Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell in the US Capitol in Washington, January 31st. Photograph: Epa/Shawn Thew

During a meeting with Donald Trump at Trump Tower in June 2016, with the opéra bouffe builder improbably heading toward the presidential nomination de(...)

President Donald Trump  got into the White House and began yanking the country back to the 1950s – on abortion, on climate change, on women’s rights, on regulations. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

I am not going to write “a beautiful letter” to Premier Trump, the kind he likes to get from fellow autocrats. But I have to give him credit for one t(...)

Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s ‘Vice’

Three years ago, Adam McKay, hitherto known for spit-out-your-Fanta comedies such as Step Brothers and Anchorman, devised an ingenious new class of st(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking to the media outside  Government Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

“Nobody will go hungry” in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar assured us during the week, even if those relying on supermarket read(...)

If Brexit and Donald Trump were the great harbingers of a turn towards enraged irrationality in 2016, the nakedness of their claims will be abundantly clear in 2019. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/ AFP/Getty Images

In his Reflections on the Human Condition, the American blue-collar philosopher Eric Hoffer wrote that “unpredictability, too, can become monotonous.”(...)

US first lady Melania Trump arrives to attend a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Pool Photo via AP

She bad-mouthed the US defence secretary. She was the hatchet woman for John Bolton, the famously combative national security adviser, and drove out s(...)

Ireland’s 2001-2002 membership of the UN Security Council, dominated by the response to the 9/11 attacks, was the last time Ireland held one of its 10 non-permanent seats.

Richard Ryan, Ireland’s permanent representative at the United Nations, was preparing for the second week of the Irish month-long presidency of the UN(...)

Former US first lady Barbara Bush. ‘She was the ungainly, insecure daughter of an austere, beautiful mother who put her down.’ Photograph: Reuters

Barbara Bush was an expert at throwing shade, even before the term existed. When Congressman Dan Rostenkowski gave the then US first lady a shampoo fo(...)

Former US president George W Bush with John Bolton in 2005,  a fervent believer in pre-emptive war. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

It’s unnerving covering a president who is treated like a boy king, requiring minders; who is easily swayed because he is underinformed; who can sit s(...)

You haven’t escaped yet. Before awards season closes down for a month or two – it’s now almost as long as the football season – we beg your indulgence(...)

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