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About two weeks ago my father became a cyborg. A “pocket” was cut into the skin of his chest and a combination pacemaker/defibrillator implanted. Wire(...)

This budget cuts Medicaid by more than $1 trillion over 10 years – which would throw some 15 million Americans off of the health insurance they currently have. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

After failing to pass a “healthcare” Bill that would have thrown up to 32 million Americans off of health insurance, a Bill that was more unpopular th(...)

Trump on tax: the US president talks to members of Congress at the White House. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Last week Donald Trump demanded that Congress move quickly to enact his tax-reform plan. But so far he has not, in fact, offered any such plan. Not on(...)

Wolf Blass packaging manager Michael Byron in Adelaide: ‘Our wines can take three months to get from our warehouses to stores in Ireland’.

Irishman Michael Byron is packaging manager at the Wolf Blass Packaging Centre, in the Barossa Valley, South Australia, where he lives with his wife a(...)

Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher: the connection between them secured the return of the ideal of the free market.  Photograph: Sipa Press/REX Shutterstock

It was a love affair – platonic, but a love affair, all the same. As a former US diplomat put it, President Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were “(...)

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Governor's Dinner in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 26, 2017.  REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

He was supposed to be leading a revolt against America’s elites. In practice Donald Trump is laying out a banquet for their delectation. The Trump Whi(...)

Jeff Sessions has become the top law enforcement officer in the US as attorney general. File photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

Alabama senator Jeff Sessions has been confirmed as the new US attorney general, despite fierce Democratic opposition over his record on civil rights (...)

Final preparations are underway ahead the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th president of the US. Photograph: Samad Jewel/AFP/Getty Images

As Donald Trump prepares to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, we asked Irish readers living there to tell us how they (...)

Demonstrators  at a rally in support of Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act in Denver, Colorado,  on Sunday. Photograph: Chris Schneider/AFP/Getty Images

US president-elect Donald Trump has pledged to replace Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law – one of the centrepiece promises of his presidential (...)

One of the more unsettling features of a small open economy is being buffeted by matters beyond your control. In that context, the stated intention of(...)

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