Scott Pruitt

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Scott Pruitt pictured before the US House Energy and Commerce Environment subcommittee in Washington in April. Photograph: NYT

The United States Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned amid a series of ethics scandals. US president Donald Trump(...)

US Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Anthony Kennedy and Justice Clarence Thomas in January 2017: Republicans talk a populist game while pruning the state through technocratic fiat and judicial appointment. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty

There are civic-minded Europeans with law degrees and newspaper subscriptions who cannot name a member of the European Court of Justice. There are Bri(...)

Whatever you imagine could happen in Trumpworld. Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

Once I would have rolled my eyes at a season of Homeland in which the Russians deftly manoeuvred to control whether a Democratic woman, an increasingl(...)

Gina Haspel: will attend her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

Gina Haspel, US president Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, faces a key Senate hearing on Wednesday as she continues to battle questions about (...)

  Martin Winterkorn, then chief executive  of German carmaker Volkswagen (VW), attends the company’s annual press conference in Berlin.

The US justice department on Thursday disclosed the filing of criminal charges against former Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn, accusing h(...)

Head of US EPA Scott Pruitt fails ‘the BS test’.

My Collins Dictionary defines bulls**t as: “Exaggerated or foolish talk; nonsense” and my attention was arrested by the title of a recent scientific p(...)

Waiting to be rescued: Houston has suffered three “500-year floods” in the past three years. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

Imagine that after the 9/11 attacks the conversation had been limited to the tragedy in Lower Manhattan, the heroism of rescuers and the high heels of(...)

Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert said the administration was preparing a supplemental disaster relief fund to be voted on by Congress. He said about 10,000 homes had been damaged by Storm Harvey. Photograph:  Jim  Watson/AFP/Getty Images

The United States has given Russia two days to close diplomatic offices in Washington, New York and San Francisco in a significant escalation of diplo(...)

Paris Agreement: Donald Trump departs after announcing the United States’ withdrawal from the climate-change accord. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The United States’ allies have condemned Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, warning that the global climate accord cannot b(...)

The dome of the US Capitol is seen behind the smokestacks of the only coal-burning power plant in Washington, DC. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

After months of keeping the world guessing, Donald Trump has finally announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change. H(...)

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