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 Donald Trump at a campaign rally: during his speech to supporters in Raleigh, North Carolina, he praised Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for his skill in killing terrorists. Photograph: John Sommers II/Getty Images

What a week. And it should really have been Donald Trump’s week. Hillary Clinton was called “extremely careless” and “negligent” by FBI director James(...)

Activists protest near the Manhattan apartment of billionaire and Republican financier David Koch last June in New York City. The demonstrators were protesting against the campaign contributions by the billionaire Koch brothers. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

With just 646 days to go, the 2016 US presidential race is already starting up and the ring is packed with various Republicans vying to prove who is t(...)

US President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union speech before members of Congress on January 20th, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Barack Obama used his sixth annual State of the Union address last night to declare that the United States had turned the page on unpopular (...)

Affable US vice-president Joe Biden sweet-talked wives, cooed at children and kissed daughters. “I like kids better than people,” he was heard to say. Photograph: Reuters

Joe Biden has a mouth that can sometimes land him in hot water, but the jocular US vice-president came into his own at the Senate ceremonial swearing-(...)

Wake up and smell the bourbon: President Obama talks to journalists at the White House the day after the midterms. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

On January 3rd, 2008, Barack Obama scored a surprise victory, coming from behind to win the Iowa caucus in the race to become the Democratic presid(...)

US president Barack Obama meets his national security and public health teams in the Roosevelt Room at the White House yesterday. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

1. The voters are mad as hell...but Republicans are less crazy than before. Tuesday’s heavy losses by Democrats in the Senate, the House and governors(...)

 United States Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, waves to supporters with his wife Elaine Chao during his victory celebration at the Marriott East Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky yesterday. Photograph: Mark Lyons/EPA

US president Barack Obama suffered a heavy political defeat as Republicans won back the Senate from Democrats in the US midterm elections, giving the (...)

Republican candidate Joni Ernst on the campaign trail in Newton, Iowa. Her campaign ad about growing up on a pig farm clicked with voters. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Pigs and poultry. On such parochial issues can the make-up of national governments be decided, even in countries as large as the United States. They c(...)

In Colorado, sitting Democrat Mark Udall has been lambasted for his negative “war on women” ads against Republican congressman Cory Gardner. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Senate: Kentucky (Republican) Likely Republican hold Mitch McConnell – the would-be Senate majority leader if Republicans pick up the six seats they (...)

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, at the Harkin ‘steak fry’ in Indianola, Iowa. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Young

Hillary Clinton has sent another strong signal that she may run for the presidency in 2016 when she returned to the politically significant state o(...)

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