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US president-elect Joe Biden: His strong performance in the suburbs was the big positive for Democrats in this election. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski

As Joe Biden prepares to become the 46th president of the United States and the dust settles on last week’s elections, attention is turning to the per(...)

Family and local supporters of President-elect Joe Biden gather in Market Square to celebrate. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/The New York Times

As America turned slowly blue, Ballina held its breath. Was it really possible that Joe Biden, considered a native son of this Co Mayo town , albeit f(...)

Zana Zee Keough: ’Generation Z and the Millennials are both moving politics to the left. In Ireland and America. Both generations are politically active and engaged.’

I never expected my vote to end up in a Supreme Court challenge that could decide the US election. But it looks like that is where it’s headed. This (...)

Democratic presidential nominee  Joe Biden and US president Donald Trump. Each side is convinced that the victory of the other spells the end of the republic, so the contest turns into a competition of terminal nightmares. Photographs: Angela Weiss and Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

A moment of truth is at hand. Or perhaps a trial of strength, not just between two mutually and grievously hostile political tribes, but of the fortit(...)

In a Word . . .

I have a weakness for off-the-cuff political wit. A master, of course, was Winston Churchill. For instance, when an MP blurted angrily, “Mr Churchill,(...)

A woman walks past a cafe on Main Street, Cavan, on Thursday, as counties Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan  move to Level 4 of the Government’s Living with Covid-19 plan. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The nine most terrifying words in the English language, US president Ronald Reagan famously said, are: “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.(...)

US president Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up from the Truman Balcony upon his return to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he underwent treatment for Covid-19. File photograph: Getty

The extraordinary events of the past 10 days, during which US president Donald Trump was hospitalised for coronavirus treatment and then returned to t(...)

The steady influx of women into the labour market became vital to sustaining growth in household living standards. Photograph: iStock

In 1961, Elmer Winter, co-founder of American temp agency Manpower, published A Woman’s Guide to Earning a Good Living. He wanted to persuade married (...)

It will be the first time the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, left, and US president Donald Trump  face each other on the debate stage. Photographs: Jim Watson, Brendan Smialowski/ AFP via Getty

US president Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden are due to arrive in Ohio on Tuesday, ahead of the first presidential debate of the 2020 (...)

Joe Biden with Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in 2016. Biden has already established that his great-grandfather came from Louth and his great-great-great grandfather from Mayo. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

If Joe Biden were elected president of the United States in November he would be the eighth out of the last 12 US presidents, since Kennedy in 1960, w(...)

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