Mick Mulvaney

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House Speaker Paul Ryan is newly relaxed about deficits he once saw as the beggaring of American youth. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

Nothing dates the 1990s as much as the conscientiousness of its public life. The US agonised over scandals that would struggle for air time now. Opera(...)

A rally supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), or the Dream Act, outside the US Capitol building in Washington, DC on Sunday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The US government shutdown is entering its third day as Republicans were forced to abandon a planned vote late on Sunday in the absence of sufficient (...)

Senate minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the Republicans had failed to lead, despite controlling Congress and the White House. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US senators were preparing for a late-night vote on Sunday in a last-ditch effort to end the government shutdown, as both parties continued to blame t(...)

The stand-off has caused president Donald Trump to cancel his planned departure on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago on Friday afternoon. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Frantic negotiations were continuing in Washington on Friday in a bid to avoid a government shutdown, as politicians raced to secure enough votes for (...)

Author Michael Wolff: nearly everyone in the White House who spoke to him for his book, Fire and Fury, thought someone else had approved their participation. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Author Michael Wolff’s pitch to the White House to win co-operation for his book included a working title that signalled a sympathetic view and a coun(...)

 Mick Mulvaney (on left) leaves the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  building in Washington on Monday. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The White House brought doughnuts and diktats to an extraordinary public struggle for control of a banking watchdog on Monday as President Donald Trum(...)

Mick Mulvaney was appointed by the White House as acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency he has described as a “sick joke”. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

The White House is preparing for a legal battle for control of the top US consumer finance watchdog, with two rival acting heads expected to appear at(...)

Paschal Donohoe: the Minister says the Government will examine the use of the so-called “Single Malt” tax structure that is being used by large multinationals to reduce their tax bill. Photograph: Gareth Chaney / Collins

The Government is to examine the use of the so-called “Single Malt” tax structure that is being used by large multinationals to reduce their tax bill,(...)

Kevin Brady, Republican head of the House ways and means committee, which is drafting a tax reform bill. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Millions of US citizens working overseas could see their tax bills lowered by an overhaul of the tax system as Republicans eye the elimination of a re(...)

House speaker Paul Ryan is expected to meet Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and US special envoy John Deasy this week. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

A fresh move is under way by the Government to secure a deal for Irish immigrants to the United States amid expectations that the US Congress will pre(...)

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