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US president Donald Trump: a frightened boy. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty

The cruel insults to Joe Biden’s mental acuity are flying fast and ferocious on Fox News. How can we trust the nuclear codes to someone so incoherent,(...)

Rev John David Crowley in a church directory at Holy Angels parish. Crowley was named in a grand jury report that listed hundreds of Catholic priests in Pennsylvania accused of abusing children. Photograph: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times

The US justice department has opened an investigation into Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania accused of covering up sexual abuse for decades, a (...)

A Catholic church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The church   covered up child sexual abuse by hundreds of priests in the state over a period of 70 years, a report has found. Photograph: Jeff Swensen/New York Times

Bishops and other leaders of the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by hundreds of priests over a period of 70 years, persu(...)

Hillary Clinton speaks at the Society of Irish Women’s annual dinner on St Patrick’s Day in her late father’s hometown in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Photograph: AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Hillary Clinton has said she is “ready to come out of the woods” and help Americans find common ground. Clinton’s gradual return to the public spotli(...)

US President Donald Trump answers questions during a news conference at the White House on Thursday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Watching Donald Trump’s freak show of a press conference, it’s painfully clear that we have all made a terrible mistake. For the last several months(...)

Sandy Sheerin: ‘Plans to begin fracking seemed to offer a glimmer of hope.’

Emigrating to Pennsylvania at the age of 10 in 1987 was quite an experience. We left behind the bustling metropolis of Dublin for a little town that s(...)

Rick Berry, a florist in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, voted for Donald Trump

When Al Heller went into his polling booth last week, he took the vote he had given to Barack Obama and handed it, enthusiastically, to Donald Trump.(...)

Alina Fisk (4) wearing a Donald Trump cutout while costume shopping with her mother, Jamie, at Spirit Halloween in Port Richey, Florida. Photograph: Brendan Fitterer/Tampa Bay Times via AP

Key figures in the Clinton and Trump campaigns are sweeping across Florida this week as the two sides scramble to shore up support amid signs of a tig(...)

Unmarked graves of Irish miners who died who died during the Colorado silver rush of 1877-90

A good place to start was where people were buried. Historian Jim Walsh began his research about 13 years ago and, intent on finding out more about th(...)

A sign supporting Donald Trump in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania: his support among older, patriotic, less-educated, white lower-class voters gives Trump a strong base in the rural parts of the state. Photograph: Mark Makela/Getty Images

In the evening rush-hour, a steady stream of customers arrive at the upmarket Wegmans supermarket in King of Prussia to pick up dinner at the gourmet (...)

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