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US president Donald Trump and Amy Coney Barrett stand on the Blue Room Balcony after supreme court judge Clarence Thomas administered the constitutional oath to her on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday evening. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

On Monday, eight days before the presidential vote, the US supreme court’s conservative majority rejected a bid to extend Wisconsin’s deadline for rec(...)

Democratic candidate for Senate Jaime Harrison addresses supporters during a drive-in rally held at The Bend in North Charleston, South Carolina. Photograph: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

The mist is rising over Lake Murray, a huge reservoir in the centre of South Carolina, on this grey mid-October morning. The lake is a popular amenity(...)

US president Donald Trump waves goodbye to cheering supporters as he departs his campaign rally at Orlando Sanford International Airport in Sanford, Florida on Monday, October 12th, 2020. Photograph: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Twenty years ago the eyes of the world turned to Florida, as the identity of America’s next president lay in the balance. On election night 2000, TV n(...)

President Donald Trump during a town-hall-style event hosted by NBC News at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Greetings from Miami where I have been on the campaign trail with Roberto, a volunteer with the local Democratic party. Florida promises to be one of (...)

Supporters take pictures as Donald Trump arrives for a rally at Des Moines International Airport  in Iowa. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Election Day may be 19 days away, but across the United States people have already started casting their votes. Long queues were reported again yest(...)

 A woman waves an American flag as president Trump supporters watch the presidential debate at the Trump Victory Campaign center in Katy, Texas. Photograph:  Mark Felix/AFPGetty Images

In many ways Texas epitomises a certain idea of America – a land of cowboys and Stetsons, and a tradition of proud small-government individualism. Th(...)

 US president Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden exchange points during the debate in Cleveland, Ohio. Photograph: Morry Gash/EPA

Suzanne Lynch, Washington Correspondent: Was it a good debate? By the traditional definition of a debate – a formal discussion where each side puts (...)

Donald Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016, the year he won the presidency. The next year he paid the same again, while he had paid none at all in 10 of the previous 15 years – largely because he has consistently reported losing hundreds of millions of dollars more than he made. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/ EPA

The picture emerging from the New York Times’s leak of President Trump’s tax filings appears to be of a businessman who defies the laws of economic gr(...)

Indiana-based judge  Amy Coney Barrett: has been interviewed by US president Donald Trump.  Photograph: Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP

The death of supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has upended the US presidential election, just six weeks before polling day. It has also focuse(...)

 Firefighters battle the Bobcat Fire as it grows, out of control, on its northern front near Wrightwood, California, USA. Photograph: David McNew/EPA

What most disturbs best-selling science author David Wallace-Wells about climate change isn’t so much that the worst-case scenarios may come to pass. (...)

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