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Republican US presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump, when asked by  Piers Morgan about British prime minister David Cameron’s view of his proposal to bar Muslims from the US as “divisive, stupid and wrong”,  said “it looks like we’re not going to have a very good relationship”. File photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has hit back at his critics by saying he was “not stupid” in response to remarks by British prim(...)

 Donald Trump:  tensions between him and Paul Ryan continue to fester  over the pivotal role at the   Cleveland convention, where Mr Trump will presumably be named as presidential nominee. Photograph: Ted S Warren/AP Photo

Divisions among Republicans over Donald Trump’s takeover have deepened with Paul Ryan, the party’s highest elected official, saying he would step asid(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: in September he proposed reducing the highest income-tax rate to 25 per cent from the current 39.6 per cent rate but says this could change. Photograph: Elaine Thompson/AP Photo

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Sunday he is open to raising taxes on wealthy Americans, backing off his prior proposal to r(...)

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: on some foreign policy issues, it’s Hillary the Hawk against Donald the Quasi-Dove. Photographs: Damon Winter/Zach Gibson/The New York Times

It seems odd, in this era of gender fluidity, that we are headed toward the most stark X versus Y battle since Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Donal(...)

Ted Cruz: trying to stop Donald Trump getting the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination in July. Photograph: Brendan Bannon/The New York Times

Republican US presidential hopeful Ted Cruz won all 14 delegates at stake on Saturday in Wyoming. Mr Cruz is trying to prevent Mr Trump from obtaini(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: “The most enjoyable thing about the Trump phenomenon has been watching him make monkeys out of a lot of people who had it coming.”   Photograph: Robert F Bukaty/AP

Here’s why the Trump campaign is wicked fun: I watched Donald Trump in New York for decades, as a bachelor swanning, a party fixture mingling, a maste(...)

Winners take it all: Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell and Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan were both elected in Dublin Bay South. Photograph: Eric Luke

Just as Kevin Humphreys was adjusting to the loss of his seat, the former Labour minister tweeted a photograph of a cute dog, perched on the shoreline(...)

US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on stage during a primary night rally in Concord, New Hampshire. Photograph: Getty Images

There’s a masterly, nakedly honest quote that is not wheeled out often enough. It should be, particularly during the topsy-turvy, down-the-rabbit-hole(...)

Ballot Paper. More women than ever will be on ballot papers as a result of gender quotas. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A letter from a group of feminists appeared in US periodical the Nation in February 2008. The feminists had gathered for coffee and cakes and other fe(...)

Sarah Palin and Donald Trump: “When Palin turned out to be utterly unqualified and unintelligible, spouting her own special Yoda-like language, it did not reflect poorly on women as a whole – only on her and John McCain.” Photograph: Cassi Alexandra/Bloomberg

It’s a tough call to figure out which place is more benighted: Hollywood or Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia was pulling ahead with all its beheadings and i(...)

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