‘Well we’re going to have to see what happens: US president Donald Trump said at a Whitehouse press conference when asked about a peaceful transfer of power after election. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after November’s election — an unprecedented statement by a US president —(...)

People gather for a candelight vigil to pay their respects to the late US Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Saturday. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

At any time, the passing of a member of the United States supreme court is a significant moment in the country’s national life. Unlike in Ireland, whe(...)

Migrants waiting near the Paso del Norte Bridge at the Mexico-US border. Photograph: Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty

The Trump administration has scored a significant legal victory after the supreme court backed the US president’s move to limit asylum rights. The na(...)

US Customs and Border Patrol officials check the papers of a Venezuelan family asking for asylum on the international bridge between Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in July. Photograph: The New York Times

The United States supreme court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to bar most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the US, whi(...)

Workers building a border fence in a private property located in the limits of the US states of Texas and New Mexico taken from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico. Photograph: Herika Martinez/AFP/Getty

The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Trump administration to use billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build sections of a border wall (...)

Brett Kavanaugh, with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, answers questions during a Fox News interview on Monday. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Nominees for the United States supreme court don’t normally make themselves available for television interviews in the middle of their confirmation pr(...)

Donald Trump: Twenty months into the job, the US president has yet to grasp that the highest law of the United States is its constitution, not whoever occupies the Oval Office at any given moment. Photograph: Tom Brenner/NYT

President Donald Trump has never handled criticism well, but this past week has proved especially challenging. First came the portrait of Trump in a n(...)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego,” she said when asked for her view on    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump  in an interview on CNN. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

US supreme court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said she regrets ill-advisedly calling Republican presidential contender Donald Trump a “faker” and exp(...)

Abby Wambach holds the World Cup trophy after the USA’s  5-2 victory over Japan in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final in July in Vancouver, Canada. Photograph: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

After the final whistle sounded in last summer’s women’s World Cup final, as the United States celebrated its 5-2 victory over Japan, Abby Wambach ran(...)

“If he [Alan Shatter] is saying this court is not 100 per cent sound, then we have a much greater emergency than a backlog of civil cases  .  .  .  We have hundreds of people in jail who don’t belong there.”    Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government’s arguments for creating a Court of Appeal are “somewhere between incoherent and incomprehensible”, a constitutional lawyer has said. S(...)

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