The Trump administration is poised to roll back the federal requirement for employers to include coverage of birth control in their health insurance plans, vastly expanding exemptions for those that cite moral or religious objections. Photograph: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump will allow more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women by claiming religious or moral objections. (...)

Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during their third and final 2016 presidential campaign debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, October 19th, 2016. Photograph: Mark Ralston/Reuters

Donald Trump’s claims “We will have a second amendment that is a very small replica of what it is now” in a Clinton administration Trump is being (...)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Dimondale, Michigan. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been reading his poll numbers and realising he has to appeal more to Hispanic, black and other minori(...)

Leticia de Araujo holding her daughter, one-month-old Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the Sika virus during her mother’s pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph:  Antonio Lacerda/EPA

As the Zika virus spreads in Latin America, Catholic leaders are warning women against using contraceptives or having abortions, even as health offici(...)

“Nobody can make Obamacare work,” declared Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, a couple of weeks ago (when it was already obvious that it was working pretty well). Photograph: Amos Ben Gershom GPO via Getty Images

House Republicans released a deliberately misleading report on the status of health reform last week, crudely rigging the numbers to sustain the illus(...)

Last weekend Republican senator John Barrasso (right) claimed the  Affordable Care Act  had “proven to be unpopular, unworkable and unaffordable”. But he was wrong about everything, even the “unpopular” bit. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US senator John Barrasso of Wyoming delivered the weekly Republican address last Saturday. He ignored Syria, presumably because his party is deeply co(...)