Met Gala 2021: Billie Eilish went full princess with her Oscar de la Renta dress, which she wore on condition that the brand stop using fur. Photograph: Nina Westervelt/New York Times

The United States is a relatively young country, and this year’s American fashioned-themed Met Gala seemed, in many ways, like a nod to that fact. The(...)

Then US president Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as the incumbent Republican senator Kelly Loeffler addresses a rally ahead of a Senate  runoff election  – which she lost – in Dalton, Georgia, on January 4th. Photograph:  Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images

Florida, as the ageists put it, is “where America goes to die”. It is also where the Republican Party goes that it might live again. From Palm Beach, (...)

US President Joe Biden participates in a  town hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photograph:  Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden said the US economy would come “roaring back” if Congress approved his $1.9 trillion fiscal stimulus plan, as he pledged to deliver widespre(...)

Spotting that short sellers had bet against GameStop, the Redditors piled into the stock. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA/File

“The French revolution of finance” is how Anthony Scaramucci described last week’s crazed goings-on at GameStop, the video game retailer that the fina(...)

Democratic senator  Elizabeth Warren urged Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate majority leader, to back higher payments. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/New York Times

Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday rallied behind a call from Donald Trump to increase the size of a $900 billion (€740 billion) stimulus package to bo(...)

President-elect Joe Biden: The urgency of beating Trump has kept the Democrats’ unstable compound of factions together in recent years. Without him, they are at liberty to squabble. Photograph: Andrew Harnik

My first thought was “only in Washington”. My second was “where can I get one?” As fans of Joe Biden cheered his election win near the White House two(...)

US senator Ed Markey raises hands with his wife, Susan Blumenthal, after speaking at a primary election night event at Malden Public Library on September 1st, 2020 in Malden, Massachusetts. Photograph: Allison Dinner/Getty Images

Senator Ed Markey staved off a Democratic primary challenge from Joe Kennedy III on Tuesday, the first time a member of the Kennedy family has lost a (...)

US president Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the presmumptive Democratic candidate in November’s election. Photographs: Jim Watson, Dominic Reuter//AFP via Getty Images

It is a scenario that the US state department has warned about the world over: an incumbent politician in a democracy with weak institutions tries to (...)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reading into the Congressional Record on Thursday a sexist vulgarity she says Republican Ted Yoho used to refer to her. Video grab: Reuters

Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday repeated an accusation that her Republican colleague Ted Yoho used a profane gender-based slur towards h(...)

‘There’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult,’ US Democratic Party politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said.

Climate change is bringing about a radical realignment in our moral thinking. If we have just a few years to save the planet, then reducing carbon emi(...)

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