Comedian Amy Schumer is led away after she was arrested during a protest against the proposed confirmation of supreme court nominee  Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Brett Kavanaugh is expected to be confirmed as a US supreme court justice this weekend after Republican senator Susan Collins said she would endorse h(...)

 Protesters demonstrate against supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh outside the US supreme court  in Washington. Photograph: Getty Images

Brett Kavanaugh moved a step closer to becoming a supreme court justice yesterday after two key Republicans indicated they may support his nomination.(...)

 Senator Jeff Flake demanded one week’s delay in exchange for supporting Brett Kavanaugh. Photograph: Erin Schaff/ The New York Times

A dramatic last-minute demand by Republican senator Jeff Flake prompted US president Donald Trump to order an FBI investigation into his supreme court(...)

Judge Brett Kavanaugh   shakes hands with President Donald Trump after being nominated to the US supreme court in the East Room of the White House on Monday. Photograph:  Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh has been nominated by US president Donald Trump to replace Anthony Kennedy on the US supreme court, in a m(...)

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh shakes hands with US President Donald Trump in the White House in Washington, US. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters.

Brett Kavanaugh has been nominated by US president Donald Trump to replace Anthony Kennedy on the US supreme court, in a move that is likely to secure(...)

A protestors holds a placard that reads “We will be Watching You, Betsy DeVos” outside US Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Photograph: Mike Nelson/EPA

All week the adverts have been flashing thick and fast across television screens, urging people to lobby their Senate representatives to vote for – or(...)

US president Donald Trump praised his education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos on Twitter: “She is going to be a great Education Sec for our kids!” Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Pool/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary was confirmed by the narrowest of margins on Tuesday, in an illustration of the deepening (...)

Democrats are eager to block   Donald Trump’s plans to appoint judge  Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court. Photograph:  Stephen Crowley/New York Times

Donald Trump is threatening the biggest showdown of his nascent presidency after he urged the Senate’s Republican leader to “go nuclear” if Democrats (...)

People queue in Arlington, Virginia, US, for a lottery to win free healthcare. Congressional Republicans have completed the first step  towards their long-promised repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act, known as Obamacare. File photograph: Getty Images

Congressional Republicans completed the first step on Friday towards their long-promised repeal of Obamacare, and now must find a way to unravel the m(...)