US senator Bernie Sanders: said that his policies were now supported “by a majority of Americans”.  Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Vermont senator joins crowded field seeking Democratic nomination for president in 2020

Kamala Harris visits South Carolina, one of the states to hold early Democratic primaries. Harris and other Democrats hoping to secure the party’s nomination for 2020 have made the state a priority. Photograph: Reuters/Elijah Nouvelage

The California senator travels to South Carolina to pitch for support ahead of primary

Harvey Weinstein with his former lawyer Benjamin Brafman in December 2018. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty

The former film mogul, facing a landmark trial, has recruited a tough new legal team

Activists who opposed Amazon’s plan to move into Queens rally in Long Island City in celebration of the company’s decision to pull out of the deal. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Clash between capital and stagnating living standards of workers crystallised

US president Donald Trump: declared a national emergency at the Mexican border  to access billions of dollars to build a border wall. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Texas landowners file legal challenge as president cites immigration as threat

 Lynda Miller, Soona Buchanan and her son, Shadi,  attend a service for the victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of February 14th, 2018.  Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty

America Letter: Shooting's anniversary reminds that gun crime is a tragic US fact of life

US president Donald Trump:  the saga over the government funding bill and the border wall is a poor reflection on his governance skills. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Challenge to president’s declaration of a national emergency likely to reach supreme court

US president Donald Trump speaks on border security during a Rose Garden event at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US president outlines controversial move at event in White House Rose Garden

Paul Manafort,  US president Donald Trump’s former campaign manager. His breach of his plea deal means he is likely to face a much tougher prison sentence than previously thought probable. File photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort found guilty of lying to prosecutors

President Donald Trump will sign a bill to avert a second government shutdown, but will also declare a national emergency to secure border wall funding. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

White House says US president will sign bill to avoid second government shutdown

Protesters opposed to Amazon’s  New York campus on the steps of city hall in New York. Photograph: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among figures opposing campus due to large tax breaks

US president Donald Trump said he had “lots of options” in relation to funding a border wall. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Trump says officials will look for ‘landmines’ in funding legislation

President Donald Trump. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

Senior Republicans urge president to back deal that includes $1.3 billion for border wall

 President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the El Paso County Coliseum on Monday in El Paso, Texas. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Agreement over border wall funding, ICE detention must still be signed off by Trump

Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar speaks at a press conference on deportation at Capitol Hill in Washington, last week. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Meanwhile, negotiations resume in last-ditch effort to avert a shutdown on Friday

Tweeting from the White House on Sunday, President Donald Trump claimed Democrats were not being allowed by their leaders to make a deal. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

Democrats and Republicans divided over immigration policy and border wall

Jeff Bezos, pictured here in 2018, is the founder of Amazon, and the owner of the ‘Washington Post’. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Amazon founder and ‘Washington Post’ owner says AMI action is politically motivated

Tánaiste Simon Coveney (centre) with members of the Friends of Ireland caucus inside the Ways and Means committee room in the US Capitol building in Washington on Thursday. Left, Irish ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall and, right, committee chairman Richard Neal. Photograph: Marty Katz

America Letter: The US losing the UK’s voice in the EU could be Ireland's opportunity

Virginia governor elect Ralph Northam (centre) celebrates with state Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (left) and attorney general Mark Herring at his election night rally in 2017. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters

Attorney general Herring admits dressing in blackface as Fairfax sex scandal emerges

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney at  a meeting on Capitol Hill. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

Minister urges change in UK approach as he stresses concerns about peace process during US visit

Figures from the Irish-American caucus on Capitol Hill said they would definitely speak out fi the Belfast Agreement was threatened.

Senior figures from Congress stress the importance of maintaining soft Border

Tánaiste and  Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: held meetings in New York on Tuesday as Ireland continues its efforts to secure a seat on the United Nations Security Council. File Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Tánaiste for talks with senior Trump administration officials and Congress members

US vice-president Mike Pence and House speaker Nancy Pelosi flank Donald Trump as the US president delivers his State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/AFP/Getty Images

US president attacks ‘partisan investigations’ and Democrats as he appeals for unity

US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un first met  in Singapore last June. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US president and North Korean leader to meet in Vietnam on February 27th and 28th

US president Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/ pool /AFP/Getty Images

US president announces second North Korea summit and reiterates demands for border wall

British prime minister Theresa May  giving a speech on Brexit in Belfast on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA/Aidan Crawley

British prime minister says during Belfast visit promise to avoid hard border is ‘unshakeable’

New York court rules man sought over almost 400 incidents will not be released on bail

The letter, which has been signed by 40 senior figures including Gary Hart, comes ahead of Tanaiste Simon Coveney’s visit to Washington this week. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Group, including five former US ambassadors, concerned Belfast Agreement could be jeapordised

Patrick Collison, chief executive officer and co-founder of Stripe with brother John Collison, president and co-founder

Stripe asked for documents as part of larger investigation into president’s inauguration

In an interview, US president Donald Trump did not rule out a second government shutdown if he does not secure funding for his border wall. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Fears US president could declare national emergency to secure funding for border wall

While Scotland valued the practical benefits of EU membership “we also value the principles that he EU exemplifies – that nations can and should co-operate as equals for the common good,” Nicola Sturgeon said. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

‘To leave this successful developing market place makes no economic sense whatsoever,’ Scottish first minister says

Virginia governor  Ralph Northam with  his wife, Pamela, at a news conference in the Governor’s Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond on Saturday. Photograph: Steve Helber/AP

Democrat claims he was not in picture a day after apologising for the hurt it caused

Former chairman and CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz has said he is considering a run for president of the US, as an independent. Photograph: Johannes Elsele/AFP/Getty Images

America Letter: Democrats fear Howard Schultz would split the anti-Trump vote

December 1987: Soviet general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and US president Ronald Reagan signing the INF treaty, in Washington. The US on Friday announced its intention to withdraw from the treaty because of Russia’s violation. Photograph: EPA

Critics note that suspension will leave US free to begin developing its own weapons

Gardaí  asked US Homeland Security for assistance in locating the individual last year.

US judge to rule next week on whether to extradite man accused of rape at GAA ground

US president Donald Trump speaking at  a meeting to 'discuss fighting human trafficking on the southern border' in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Young

US president says meetings with Democrats on border issue are ‘waste of time’

The Aughinish Alumina Refinery on the Shannon Estuary near Foynes, Co Limerick

Democrats query Trump’s connection to the Russian owner of Shannon alumina plant

President Donald Trump  in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/Pool via Bloomberg

US president hints at details of North Korea summit, after criticising intelligence agencies

President Donald Trump said  US intelligence chiefs were “extremely passive”.  Photograph:  Alex Edelman / AFPs

Criticism comes a day after senior officials contradicted the president about Iran

Congressman Brendan Boyle:  “The Good Friday [Belfast] Agreement is one of the great foreign policy achievements of the 20th century. It eliminated the hard border that then existed between Northern Ireland the rest of Ireland. Now Brexit threatens this.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish-American caucus opposition to hard border has implications for UK trade deals

Congressman Brendan Boyle (left) has introduced a resolution outlining opposition to a hard border in Ireland.

Growing concern among Irish-Americans on Capitol Hill about the direction of Brexit

Roger Stone has been released on bail on a $250,000 bond, and his movements have been restricted to Florida, New York and Washington DC. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

US intelligence chiefs contradict Trump on North Korea and Islamic State

A pedestrian walks next to a PDVSA fuelstation in Caracas, Venezuela on Monday. Photograph: Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters

Trump administration hopes sanctions pressure Nicolás Maduro to step down

‘It’s less than 50-50’: US president Donald Trump on whether a long-term deal could be reached.  Photograph:  Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images

Federal agencies reopen for three weeks after 35 days shut, as bipartisan negotiations start

The Aughinish Alumina Refinery on the Shannon Estuary near Foynes Co Limerick.

Ireland had argued that sanctions would adversely affect global aluminium markets

 Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann in a face-off against Native American  Nathan Phillips in Washington, in an image that has caused much controversy in the US. Photograph: Kaya Taitano/Social media/Reuters

An online clip leads to much fury in the US, followed by a full-blown collective mea culpa

US president Donald Trump  with British prime minister Theresa May  at Chequers,  Buckinghamshire, in July 2018. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Spectre of Brexit raises new challenges for Britain’s relationship with United States

The man, who is wanted in connection with a series of offences in the Irish midlands, was arrested last week at an apartment in Guilderland, in New York state.

Judge remands man back into custody of the United States Marshals Service

US president Donald Trump announces a deal to end the partial government shutdown in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President reaches agreement with Democrats on stop-gap spending measure

Roger Stone, on leaving the courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, gestures as Nixon once did.  AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Stone also charged with making false statements and witness tampering

The man was arrested last week by the Department of Homeland Security in the town of Guilderland, a suburb of Albany

Man charged with 210 counts of sexual assault, 177 counts of rape, one count of attempted rape

House speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

Short-term fix viable only with ‘large down payment’ on border wall, White House says

Juan Guaidó, president of Venezuela’s national assembly, holds a copy of the Venezuelan constitution during a rally against  president Nicolás Maduro’s government  in Caracas on Wednesday. Photograph: Carlos Garcia/Reuters

Juan Guaidó names himself interim leader amid protests against Nicolás Maduro

US president Donald Trump announced he would give the State of the Union address after the ongoing government shutdown ends. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Nancy Pelosi tells US president authorisation delayed until government reopens

  US supreme court in Washington: the court also decided not to take up a review of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, leaving  800,000 people  in legal limbo. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

Democrats criticise ruling as shutdown over $5.7bn border wall budget continues

Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee: “The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values.” Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

African-American California senator joins crowded field of contenders for nomination

Democrats vow to investigate whether President Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen, his personal attorney at the time, to lie to Congress about a Moscow real estate project. Photograph: Jeenah Moon

BuzzFeed continues to back claim around US president, Michael Cohen and perjury

US President Donald Trump makes an announcement on the budget, the government shutdown, immigration and the border . Photograph: Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

House speaker Nancy Pelosi says offer is ‘unacceptable’ as shutdown impasse continues

 Nancy Pelosi’s cool performance during an acrimonious meeting in the Oval Office  with Donald Trump and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer last month increased her kudos among the public. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Tit-for-tat continues as president cancels trip to Afghanistan after letter suggests he delay his State of the Union address

Perhaps the strongest sign the Trump administration is turning its back on Brussels is the decision to downgrade the status of the EU ambassador in Washington. Photograph: John Thys/AFP

America Letter: Bleak two years have eroded harmony between Brussels and Washington

Then presidential nominee Donald Trump listens as his lawyer Michael Cohen delivers remarks in Cleveland, Ohio, in September 2016. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

North Korean official visits Oval Office to lay ground work for leaders’ meeting

Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi  speaks during a press briefing on the 27th day of a partial government shutdown. Photograph: Reuters/Joshua Roberts

President withdraws permission for House speaker to use military aircraft for trip

Federal employees, contractors, and supporters rally to demand that President Donald Trump and the Senate re-open the government. Photograph: Leigh Vogel/The New York Times

Nancy Pelosi tells US president address has never been delivered during a shutdown

A vote to maintain sanctions on Russian energy giant Rusal, which owns the Aughinish Alumina refinery in Limerick, has failed to pass in the US Senate.

Democrats fall three votes short of target despite support of 11 Republicans

Steven Mnuchin, US Treasury secretary, speaks to members of the media after meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

Some Republicans voted with Democrats to undo Treasury decision on Russian company Rusal

 William Barr testifies before the Senate judiciary committee during the first day of his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

William Barr calls the special counsel a ‘good friend’ in evidence to Senate committee

US president Donald Trump is greeted as he arrives at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport prior to addressing the National Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photograph: Reuters /Carlos Barria

US president’s nominee for attorney general pledges to allow Mueller complete inquiry

US president Donald Trump and  Russia’s president Vladimir Putin at  the G20 summit in Buenos Aires,  November 30th, 2018. Photograph:  Juan Mabromata/ AFP

President faces deepening pressure about his alleged links with Russia

US president Donald Trump presents a “typical standard wall design” as he participates in a discussion on border security and safe communities. Photograph:  Shawn Hew/EPA

Senator Lindsey Graham urges Republicans to back president if emergency powers invoked

Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska is considered close to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Vote to be forced on US treasury decision to lift embargo on parent Russian firm Rusal

US House speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Ambassadors say it’s ‘crucial sanctions avoid unintended consequences for European companies’

Federal workers and contractors rally against the partial federal government shutdown. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

America Letter: Government workers told to stay home as there is no guarantee of pay

A protest against the government shutdown in Boston, US, on Friday. Photograph: Scott Eisen/ Bloomberg

No deal in sight as government shutdown set to become longest in history

US House speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Treasury secretary indicates Congress may get more time to scrutinise decision

US president Donald Trump talks to reporters as he visits the banks of the Rio Grande River during the president’s visit to the US-Mexico border. Photograph: Leah Millis/AP

Stances hardening on both sides as stand-off over border wall nears end of third week

China’s president Xi Jinping  and US president Donald Trump: Stock markets have risen on optimism  the two sides are making progress on trade talks.  Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP

Negotiations conclude with Beijing agreeing to purchase more US products and services

US president Donald Trump at  Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US president accused of ‘temper tantrum’ by Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer

US president Donald Trump: Much of the content of his speech contained false or at least misleading claims. Photograph: Carlos Barria/AFP/Getty

US president leaves millions in dark as to way out of partial government shutdown

US President Donald Trump delivers a televised address to the nation from his desk in the Oval Office. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

President ramps up demands for wall but stops short of declaring national emergency

The Trump administeration has been critical of several multi-lateral organisation. Photograph: Reuters

Move by US highlights deterioration in relationship between Washington and Brussels

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is threatening to disrupt an orderly US withdrawal from Syria. Photograph: EPA/STR

Turkish president accuses Trump administration of issuing mixed messages on Syria

US national security adviser John Bolton  and Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin  following their meeting  in the Turkish capital Ankara. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Bolton ‘made serious mistake’ in trying to set conditions around withdrawal of US troops from Syria

 US president Donald  Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping. The Wall Street Journal has reported that trade differences have narrowed between the two sides.  Photograph:  EPA/Roman Pilipey

Trump tweets that ‘talks with China are going very well’

US president Donald Trump said his relationship with China’s president, Xi Jinping, was as good as any between a US president and a Chinese leader. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

‘Very good chance’ of ‘reasonable’ deal from Beijing talks, US commerce secretary says

US president Donald Trump said he would speak to the nation about the “humanitarian and national security crisis” on the southern border on Tuesday at 9pm. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/New York Times

President to visit border following television address about ‘national security crisis’

Special counsel Robert Mueller could be the figure who determines the legacy of Donald Trump’s presidency. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Special counsel’s Russia inquiry has dogged year two of Donald Trump’s presidency

The US Capitol Building Washington at sunset in this week. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

US Senate fails to back proposal to give some E3 visas to Irish

US president Donald Trump faces a potentially treacherous time as Democrats prepare to take control of the House of Representatives in January. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

US president faces twin threats from Mueller and Democrats in his third year in office

Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan  delivers a farewell speech at the Library of Congress in Washington on Wednesday.  Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Doubts raised by number of Senate members over expanding scheme to include Irish citizens

The US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Border wall remains sticking point with some government funding set to expire on Friday

Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan has been a key figure in the current effort to extend the visa programme to Irish citizens. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

With Congress in its final week, Ireland needs unanimous approval from the Senate

Former US secretary of the interior Ryan Zinke with President Donald Trump: Mr Zinke has been mired in allegations of political and ethical misconduct since he was appointed in 2017. Photograph: Erick S Lesser

With Mick Mulvaney named as chief of staff, record level of personnel change continues

Obamacare deadline: early signs are that the number of people signing up through the open-enrolment process is down this year. Photograph: Patrick Sison/AP Photo

Federal judge’s ruling could deprive 17 million Americans of healthcare coverage

Aerial view of Scituate in autumn as the leaves turn to red.

Scituate, Massachusetts, has a higher concentration of Irish than anywhere else in US

Stormy Daniels. Michael Cohen has testified that he paid $130,000 to the adult film actor. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

America Letter: President is increasingly isolated as he faces uncomfortable questions

US independent senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders, flanked by Democratic Senator from Connecticut Chris Murphy (left) and Republican Senator from Utah Mike Lee: voted to end US military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo

Decision a rebuke to Donald Trump’s response to journalist’s killing in Istanbul

US Customs and Border Protection  officials stand guard on the US-Mexico border. Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

Guatemalan reportedly suffered dehydration and shock more than eight hours after arrest

US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

US president says allegations of paying off porn stars were made just to embarrass him

Michael Cohen arrives at federal court in New York, US, on Wednesday. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg

Lawyer says his loyalty to US president meant he felt obliged to cover up ‘dirty deeds’

  Paschal Donohoe  with Christine Lagarde: the Minister is in Washington for meetings with senior officials from the Trump administration and   the IMF. Photograph: Marty Katz/

Paschal Donohoe outlines Irish position on Brexit to audience in Washington

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