Palm Beach County election officials prepare to recount ballots in West Palm Beach, Florida. Photograph:  Michele Eve Sandberg / AFP

Florida election officials on Thursday were racing toward a deadline to finish a recount of ballots in close races for the US Senate and governor’s se(...)

US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg

Donald Trump has claimed without evidence that people wear disguises to vote illegally in Florida as the state hurtles towards a Thursday deadline for(...)

Democratic senators-elect Kyrsten Sinema  and Jacky Rosen  walk to the office of Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer for a meeting at the US Capitol on Tuesday.   Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

Just over a week after Americans went to the polls in the midterm elections, the incoming members of Congress arrived in Washington on Tuesday for “or(...)

Michelle Obama speaking during a campaign rally for then Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Michelle Obama has told of her dismay that so many American women chose “misogynist” Donald Trump as their president instead of the first female nomin(...)

US president Donald Trump had a lengthy media exchange before leaving Washington  for   Paris. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump has renewed his attack on the media, describing CNN reporter Jim Acosta as an “unprofessional guy” with a “loud voice” and a(...)

A woman cries during a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of a shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, on Thursday. Photograph: Apu Gomes/AFP/Getty Images

A man who survived last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas was among the 12 people killed when a gunman opened fire in a bar in southern California on (...)

US president Donald Trump in a heated exchange with CNN journalist Jim Acosta, as NBC correspondent Peter Alexander looks on, during  a press  conference  in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

On Wednesday morning, as most journalists in Washington were waking bleary-eyed from the marathon midterm election count of the night before, the Whit(...)

 Stacey Abrams, the Demcratic candidae for governor of Georgia: “In a civilised nation, the machinery of democracy should work for everyone, everywhere.” Photograph: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

The US midterm elections brought significant gains for Democrats, who retook the House of Representatives and snatched several governorships from the (...)

The result of the US midterm elections redraws the battle lines on Capitol Hill for the second half of Donald Trump’s presidency, but it also creates a situation fraught with danger for the Democrats. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images

Yes, the outcome was broadly in line with pre-election opinion polls. Yes, it’s one of the iron laws of US politics that voters use the midterms to pu(...)

Supporters of congressional candidate Harley Rouda watch Nancy Pelosi speak on a big screen in Newport Beach, California. Photograph: New York Times

Tuesday’s US congressional elections ended with what might be called a split decision. Democrats gained more than enough seats to take control of the (...)

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