President Donald Trump’s drive to overhaul the US tax code cleared a critical hurdle on Thursday when the Senate approved a budget blueprint for the 2(...)

Political couple: Jane and Bernie Sanders in Los Angeles in 2015. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

It’s late September in the picturesque city of Burlington, in Vermont, and the famous New England fall is not yet in its full autumnal glory. Along th(...)

Trump on tax: the US president talks to members of Congress at the White House. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Last week Donald Trump demanded that Congress move quickly to enact his tax-reform plan. But so far he has not, in fact, offered any such plan. Not on(...)

 An astounding number of voters have been asked for their vote personally by the candidates, election studies show, and moreover, asking more voters for their vote increases a candidate’s chances of being elected. Photograph: Alan Betson

Politics is increasingly unpredictable, electoral politics especially so. Most recent elections have produced surprise results. Opinion polls provide (...)

Then Democratic presidential candidates  Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton take part in a debate  at Wynn Las Vegas hotel in October 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

As the United States continues to focus on the hurricanes battering the Gulf of Mexico and the latest tensions between Donald Trump and the Republican(...)

Brian Reilly: “We are wholly confident that this initiative can be achieved, and on an ethical basis, especially following last week’s successful meetings in New York.”

Plans to establish a benevolent vulture fund in Ireland, which would buy up €5 billion of distressed mortgages and let the properties back to the occu(...)

Silicon Valley housing is priced well beyond the reach of the average worker. Photograph: iStock

The city of East Palo Alto, a wedge of modest houses and light industrial sites in the heart of Silicon Valley, has been passed by in the great tech b(...)

Al Gore attends the UK premiere of  ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ at  Somerset House in London earlier this month.  Photograph:  Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Just over 10 years ago, An Inconvenient Truth, featuring former US vice-president Al Gore, opened in cinemas. Jollied along by Gore’s now well-travell(...)

‘The alt-right have committed significant violence since the turn of this century, far more than the Antifa, but the opposition cannot stoop to the same kind of tactics and retain any kind of moral authority.’ Photograph: Edu Bayer/The New York Times

Donald Trump was wrong to imply a moral equivalence between the white supremacists and those who gathered to oppose them in Charlottesville, Virginia.(...)

Trump supporters:  Forty-two per cent of American adults are classified as white working class. For two decades they have seen incomes shrink in favour, as they see it, of welfare recipients, “identity groups”, graduates and the rich.

Did I tell you Donald Trump is a vulgar, foul-mouthed, meat-faced, 71-year-old redneck buffoon? To be honest, he is a fossil-fuel guzzling, Big Mac-ea(...)