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 Pooja Mandagere (left) and Natalie Thompson celebrate  outside the US Supreme Court following the announcement of the ruling  that the constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.  Photograph: Doug Mills/the New York Times

US president Barack Obama hailed a Supreme Court ruling legalising same-sex marriage across the country as a “victory for America.” The ruling mean(...)

Lindsey Graham, a three-term senator from South Carolina, cited the increasing violence in the Middle East as motivation for his decision to run. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senator Lindsey Graham, a foreign policy hawk, has become the latest Republican to join the party’s fast-growing field of presidential candidates. Mr (...)

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, holding his grandson Chandler, as he formally launches his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event in Hope, Arkansas, on Tuesday. With Mr Huckabee is his wife Janet, holding granddaughter Scarlett. Photograph:  Mike Stone/Reuters

Republican Mike Huckabee entered the race for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination on Tuesday, looking to break out from an ever-widening field by(...)

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina: “I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works. I understand the world, who’s in it, how the world works.” Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

The 2016 US presidential field has grown, with Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of computer maker Hewlett Packard, and retired neurosurgeo(...)

Cuban president Raúl Castro shakes hands with US president Barack Obama during a meeting on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of state John Kerry has defended US president Barack Obama on two fiercely contested foreign policy fronts: Cuba and Iran. Mr Kerry s(...)

US senator Ted Cruz  with his wife Heidi Nelson Cruz and children at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Monday, after announcing his intention to run for president. Cruz’s wacko status is precisely  his appeal.  Photograph: Jay Paul/Bloomberg

Liberals, political reporters and people who revel in the general recurrent ridiculousness of American politics could not hide their delight in the ir(...)

US Republican senator Ted Cruz: he pushed his party to force a government shutdown in 2013 in an unsuccessful bid to deny funding to the Affordable Care Act, drawing the disapproval of Republican leaders and praise from the grassroots Tea Party. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Texas senator Ted Cruz, who has frequently clashed with leaders of his Republican Party, will announce on Monday that he plans to run for president, (...)

Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin: he surged ahead last weekend in an opinion poll in Iowa, a year before parties there nominate their candidates. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

When Republican governor Scott Walker proposed cutting another $300 million (€214 million) off the University of Wisconsin’s budget and told its teach(...)

US presidential race

The early stages of an American presidential race, as the field fills with the hopeless and the eccentric, can often seem more diverting than conseque(...)

Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee in the 2012 US presidential election, told donors that he is considering seeking the GOP candidacy for 2016. File photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

It’s only the second week in January in a non-election year and 22 months until the next US presidential ballot but already the challengers for the Re(...)

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