US attorney general William Barr testifies before a Senate judiciary committee hearing on Wednesday on the Mueller report. Photograph: Aaron Bernstein/Reuters

US attorney general William Barr defended his handling of the Mueller investigation during a fiery appearance at a US Senate committee on Wednesday. (...)

Former US vice-president Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention in Pennsylvania in 2016. His aides he will not be dissuaded by the allegations from entering the presidential race. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the US House of Representatives, offered a measured defence of Joe Biden on Tuesday, arguing that the allegati(...)

US transportation secretary Elaine Chao  before the senate appropriations committee’s transportation subcommittee in Washington. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times

US transportation secretary Elaine Chao said on Wednesday it was “very questionable” why some safety features were not required on the Boeing 737 Max,(...)

 Storm clouds gathering: An American Airlines Boeing  737 Max 8 aircraft approaches  Miami International Airport in  Florida amid darkening conditions  on Tuesday.  Photograph: Scott McIntyre/Bloomberg

The US Senate Commerce Committee plans to hold a hearing into the fatal crashes of two Boeing Co 737 MAX 8 jets since October as a growing number of p(...)

US soldiers attend a training session for the Afghan army in  Afghanistan,  February 2nd, 2019 Photograph: EPA/Jalil Rezayee

Zhou Enlai’s supposed judgment on the French Revolution has always looked unbeatable for magisterial long-termism. “Too soon to tell,” the Chinese pre(...)

Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building at the Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Win McNamee/Pool via Reuters

Fighting to salvage his nomination to the US Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh angrily and tearfully denied on Thursday a university professor’s accusati(...)

Demonstrators protest against US supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the Rotunda of the Russell Senate Office building on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Republicans doubled down on their support for supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Monday after a second woman came forward and accused him of abu(...)

US supreme court nominee  Brett Kavanaugh:  Republicans and US president Donald Trump indicated  they would not ask the FBI to reopen a background investigation. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

The stand-off between Republicans and Democrats over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court continued on Wednesday as the woman at the cent(...)

US president Donald Trump talks with his nominee for the supreme court, Brett Kavanaugh,  at his nomination announcement in the East Room of the White House on July 9th. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

US supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of a 1982 sexual assault will be called to testify in the Senate next Monday, c(...)

Brett Kavanaugh:  Accusation of  sexual assault when the judge was a teenager has thrown his supreme court nomination process into disarray. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has defended his nominee for the supreme court as “one of the finest people I have ever known”, as he criticised Democrats f(...)

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