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President Donald Trump: will make a rare trip on Friday to the US Congress to press the case for tax reform. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Paschal Donohoe’s first trip to Washington as Minister for Finance coincided with a key week for US tax reform. As the Minister sought to highlight th(...)

The only people hurt by health reform are Americans with very high incomes, who have seen their taxes go up, and a  small number of people who have seen their premiums rise because they’re young, healthy and affluent

There’s a lot of fuzzy maths in American politics, but Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, recently set (...)

Kansas governor Sam Brownback:  in 2012,  he drastically cut taxes, assuring everyone that the resulting boom would make up for the initial loss in revenues. Unfortunately for his constituents, his experiment has been a resounding failure. Photograph: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times

It’s now official: 2014 was the warmest year on record. You might expect this to be a politically important milestone. After all, climate-change denie(...)

A resident signs up for a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act. The computer glitches that have plagued the roll out of the act – better known as Obamacare – have not gone away. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The next wave of enrolments to President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare scheme, so despised by Republicans, began this month, but his administrat(...)

“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(...)

Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers, in the official GOP response to the State of the Union address, alluded to the case of “Bette in Spokane”, who supposedly lost her good health insurance coverage. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Remember the “death tax”? The estate tax is quite literally a millionaire’s tax – a tax that affects only a tiny minority of the population, an(...)

Republican senator Marco Rubio: “Republicans are in a deep sense enemies of America’s poor. And that will remain true no matter how hard the likes of Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio try to convince us otherwise.” Photograph: Reuters

Suddenly it’s okay, even mandatory, for politicians with national ambitions to talk about helping the poor. This is easy for Democrats, who can go bac(...)

Barack Obama’s administration is telling the public that everything will eventually be fixed, and urging congressional Democrats to keep their nerve. Reuters/Larry Downing

It goes without saying that the rollout of Obamacare was an epic disaster. But what kind of disaster was it? Was it a failure of management, messing u(...)

An undated handout photograph of the health insurance marketplace website, the web portal through which Americans are supposed to buy insurance on the new healthcare exchanges. For now, at least, HealthCare.gov isn’t working for many users.

Just now, the big news about Obamacare is the debacle of HealthCare.gov, the web portal through which Americans are supposed to buy insurance on the n(...)