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A Donald Trump during the Kansas state Republican caucus in 2016 in Wichita. Photograph: J Pat Carter/Getty Images

It’s just after 8pm on a warm June evening, and a crowd has gathered at the Finney County Fairgrounds in Garden City, Kansas. As the spectators soak (...)

Protesters chant with placards as US secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo  arrives to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Thursday. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state vowed to make the US a world leader in global diplomacy and help a demoralised state department find “it(...)

Ireland is hoping for a breakthrough on access to the US beef market this week, as Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed arrived in Washington on Sunday for a week-long trade mission

Ireland is hoping for a breakthrough on access to the US beef market this week, as Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed arrived in Washington on Sun(...)

Steven Mnuchin at his US Senate finance committee confirmation hearing on Thursday. Photograph: Bloomberg

Steven Mnuchin,  Donald Trump’s nominee to be US treasury secretary, clashed with Democrats over the business practices of the lender he once cha(...)

Hillary Clinton at Texas Southern University, Houston, where she delivered her most aggressive speech since she announced she was running for president.  Photograph: Pat Sullivan/AP Photo

Republican senator Ted Cruz was firing up conservatives gathered to support his colleague Pat Roberts, who was struggling to hold on to his US Senate (...)

Affable US vice-president Joe Biden sweet-talked wives, cooed at children and kissed daughters. “I like kids better than people,” he was heard to say. Photograph: Reuters

Joe Biden has a mouth that can sometimes land him in hot water, but the jocular US vice-president came into his own at the Senate ceremonial swearing-(...)

 United States Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, waves to supporters with his wife Elaine Chao during his victory celebration at the Marriott East Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky yesterday. Photograph: Mark Lyons/EPA

US president Barack Obama suffered a heavy political defeat as Republicans won back the Senate from Democrats in the US midterm elections, giving the (...)

In Colorado, sitting Democrat Mark Udall has been lambasted for his negative “war on women” ads against Republican congressman Cory Gardner. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Senate: Kentucky (Republican) Likely Republican hold Mitch McConnell – the would-be Senate majority leader if Republicans pick up the six seats they (...)

Donating millions of dollars to the election campaign coffers of Republican candidates, the Koch brothers attempt to influence policy in the direction of their agenda to lower taxes and limit the role of government. Photograph: Gordon M. Grant/The New York Times

In Wichita, Kansas, locals are reluctant to speak about Charles and David Koch, the conservative billionaire industrialists whom Republicans count (...)

Republican US senator Pat Roberts cradles a baby after speaking at a Conservative Revival in Gardner, Kansas. Photograph: Dave Kaup/Reuters

Herbie Hopper is standing on a busy roadside in Wichita, Kansas, holding one end of a large yellow flag. It shows a picture of a coiled rattlesnake(...)