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The US Capitol early on Friday. Despite an attempt by Rand Paul to slow down the process, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation to continue to fund the government and lift strict budget caps. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

For the second time in three weeks the US slipped into a government shutdown after Republican senator Rand Paul made a one-man protest against the pro(...)

US house speaker Paul Ryan: has been invited to visit Ireland next January for the centenary of the first sitting of the Dáil. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Part of the job of Irish embassies is to host visiting delegations from the Oireachtas as they pass through the US capital. This week was particularl(...)

US House speaker Paul Ryan  answers questions  in Washington, DC. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

This week saw the inner workings – some would say dysfunction – of the US Congress fully on display, as the US slipped into its second government shut(...)

A view of the Capitol through a Senate office building. The federal government on Friday shut down for the second time so far this year. Photograph: The New York Times

The US government is set to reopen after the House of Representatives passed a spending Bill in an early morning vote, bringing to an end the second U(...)

Speaker of the house Paul Ryan was one of those in congress with whom the Dáil delegation spoke.

Representatives of the Dáil committee on budgetary oversight arrived in Washington this week for meetings with members of congress and the Congression(...)

US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell walks from his office to the floor after a meeting with Republicans in the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

The United States Senate agreed a bipartisan budget deal on Wednesday, though doubts remained about whether it would pass the House of Representatives(...)

US president Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One in Lewisburg, West Virginia where he addressed Republican members of Congress at a retreat. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

The White House is expected to release a controversial memo on Friday in a move that threatens to escalate tensions with the FBI. US president Donald (...)

Donald Trump shakes hands with Martin Luther King Centre president Isaac Newton Farris in the White House on Friday before the US president signed a proclamation to honour Martin Luther King Day. Photograph: EPA

An alleged description of African and other countries as “shitholes” by Donald Trump prompted outrage on Friday, even as the US president appeared to (...)

 US president Donald  Trump speaks at Camp David, Maryland, US. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Pool/EPA

US president Donald Trump renewed his attacks on author Michael Wolff at a news conference on Saturday, denouncing his book, Fire and Fury: Inside the(...)

President Donald Trump “has a need for immediate gratification”, according to Wolff. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, a former director of Bank of Ireland, was ridiculed in the Trump White House for “never missing an Air Force One op(...)

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