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Barack Obama as he is sworn in on January 20th, 2009, as US president, on the same Bible used to swear in Abraham Lincoln. Photograph: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Abraham Lincoln: the 16th president of the United States

Donald J Trump will on Friday ascend the steps of Capitol Hill and utter an oath first sworn by George Washington in 1789. “I do solemnly swear that (...)

‘Anyone who fears incompetence more than tyranny (under Donald Trump) has plenty of evidence.’ Photograph: Kevin D  Liles/The New York Times

Anyone who tells you, with perfect confidence, what a Trump administration will do is either bluffing or a fool. We have a prospective cabinet and a (...)

The man’s impetuousness, his shooting his mouth off, must horrify Americans accustomed to some dignity in their commander-in-chief. But they have voted for a joker, an entertainer-in-chief. They must now take the baggage that comes with it. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP

Did he really mean it? The mushroom cloud that has risen over American democracy is a question mark. Did Donald Trump mean the hatred, the belligerenc(...)

Supporters of president-elect Donald Trump cheer  as they watch the election results during a rally on Wednesday night. Photograph: AP

Donald Trump was right. This was America’s answer to Brexit or, as he promised at a rally days before Tuesday’s election, “Brexit plus, plus, plus.” (...)

A Spanish-born Eurosceptic and Brexit champion, Michael Portillo is not  looking for the true history and legacy of the locomotive America but a more elusive ideal of England, one that has gone firmly off the rails.

All political careers end in failure, we know, but at least one is bound for Gettysburg. At least, that’s the destination of Michael Portillo’s Grea(...)

Michael Collins arrives at his final destination, Ireland Park in Toronto.

The Irish Diaspora Run saw Michael Collins run almost 900km between June 10th and July 10th, from Grosse Île to Toronto, tracing the steps taken by th(...)

From left to right: Congressman Brendan Boyle; chief operating officer for the Architect of the Capitol Christine Merdon;  Congressman Mick Mulvaney; House of Representatives chaplain Fr Patrick Conroy and Taoiseach Enda Kenny

There were no jokes about whether the new Irish oak would lean left or right when liberal Democrat congressman Brendan Boyle and his conservative Repu(...)

A US Library of Congress image of Harriet Tubman, shown between 1860 and 1875.

Move over, Andrew Jackson. Abolitionist and women’s rights crusader Harriet Tubman will replace the former US president on the front of the new $20 bi(...)

Anti-slavery crusader Harriet Tubman. File photograph: Library of Congress via Reuters

Anti-slavery crusader Harriet Tubman will become the first black American to be featured on the face of US paper currency when she replaces former pre(...)

The US treasury department, with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), expects to unveil the new US$10 note in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

For the first time in more than a century, US paper currency will feature the face of a woman. Treasury secretary Jack Lew said on Thursday a newly r(...)

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