photograph: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Bank compliance officers ‘prepared suspicious activity report’ on Trump, Kushner

 Eric Trump, the son of US president Donald Trump, arrived in Shannon on Saturday to visit the family’s hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg. Photograph: Press 22

Tánaiste says there was ‘certainly no row over Doonbeg versus other locations’

Donald Trump: highlighted his nomination of conservative judges since his election. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/Bloomberg

US president’s pledge comes as Alabama and other states roll back abortion rights for women

Donald Trump: wants meeting in Doonbeg. Photograph: Kevin Dietsch/Bloomberg

Disagreement over venue is reported by several media outlets but Irish embassy rejects ‘standoff’ claim

US president Donald Trump with White House national security adviser John Bolton: Taking on Iran presents a different challenge than Iraq given Tehran’s formidable military capacity. Photograph: Carlos Barria

America Letter: While Trump wants to avoid Middle-East conflict, volatile factors simmer

US president Donald  Trump, who tweeted on Friday: ‘A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!’ Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Meanwhile White House may be retreating from some if its more harsh trade measures

The White House has not publicly announced any plans for US president Donald Trump to visit Ireland or Scotland, though the visit to Britain and France is confirmed. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

White House indicates US president may visit Scotland after questions raised over Doonbeg use

President Donald Trump speaks on immigration in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, on  Thursday. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

Proposal devised by president’s son-in-law adviser unlikely to gain support in Congress

President Donald Trump addresses troops during a surprise visit to  Al Asad Air Base in Iraq in December. Photograph: Al Drago/ The New York Times

All ‘non-emergency’ government employees ordered to leave the country

Pro-choice activists hold signs alongside anti-abortion activists mark the anniversary of the 1973 supreme court case Roe v Wade outside the US supreme court in Washington, DC. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

New legislation is likely to be immediately challenged – and overturned – in court

US president Donald Trump speaks to reporters before departing the White House on Tuesday: he said the US were in a very, very strong position in the escalating trade war with China. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

US president again suggests that US holds stronger hand in negotiations with Beijing

US president Donald Trump greets Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán in the Oval Office. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US president heaps praise on Hungary’s controversial PM during Oval Office visit

Conor McGregor: settled civil case. Photograph: Julio Cortez/AP Photo

UFC star was alleged to have taken man’s phone in Miami Beach on March 11th

 President Donald Trump broke with four decades of tradition by refusing to release his tax returns during the 2016 presidential campaign. Photograph: Reuters/ Kevin Lamarque

Congressman Richard Neal issues subpoena for six years’ worth of president’s tax returns

Women protesting against Georgia’s anti-abortion “heartbeat” Bill in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage

America Letter: Nearly half a century after Roe v Wade ruling, Bills are limiting access

 Chinese vice premier Liu He, second left,  says goodbye to US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, centre,   and US trade representative Robert Lighthizer as they break from meetings  in Washington, DC. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/ Getty Images

Trump applies 25% tariff to Chinese exports as talks end without agreement

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan with US president Donald Trump:  the two men show desire to change fundamentals of democracy. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque

Pelosi fears Trump may not quit White House if Democrat win not huge in 2020

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó block a back entrance of  Venezuela embassy in Washington. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty

Tranquil street now becomes ideological battleground and site of civic unrest

 Handout photo  showing the North Korean ship ‘M/V Wise Honest’ which the US department of justice  announced had been seized by the US government. Photograph: US department of justice/EPA

Move comes amid growing tensions following missile launches ordered by Pyongyang

US attorney general William Barr: A full vote on the floor of the House will now be scheduled, and the issue of contempt is ultimately likely to end up in court. Photograph: Reuters/ Jonathan Ernst

Republicans accuse Democrats of being in ‘denial’ about Trump’s election victory

Donald Trump dismissed the New York Times reporting as a ‘highly inaccurate fake news hit job!’. File photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Getty

NYT claim Trump lost more cash than any other US individual during years in question

Former White House counsel Don McGahn  behind US president  Donald Trump.   File photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Trump vows to defy subpoenas as Republicans declare Mueller investigation closed

US attorney general William Barr: a strong advocate for the concept of presidential power, he has resisted calls to provide extra documentation to Congress. Photograph:  Nicholas Kamm

Attorney general misses deadline to give committee full copy of Mueller report

Future uncertainty should not be allowed to get in the way of positive engagement with the US-Ireland Alliance and Ireland

Support for Bill from major parties with sponsorship from Republicans, Democrats

A photograph released by North Korea on Sunday shows rocket launchers firing during a test of weapons in an undisclosed location in North Korea on Saturday. Photograph: KCNA/KNS/AFP/Getty Images

Missiles no threat to US, South Korea or Japan, Pompeo says

The statue of Robert E Lee which stood in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Statues honouring the losing Confederate side are seen as an attempt to reclaim a lost and noble cause despite the south’s support(...)

US attorney general William Barr with an aide during testimony before the Senate judiciary committee  in Washington. Photograph:  New York Times

Indications that Barr misrepresented Mueller’s findings may not be sufficient

US president Donald  Trump talks to reporters during his meeting with Slovak prime minister Peter Pellegrini  in the Oval Office of the White House on Friday. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/EPA

US president says leaders also spoke about North Korea and nuclear disarmament

Edward Crawford has pledged to further US-Irish relations and maintain US commitment to the Northern Ireland peace process if confirmed as US ambassador to Ireland.

Ohio businessman and son of Irish immigrants Edward Crawford likely to be confirmed

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon: her office has opened more than 50 investigations spanning domestic companies, public sector bodies and the US tech giants. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Eight inquiries involve Facebook, says Helen Dixon after speaking at US Senate hearing

US attorney general William Barr testifies before a Senate judiciary committee hearing on Wednesday on the Mueller report. Photograph: Aaron Bernstein/Reuters

Democrats call for US attorney general to resign in wake appearance before Senate

A proposal to extend to Irish citizens the E3 visa scheme, which is currently only available to Australian nationals, progressed through the US congress late last year, but ultimately failed to garner sufficient support in the Senate, after Arkansas senator Tom Cotton blocked the measure. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Plan to extend scheme to Irish citizens previously failed to get enough support in Senate

 Chuck Schumer speaks to the media after the meeting with Donald Trump at the White House. Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

Pelosi and Schumer to meet president again to discuss how to fund the package

Former US vice-president Joe Biden speaks during his first campaign event as a candidate for US president  in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photograph:  Saul Loeb / AFP

Former vice-president targets blue-collar workers in first rally of presidential campaign in Pittsburgh

Dublin native Gail Slater, the only Irish person working in the Trump White House, has left the administration to take up a senior position with Fox

Irish lawyer departs Trump administration and take up position with Fox Corporation

Google’s offices on Barrow Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister also warns Irish firms not to ease off on Brexit planning because of extension

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