Republican senator Martha McSally   speaking on Wednesday during a Senate armed services committee  hearing on sexual assault in the military. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

US senator Martha McSally, the first female combat pilot in the US air force, has said she was raped by a superior officer but did not report it becau(...)

US president Donald Trump with former taoiseach Enda Kenny at  a St Patrick’s Day reception in  the White House in Washington in  2017. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Enda Kenny did not appear to like US president Donald Trump as much as he liked House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan, at least if the value of t(...)

Nancy Pelosi reacts as she is confirmed Speaker of the House during the 116th Congress and swearing-in ceremony.

US stock index futures ticked higher Friday as the US House of Representatives passed legislation in an effort to end a government shutdown and China-(...)

Nancy Pelosi in the US House of Representatives on Thursday shortly before her election as speaker. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

On a day of pomp and pageantry, ebullient Democrats assumed control of the US House of Representatives on Thursday and elected Nancy Pelosi to be spe(...)

“Democrats are taking action to lead our country out of this mess,” Nancy Pelosi, above, and top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Democrats in the US House of Representatives plan to vote on Thursday on a funding package to end the 10-day-old partial US government shutdown, witho(...)

One possible pitfall for Ireland is that South Korea may also want its citizens to be included in the visa scheme which is currently only available to Australia.

A possible Senate vote on a proposal to extend the E3 visa scheme to Irish citizens is likely to be delayed, as the US Capitol focuses on memorials fo(...)

 A White House intern reaches for and tries to take away the microphone held by CNN correspondent Jim Acosta as he questions US president Donald Trump during a news conference at the White House  on November 7th. File photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The White House on Monday said it had made a final decision to restore press credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta, ending a court fight, the netwo(...)

Somali-American Ismail Mohamed from Columbus, Ohio, is out to connect the Democratic Party with Ohio’s Somali community.

Ismail Mohamed’s life could have turned out very differently. Born in 1992, when civil war raged across Somalia, his family and he were forced to live(...)

Carole King on Trump: “I don’t even like using his name.” Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

At her home in rural Idaho, Carole King is having some difficulty saying the president’s name. “Trump,” she manages eventually, her accent still pure (...)

John McCain climbed from depths of despair as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Photograph: Zach Gibson/The New York Times

John McCain was an essential element of the United States’s political conversation for half a century, an ever-present figure eager to challenge frien(...)

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