Howard Dean  in Dublin last week: the former US Democratic presidential candidate paints Donald Trump as a racist, a provocateur and a narcissist obsessed with his public profile. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The former US Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean believes the party’s chances of winning back the White House in 2020 rest on appealing to(...)

Impeached: President Bill Clinton, watched by his wife, Hillary, rejects allegations of improper behaviour with Monica Lewinsky. Photograph: Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News via Getty First lady Hillary Clinton stands by her man in 1998:  president Bill Clinton shakes his finger as he denies improper behaviour with Monica Lewinsky.  Photograph: Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News via Getty Images

For US politics junkies the current climate in Washington is irresistibly compelling. Rolling coverage of Donald Trump dominates cable news channels, (...)

People hold protest signs while participating in the Power to the Polls rally in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

A year after millions of women and men demonstrated in cities around the globe in an extraordinary rebuke of Donald Trump, crowds returned to the stre(...)

Democratic senator  Kirsten Gillibrand, who described a tweet about her by US president Donald Trump as a “sexist smear”.  Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand has accused Donald Trump of a “sexist smear” after the US president attacked her personally following her call for(...)

Senator  Al Franken (centre) and his wife Franni Bryson with others:   Mr  Franken will be resigning after being accused of sexual harassment. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Alan Simpson was appalled by the injustice of it all. Back in 1991, during the incendiary Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, the salty Republican s(...)

Democratic senator from Minnesota Al Franken has said he would co-operate with a senate ethics investigation into his behaviour. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Half of the Democrats in the US Senate on Wednesday called for fellow party member senator Al Franken of Minnesota to resign after new allegations of (...)

 Matt Lauer on the set of the “Today” show in New York. NBC News fired the longtime host for “inappropriate sexual behaviour.” Photograph: Nathan Congleton/NBC via AP

Americans woke on Wednesday morning to the news that NBC anchor Matt Lauer had been fired by his network over allegations of inappropriate sexual beha(...)

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, who has said he will oppose the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US president Barack Obama’s hopes of preserving the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers have been dealt a setback with the announcement by C(...)

 President Barack Obama: stressed that there was no alternative to the deal. Photograph: Getty Images

The tough negotiations leading to a nuclear deal with Iran may have concluded in Vienna, but the hard work on selling the agreement to sceptical Repub(...)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: treatment of her in the halls of Capitol Hill shows even the highest offices in the land are not immune from sexual harassment that is common against women elsewhere in American society. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior Democratic senator from New York, sparked a flurry of watercooler chatter, talkshow outrage and online indignation in t(...)

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