US senator Joe Manchin is one of 10 Democrats defending Senate seats in states that Donald Trump won in 2016. Photograph:  Michael Mathes/ AFP/ Getty Images

The leaves are beginning to turn in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. Here, just west of the Shenandoah River in West Virginia a key battle(...)

A gender neutral bathroom in Washington, DC. Barack Obama’s administration on May 13th told US public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Officials from 11 US states sued president Barack Obama’s administration on Wednesday, seeking to overturn a directive from the federal government tha(...)

 US president Barack Obama announcing a  plan  to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from  coal-burning power plants. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Obama administration has vowed to override states that refuse to accept its new climate goals by mandating how they should achieve emissions cuts,(...)