US president Donald Trump appears in his first 2020 re-election campaign advertisement, as he kicked off his campaign for a second term in the White House. Photograph: Donald J. Trump For President, Inc/Handout via Reuters

US president Donald Trump will launch his re-election campaign on Tuesday in Florida when he holds his first rally of the 2020 presidential season. T(...)

Cautionary tale: Michael Cohen is the United States’ credulousness in extremis, its ugly bargains writ large. Illustration: Ben Wiseman/New York Times

Michael Cohen put his chips on, and faith in, someone who didn’t deserve it. He was dazzled. He was entertained. He wanted a patron. He needed a guide(...)

US president Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen and  Trump. Photograph: Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s long-time personal lawyer has said Mr Trump directed him to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 US presidential campaign becau(...)

US president Donald Trump descends from Air Force One on arrival at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida en route to his Mar-a-Lago estate. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

Donald Trump hit out at James Comey on Monday again following an explosive TV interview in which the former FBI director labelled the president “moral(...)

Former FBI director James Comey appears at an interview on ABC. Photograph: Ralph Alswang/ABC via AP

Former FBI director James Comey says he thinks Donald Trump is morally unfit to be the US president. In an interview with ABC News that aired on Sund(...)

Republican front-runner Donald Trump: “Paul [Ryan] said to me that he has never seen anything like it because I’m a non-politician and I beat very successful politicians. He was really fascinated by how I won.” Photograph: Rob Kerr/AFP/Getty Images

We are in one of those rare unharmonic convergences when reality is more absurd than satire. So I decided to dispense with satire and simply call Dona(...)

Donald Trump: criticised in tweets by Democratic mayor of New Jersey and Republican former governor of New York.   Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Businessman Donald Trump, the poll leader in the race to be Republican presidential nominee, has drawn fire again by claiming that “thousands and t(...)

Jenna Morris trims Nick Bonora’s hair at Bernadette’s Barbershop in  Lafayette, Indiana.  The store is one of several that display a sticker stating: “This business serves everyone.” Photograph: Nate Chute/Reuters

The national uproar over new religious freedom state laws has shown how the conflict between defenders of religious liberty and opponents of discri(...)

A building  damaged during a demonstration    in Missouri. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Images of blazing buildings and burning cars strewn on Ferguson’s streets and a “Seasons Greetings” banner hanging above heavily armed riot police enc(...)