Kamala Harris visits South Carolina, one of the states to hold early Democratic primaries. Harris and other Democrats hoping to secure the party’s nomination for 2020 have made the state a priority. Photograph: Reuters/Elijah Nouvelage

It’s just after lunchtime on a rainy Saturday afternoon, and more than an hour before her scheduled appearance at the Brookland Health and Wellness Ce(...)

 Kamala Harris    –  already living down her past as a prosecuting attorney. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty

At some point, any able-bodied Democrat who does not run for US president will have searching questions to answer about their self-esteem. Declared a(...)

US vice-president Mike Pence and House speaker Nancy Pelosi flank Donald Trump as the US president delivers his State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump appealed to Congress to end “decades of political stalemate” as he made a call for unity in his annual State of the Union ad(...)

Donald Trump giving his state of the union address to Congress at the Capitol in Washington on January  30th, 2018. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump will deliver his second state of the union address Tuesday night. The speech was originally scheduled for last month, but wa(...)

Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee: “The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values.” Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

California senator Kamala Harris has become the latest Democrat to announce a run for the US presidency, joining an already crowded field ahead of nex(...)

 Katie Hill, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,  Lauren Underwood  and Angie Craig: tracked Mitch McConnell to petition him to have a vote to reopen the government. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/New York Times

After I’d been writing a column for a few years, a male boss gave me a T-shirt depicting the Furies swooping. He didn’t mean it as a compliment. The(...)

Former Democratic senator and presidential hopeful Gary Hart: “I bear a very heavy burden of responsibility.” Photograph: Nick Cote/The New York Times

As we fantasise about a parallel universe, where America is not a joke and our president cares about other human beings, the same questions keep swirl(...)

Former US vice-president Joe Biden fuelled speculation this week that he could be preparing for a presidential run when he delivered a speech at the r(...)

Actor Cynthia Nixon:  in her campaign to be New York’s first woman governor, she has slumped  behind incumbent Andrew Cuomo. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty

Voters in New York go to the polls on Thursday in what promises to be one of the most closely watched primary races of the year. Like many establishe(...)

Immigration activists hold up signs during rally to protest against the Trump administration’s immigration policy outside the White House in Washingtonon Saturday. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

After a day of mass demonstrations against Donald Trump’s family separations policy and calls by prominent Democrats to abolish the federal Immigratio(...)

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