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US vice-president Kamala Harris reads to her audience at a signing event for her children’s book Superheroes Are Everywhere. Photograph: Michael Tullberg/Getty

It might be more than three months since Donald Trump left the White House, but the legacy of fake news and alternative facts he left behind continues(...)

Joe Biden: “Better times are ahead – you can have a safe and happy fourth of July . . . the real question is how much death disease and misery we’re going to see before now and then.”  Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg

All adults in the United States will be eligible to receive a vaccine by April 19th, US president Joe Biden announced on Tuesday, as the vaccine rollo(...)

 Yadiel Garcia and his father Fabricio, from Honduras,  pray during a migrant demonstration demanding clearer United States migration policies, at San Ysidro crossing port in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico. Photograph: Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images

A developing situation at the US-Mexico border may present Joe Biden with one of the earliest challenges of his presidency. In recent weeks there has (...)

 A drone view of cars lining up for  water distribution at the Fountain Life Center  in Houston, Texas, on Saturday. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty

President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaration for the state of Texas on Saturday as it struggles with the fallout from a winter storm that(...)

 Residents help a pickup driver get out of ice on the road in Round Rock, Texas, after a winter storm. Photograph: Suzanne Cordeiroo/AFP via Getty Images

Climate and energy policies moved to the top of the agenda in the United States this week as vast swathes of the country were hit by a severe cold sna(...)

People charge their cell phones and warm up inside a vehicle near Austin, Texas, on Tuesday. Photograph: New York Times

A severe winter storm engulfing Texas and nearby states was the type of extreme weather event that climate change is triggering, rejecting assertions (...)

Early voters queue to cast their ballots in the US presidential election at Temple Terrace public library in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

It’s midday in Portland, Oregon, and polling station queues are nowhere to be seen. Here, in the first state in the US to introduce statewide postal v(...)

Democratic presidential nominee  Joe Biden and US president Donald Trump. Each side is convinced that the victory of the other spells the end of the republic, so the contest turns into a competition of terminal nightmares. Photographs: Angela Weiss and Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

A moment of truth is at hand. Or perhaps a trial of strength, not just between two mutually and grievously hostile political tribes, but of the fortit(...)

 A woman waves an American flag as president Trump supporters watch the presidential debate at the Trump Victory Campaign center in Katy, Texas. Photograph:  Mark Felix/AFPGetty Images

In many ways Texas epitomises a certain idea of America – a land of cowboys and Stetsons, and a tradition of proud small-government individualism. Th(...)

Satellite image showing Hurricane Laura reaching the coasts of Louisiana and Texas on Wednesday evening. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

Hurricane Laura ripped through southwestern Louisiana on Thursday, destroying buildings in towns across the southwestern corner of the state and ki(...)

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