Donald Trump’s touting of protectionism struck a chord with those  desperate for some solution to their declining incomes.  Photograph: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

The denigration of mainstream parties and politicians, which has become such a feature of western democracy over the past decade and more, came to its(...)

‘The story of how Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton rose and reinvented themselves and embraced and brawled is the story of New York itself.’ Photograph: Zach Gibson/The New York Times

The sensational, spidery plot of the most gripping game of thrones in modern history is best captured by two images. The first is from Donald J Trump’(...)

As president, George HW Bush   fell ill during a trip to Japan, and vomited in the lap of prime minister Miyazawa Kiichi. Photograph: Aida Crawley/EPA

Hillary Clinton’s diagnosis of pneumonia, made on Friday but revealed on Sunday after her abrupt and unsteady departure from a 9/11 anniversary event(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, the US. Photograph: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

And so, after much personal invective, furious opposition and ugly rhetoric that appealed to the worst impulses of the American voters, this is Donald(...)

The hous that US president Barack Obama intends to rent after leaving office, in the upmarket Kalorama neighbourhood of Washington. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/New York Times

US president Barack Obama and his family plan to move to a mansion in the upscale Kalorama neighbourhood of Washington, a mere two miles from the Whit(...)

Former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice: could lend  strong national security bona fides to Donald Trump. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

John Nance Garner, Franklin D Roosevelt’s running mate better known as “Cactus Jack”, famously said that “the vice-presidency was not worth a bucket o(...)

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders smiles as he waves to the crowd at his 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary victory rally in Concord, New Hampshire February 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

It is a measure of the radical mood of America that virtually every presidential candidate who has so far come to the fore present themselves as an op(...)

US president Barack Obama waves at the start of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on anuary 20th, 2015. Photograph:  Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Barack Obama will stand on the dais of the US House of Representatives tonight to deliver his final State of the Union in a speech that is being previ(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters after a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Photograph: Ramdall Hill/Reuters

None of the inflammatory verbal bombs that businessman Donald Trump has dropped since he declared his presidential candidacy six months ago have damag(...)

In a volatile and fickle world even the largest party is not immune from car-crash elections – Fine Gael in 2002 and Fianna Fáil in 2007 bear testament to that. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Franklin D Roosevelt’s line that “the only thing we need to fear is fear itself” doesn’t wash too well with your average Dáil Deputy these days. (...)

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