President-elect of the United States, Donald J Trump, and his wife Melania Trump arrive at Joint Base Andrews the day before his swearing in. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to come to the National Mall to witness Mr Trump being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Getty Images

Donald J Trump, the New York property mogul and reality television star, will today appear before his biggest audience as he is sworn in as the 45th p(...)

Barack Obama as he is sworn in on January 20th, 2009, as US president, on the same Bible used to swear in Abraham Lincoln. Photograph: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Abraham Lincoln: the 16th president of the United States

Donald J Trump will on Friday ascend the steps of Capitol Hill and utter an oath first sworn by George Washington in 1789. “I do solemnly swear that (...)

Security officials say 99 groups – for and against Donald Trump – plan to demonstrate in the US capital this weekend, including 63 on Friday, the day of the inauguration ceremony.

It’s either the dawn of a new, wonderful era for America or something between War of the Worlds and Armageddon – depending on your viewpoint. Eithe(...)

Marine Le Pen, FN leader and a candidate in France’s presidential election. “If we have peaceful relations between the US, France and Russia, it will be good for the entire world,” Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

If Marine Le Pen is elected president of France on May 7th, it will be because her binary view of the world is simple and easy to understand. The lea(...)

Seán Keating’s “Men of the West” Courtesy of the  Hugh Lane Gallery.

One of the definitive paintings of Ireland’s revolutionary period is Seán Keating’s Men of the West. It represents 1917 in the Fintan O’Toole series M(...)

Presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to use Twitter like a troll. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Nobody remembers the guy who spoke for two hours before Abraham Lincoln rose to his feet to deliver the Gettysburg Address. Few speeches have endure(...)

As iniquitous as it may seem, the vote of a college graduate/artist/creative/urban professional carries the exact same weight as that of someone living in a trailer park. Dems the rules. Photograph: Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters

In the event of Electoral Disappointment, please proceed immediately to the nearest high moral ground, wrap yourself in a cloak of racism/sexism/homop(...)

Seán O’Brien and Peter O’Mahony could have a big impact against the All Blacks if they are introduced from the bench. Photograph: Marcus Sheridan/Inpho

O Captain! My Captain! – Walt Whitman’s iconic poem about the untimely demise of American president Abraham Lincoln comes to mind. Oh Captain! My Cap(...)

Dead soldiers at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The men of the Irish 69th Pennsylvanians stopped the Confederate advance. Photograph: Timothy H O’Sullivan/Getty Images

Be wary of historians or writers who paint ethnic stereotypes. In a recent article in The Irish Times Brian Boyd cited events in Irish-American histor(...)

Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump  during his presidential town hall debate against Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton  at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 9th, 2016. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Things turn pretty nasty at the bottom of a barrel and the second US presidential debate raked new putrid depths that are being plumbed almost daily i(...)

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