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US president Donald Trump listens during a briefing on the federal response to Hurricane Michael at the Oval Office on Wednesday. Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, with 155mph winds, making it  the strongest storm to hit the continental US since 2004. Photograph: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

Democrats may be more energised than Republicans to vote in next month’s mid-term elections in the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation (...)

 A cafe starts taking water in the town of Saint Marks as Hurricane Michael passes, in Florida, US. Photograph: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

Hurricane Michael crashed into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, flooding towns and ripping up trees with 249km/h winds and the potential for a deva(...)

US president Donald Trump shakes hands with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh at a ceremonial swearing in in the East Room of the White House. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

US president Donald Trump doubled down on his defence of Brett Kavanaugh as he apologised to the supreme court justice on behalf of the nation “for th(...)

Taylor Swift: “I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin colour, gender or who they love.” Photograph: John Shearer/Getty Images

Taylor Swift, the pop music titan who has been notably apolitical in turbulent political times, broke her silence Sunday and endorsed two Democratic c(...)

Senator Lindsey Graham  speaks to reporters after the final vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Saturday. The process brings to completion Graham’s transformation from Trump critic to Trump lackey. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

The battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was an especially ugly episode of a reality-show presidency that degrades almost eve(...)

 John Deasy: “Definite progress has been made in the last two or three weeks.” Photograph: Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There are renewed hopes in Government circles that an agreement granting visas to Irish citizens to live and work in the United States could be within(...)

Comedian Amy Schumer is led away after she was arrested during a protest against the proposed confirmation of supreme court nominee  Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Brett Kavanaugh is expected to be confirmed as a US supreme court justice this weekend after Republican senator Susan Collins said she would endorse h(...)

Comedian Amy Schumer (left) is led away after she was arrested during a protest against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Photograph: Getty

More than 300 protesters, including the comedian Amy Schumer, have been arrested at the US Capitol in Washington as they made a final, desperate appea(...)

 Protesters demonstrate against supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh outside the US supreme court  in Washington. Photograph: Getty Images

Brett Kavanaugh moved a step closer to becoming a supreme court justice yesterday after two key Republicans indicated they may support his nomination.(...)

Activists gather outside the US supreme court to hold a vigil in opposition to nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, US. Photograph: James Lawler Duggan/Reuters

The FBI’s report on sexual misconduct allegations against US supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh neared completion late on Wednesday as the battle (...)

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