House speaker Nancy Pelosi last week announced that the House was beginning an impeachment inquiry. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images.

The White House is preparing to formally object to Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, saying it will not cooperate with the investigation because it was (...)

Proposed taxes would help fund another progressive initiative that US president Barack  Obama announced earlier this month: two years of free community college education for an estimated nine million students. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP Photo/Getty Images

President Barack Obama will on Tuesday night use his state of the union address, the annual declaration of his legislative hopes, to rally support for(...)

 In the first State of the Union address after the September 2001 attacks on the US, President George W  Bush branded Iraq, Iran and North Korea as “an axis of evil”, adding that “by seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger”. These words later haunted Republicans after Bush was found to have invaded Iraq on a false premise. File photograph:  Win McNamee/Reuters

The annual State of the Union speech to the joint session of Congress gives the US president an opportunity to underscore past policy achievements and(...)

US president Barack Obama speaks at the opening ceremony of the George W Bush Presidential Centre in Dallas, Texas. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

People sit around a fountain basking in the Texan sunshine as a sculptor chisels the names of the board of directors into a stone at the entran(...)