US president Donald Trump with American forces  at Bagram Air Field in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thanksgiving Day. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

No matter how bad your Thanksgiving is, mine will be worse, and I’ll tell you why. My sister thinks Jim Jordan is hot. Well, she didn’t say “hot” exac(...)

 South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg during Wednesday night’s Democratic debate in Atlanta, Georgia: He has raised huge sums of money despite being the youngest candidate in the field. Photograph:  Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters

Ten leading Democratic presidential candidates largely avoided attacking each other in a televised debate on Wednesday night, though their differences(...)

US president Donald Trump  greets Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley,  in Ohio on August 7th, 2019. Photograph:  Saul Loe/Getty

Ever since her city became the scene of a mass shooting on August 4th, Dayton mayor Nan Whaley has been thrust into the heart of the latest debate in (...)

Supporters react to election results during the watch party for Kentucky’s attorney general Andy Beshear, running for governor against Republican incumbent Matt Bevin, in Louisville. Photograph: Harrison McClary

As America passed the one-year mark until the presidential election, there was mixed news for Democrats this week. On Tuesday, several states held lo(...)

Paul Manafort (R), US president Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman,  at a court in New York in June  2019. Photograph: Jefferson Siegel/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump clamoured for the speedy release of emails hacked from Democrats during the 2016 election campaign, and a top Trump aide pro(...)

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney:   contradicted US president Donald Trump’s repeated denials. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, suggested that there was a quid pro quo in relations with Ukraine, only to walk back on the stat(...)

US vice-president Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence arrive back at Shannon Airport from Dublin during an official visit to Ireland. Photograph: Jacob King/PA Wire

US president Donald Trump has said he never spoke with Mike Pence about staying at his golf resort in Ireland during an official trip to the State by (...)

Workers clean the stage before the  Democratic presidential primary debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit on July 30th. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

The suspense was high. The hour was late. The questions about the next Democratic debate were many: Ten candidates or 11? Two nights or one? One billi(...)

Former US vice-president Joe Biden: his national lead among Democrats has been fairly durable through the summer, polls show.  Photograph:  Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images

New opinion polls show Joe Biden with a significant national lead in the Democratic presidential race as the contest heads into the intense autumn cam(...)

Kamala Harris’s attack on Joe Biden over his record on race  is likely to be the defining moment of this debate. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The second night of this week’s Democratic debate in Miami always had the potential to be the more significant of the two. Though the line-up was sel(...)

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