President Donald Trump with, from right, Dan Patrick, Texas attorney general Ken Paxton and Senator Dawn Buckingham after arriving in Austin, Texas, in January. Paxton filed a lawsuit that seeks to overturn state victories by president-elect Joe Biden. Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/ The New York Times

Anyone who has observed Donald Trump over the past four years will not be surprised at the US president’s behaviour since the election. He had warne(...)

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden at a rally in Monaca, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

The two presidential candidates made a last-minute scramble for votes in the battleground state of Pennsylvania on the eve of election day on Monday, (...)

Edel Thornton pictured at the launch of the 2013-14 Irish basketball season. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Edel Thornton isn’t your average Irish athlete. In fact, she isn’t your average basketball player either. Picking up basketball wasn’t exactly the fir(...)

 US president Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden: The average of national polls run by Real Clear Politics has put Biden’s lead at about nine percentage points. Photograph:  Jim Watson, Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

US election day has arrived, with polls showing Democratic candidate Joe Biden with a decisive lead in the popular vote. But with the memory of Donald(...)

US president Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up from the Truman Balcony upon his return to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he underwent treatment for Covid-19. File photograph: Getty

The extraordinary events of the past 10 days, during which US president Donald Trump was hospitalised for coronavirus treatment and then returned to t(...)

 Stephen Miller tested positive on Tuesday, joining the many members of the White House staff who are now self-isolating following diagnoses for the virus. File photograph:  EPA/Chris Kleponis/ Pool

Doctors treating Donald Trump for coronavirus delivered an upbeat assessment of the US president’s progress on Wednesday, as senior adviser Stephen Mi(...)

People queue to vote early in the US presidential election at the Fairfax County government centre in Virginia on September 18th. Photograph: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Outside the Fairfax County government centre, long socially-distant queues have formed since early morning. The polling site in northern Virginia ope(...)

 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(...)

Considering the benefits of modern-day sanitation, vaccinations and healthcare, the likelihood of getting sick from our shoes is ‘infinitesimally small as to almost be unwarranted’. Photograph: iStock

Maybe you kick off your shoes at home because you don’t want to track dirt across clean carpets or floors, or maybe it’s just a relief to shed them. (...)

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(...)

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