Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett: Focus of the third supreme court confirmation hearing since Donald Trump’s election.  Photograph: Erin Scott

The confirmation hearing for US supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett begins on Monday in Washington, setting up an almost certain partisan battle i(...)

Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after being nominated to the US Supreme Court by US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty

Amy Coney Barrett has been nominated by US president Donald Trump to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the supreme court, paving the way for what promise(...)

Sil Fox at Dublin District Court. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I first heard about the allegation against Sil Fox when I was reporting Brendan Grace’s funeral in July 2019. Poor Sil, people said, dropping their vo(...)

Joe Biden  is known for being sometimes warmly, sometimes inappropriately, hands-on with men and women. What Reade accuses him of is a crime and seems completely out of character.  Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

One of my quarantine diversions was revisiting the first season of Mad Men, where women in the workplace were sexual playthings and where a young woma(...)

Democrat candidate Joe Biden: supporters point out he is  running on a much more progressive platform than is generally thought. Photograph: Tracie Van Auken

This week marked a year since former US vice-president Joe Biden entered the presidential race, launching his campaign in a union hall in Pittsburgh. (...)

US president Donald Trump on Tuesday. Dr Rick Bright, who led the US vaccine agency, says he was moved from his post after questioning a coronavirus treatment embraced by Trump. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

A senior US government doctor who worked on the search for a coronavirus vaccine has claimed he was fired after resisting Donald Trump’s push to use (...)

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders address supporters during a campaign rally in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 8th, 2020. Photograph:  Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty

The sun may be shining on this spring afternoon in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but you can feel the bracing wind blow in from Lake Michigan 50km away. Thi(...)

Under president Trump, there has been no shortage of scandal, intrigue or drama.  Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/CNP/Bloomberg

Once upon a time, I was completely and utterly besotted with American politics. As a teenager, I was so taken with Barack Obama’s message of hope and (...)

 US president Trump participates in the swearing-in ceremony of Brett Kavanaugh (R) as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, DC. File Photographh: Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images

Almost a year after Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a US supreme court justice, President Donald Trump’s controversial pick to join the highest court (...)

In the run-up to the release of this album, Sleater-Kinney were faced with a crisis of-sorts. The trio, who had been both progenitors and protagonists(...)

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