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US transportation secretary Elaine Chao  before the senate appropriations committee’s transportation subcommittee in Washington. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times

US transportation secretary Elaine Chao said on Wednesday it was “very questionable” why some safety features were not required on the Boeing 737 Max,(...)

Beto O’Rourke during his second day of campaigning for the 2020 nomination in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beto O’Rourke raised more than $6 million (€5.4 million) online in the first 24 hours after announcing his presidential campaign last week, according (...)

Former Texas Congressman and Democratic party presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke: The 46 year old offers the politics of feelings. Photograph: Stephen Maturen/AFP

The heavens part. The light shines down. The rise in the oceans begins to slow. The world is once more bathed in the mystical glow of a messiah. Our r(...)

 Republican US senator Lindsey Graham, Israel prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu    and US ambassador David Friedman at the border line between Israel and Syria at the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on  March 11th. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun

The Trump administration may recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights when prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu visits the White House later (...)

Beto O’Rourke addressing a crowd in Austin, Texas before last November’s midterm elections. Photograph:  Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP/Getty Images

Beto O’Rourke, the Texas Democrat who surged to prominence by nearly unseating Republican Senator Ted Cruz in last year’s midterm congressional electi(...)

 Storm clouds gathering: An American Airlines Boeing  737 Max 8 aircraft approaches  Miami International Airport in  Florida amid darkening conditions  on Tuesday.  Photograph: Scott McIntyre/Bloomberg

The US Senate Commerce Committee plans to hold a hearing into the fatal crashes of two Boeing Co 737 MAX 8 jets since October as a growing number of p(...)

Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has announced he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination to challenge US president Donald Trump in 202(...)

Jeb Bush – polled as having the best shot at securing Republican nomination in 2014 election. Photograph: Reuters/Gary Hershorn

Promise me something: Over the coming weeks, whenever you hear a pundit or read a poll on the subject of who the 2020 Democratic nominee might be, yo(...)

Beto O’Rourke, who lost against incumbent Ted Cruz in Texas in November, has indicated he would not rule out a presidential bid. Photograph: Tamir Kalifa/New York Times

The funeral of the late George HW Bush brought a rare moment of introspection to Washington as presidents past and present gathered in Washington Nati(...)

Lisa Tierney-Keogh: ‘The talk of a blue wave of Democratic voters was just that: talk.’

There is no dust settling after the US midterms. Within 24 hours of the elections, Donald Trump started clearing house and throwing tantrums. He fired(...)

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