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As Senator Al Franken looks on, Senator Chris Coons speaks during a meeting of the US Senate judiciary committee  to discuss  the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the supreme court. Photograph: Reuters/Aaron P Bernstein

The nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the US supreme court looks to be heading for a showdown in Congress as Democrats secured enough votes to block his a(...)

Michael Flynn: Donald Trump’s former  national security adviser has “a story to tell” amid reports that Flynn is willing to testify about ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The controversy over US president Donald Trump’s ties with Russia deepened on Friday as his former national security adviser offered to testify at two(...)

 US speaker of the House Paul Ryan: forced into ignominious retreat last week. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

As the Republican Party’s grand plan to repeal and replace Obamacare went up in flames on Friday last week, the finger-pointing began. Nothing during(...)

White House press secretary Sean Spicer: “The count keeps getting stronger for us,” he told    White House briefing. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The US House of Representatives is due to vote on a landmark bill to reform the nation’s healthcare system on Thursday in a vote that will be the firs(...)

Neil Gorsuch testifies during the second day of his Senate hearing. The judge’s nomination to the Supreme Court is expected to be confirmed. Photograph:  Justin Sullivan/Getty

Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said “no man is above the law” as he vowed to stand up, if necessary, to the man who nominated him t(...)

Attendees wear cardboard “faceboxes” at the SXSW interactive festival in Austin. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Ireland’s trade delegation may have spent more time than they’d have liked allaying fears over Brexit at SXSW Festival 2017 in Austin, Texas over the (...)

Donald Trump in the White House. The new US president will makes his first address to Congress on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

The hallowed halls of US Congress have witnessed plenty of drama in their time. In 1890, a congressman from Kentucky was shot and killed by a journal(...)

White House press secretary Sean Spicer: “The law is the law.” Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The issuance this week of new guidelines on immigration by the US department of homeland security marks the latest step by US president Donald Trump’s(...)

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, centre: Gen Flynn was dismissed by President Donald Trump on Monday. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump condemned a New York Times and CNN report claiming that senior Trump administration officials had been in frequent contact w(...)

Former White House security adviser Michael Flynn. There are suggestions he could face prosecution, amid reports that the FBI interviewed him during his first few days in the role. Photograph:  Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

 The Trump administration suffered its first high-profile casualty after the country’s top security official was forced to resign in a controvers(...)

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