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US vice-president Mike Pence and House speaker Nancy Pelosi flank Donald Trump as the US president delivers his State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump appealed to Congress to end “decades of political stalemate” as he made a call for unity in his annual State of the Union ad(...)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York: New York State  has millions of baptised Catholics, but the faithful are accustomed to tuning out messages from their bishops. Photograph: John Moore/Getty

In a sense it’s not surprising that a renewed debate about abortion would begin in New York State, which passed a law last week – since imitated, to m(...)

Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has announced he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination to challenge US president Donald Trump in 202(...)

Republican Nancy Pelosi. The spectacle at the Capitol on Thursday, as she reclaimed the gavel, was redolent of that iconic “Breakfast Club” scene, with all its rebellious energy and zeal to fight The Man. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Lucky there’s no Saturday detention at the Capitol. Republicans – and some Democrats – would certainly make like Mr Vernon, the Breakfast Club discipl(...)

Former president Barack Obama congratulates Donald Trump after the latter’s inauguration speech. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

When I was in Reykjavik in August, Icelanders were bragging about putting the corrupt bankers who ravaged their economy in prison. In the US, it works(...)

Lisa Tierney-Keogh: ‘The talk of a blue wave of Democratic voters was just that: talk.’

There is no dust settling after the US midterms. Within 24 hours of the elections, Donald Trump started clearing house and throwing tantrums. He fired(...)

The then US president Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act in Nashville, Tennessee, on July 1st, 2015. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The Oscar for slickest use of violence in a political advertisement goes to Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. In a scene that evokes the target pr(...)

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell receives applause at a White House ceremony on Monday to mark the swearing-in of Brett Kavanaugh as a justice of the US supreme court. Photograph: Samuel Corum/New York Times

Mitch McConnell’s ever-startled face could have been drawn by the cartoonist Tex Avery. The majority leader of the US Senate also does a vivid line in(...)

Barack Obama has kept a relatively low-profile since leaving office in January last year and has refrained from criticising his successor directly. However on Friday he spoke out at the University of Illinois in Urbana. Photograph: Daniel Acker/The New York Times

Former US president Barack Obama stepped back into the political fray on Friday, lambasting his successor Donald Trump for the first time since leavin(...)

US president Donald Trump reacts as pastor Paula White tells him she has a bible to give  him at a dinner hosted for evangelical leaders at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Donald Trump’s leaked remarks to evangelical leaders last month contained a telling choice of possessive pronoun: “I just ask you to go out and make s(...)

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