Julian Castro joins US presidential race

Julian Castro, a former member of Barack Obama's cabinet, has joined the 2020 presidential race as the rush of Democrats making early moves to challenge Donald Trump accelerates.

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Government shutdown the longest federal closure in US history

The partial shutdown of the US government has entered its 22nd day - becoming the longest closure in the country's history.

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Sanders contrite as 2016 campaign aides face harassment allegations

US senator Bernie Sanders has offered contrition as some of his 2016 presidential campaign staff face allegations of sexual harassment that threaten to derail a second White House bid before it begins.

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A very Trumpian year sees anxiety abound

In 2019, the consequences of the bad policies and worse politics of the last two years will come more fully into view, writes Joseph Stiglitz

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Nancy Pelosi set to become House speaker after deal with party rebels

The 78-year-old has agreed to serve no more than four years in a role that puts her behind the vice-president in the line of presidential succession.

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Thousands salute Bush funeral train 4141 on final Texas ride

It came after a week of remembrance in both Texas and Washington.

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Trump expected to pick Heather Nauert to be new US ambassador to UN

Nikki Haley is stepping down from the role at the end of this year.

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George HW Bush arrives home for Texas burial

After three days of remembrance in Washington, the former president’s casket left for a final service in Houston and burial.

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US flourished as a result of George HW Bush’s dynamic reign

The 41st president saw himself merely as a temporary occupant of the Oval Office but his achievements were significant, writes Richard N Haass.

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Major leads tributes to George Bush senior

Former PM says it was a ‘privilege’ to have worked alongside the US president.

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The Clinton Affair: Monica Lewinsky has a new perspective 20 years on

Twenty years since the White House was rocked by a sex scandal, it is being seen through new #MeToo eyes as ‘The Clinton Affair’, writes TP O’Mahony.

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No ill will behind ‘public hanging’ remark, claims under-fire senator

Cindy Hyde-Smith’s comment brought widespread criticism from inside and outside Mississippi, a state with a history of racially motivated lynchings.

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Donald Trump set to shake up White House staff following midterms

The president hopes new faces will help his bid for a second term against the newly-galvanised Democrats.

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Florida election recount under way as tensions rise

Florida’s 67 counties can decide when to begin their recounts, but must complete them by Thursday.

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White House video showing reporter row ‘doctored’

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has come under fire over the video.

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Midterms offer clues for Trump and Democrats in 2020 presidential bid

Speculation is mounting over what type of candidate could capitalise in 2020.

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Muslims, Native Americans and openly gay governor-elect make history

The midterms has ensured the face of American politics is more diverse than ever.

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Nancy Pelosi set to be second in line to presidency if she takes House role

President Donald Trump has tweeted to say that the 78-year-old mother-of-five is a suitable candidate to be speaker of the House of Representatives.

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Donald Trump claims 'big win' in midterms despite losing House control

The president struck a buoyant note in morning tweets and was due to give a press conference.

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Democrats take control of US House but ‘blue wave’ stops short of Senate

There was encouragement for President Donald Trump’s Republicans with victories in key state governorship races.

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Here are the candidates who made history in the 2018 US midterms

A list of US candidates who made history in the midterm elections

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Seven things we’ve learned from the US midterm elections

Americans have gone to the polls for the ‘historic’ elections widely viewed as a referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency.

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Pompeo meeting with North Korean envoy delayed

Mr Pompeo was supposed to travel to New York on Thursday to meet with Kim Yong Chol.

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US midterm results: Seven key issues and what they mean for the country's uncertain future

America has voted, the results are in, but the country’s future remains uncertain – for now.

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Two economic policies likely to change with Democrats in control of House

There are two economic issues on which the election outcome will make a meaningful difference: trade and infrastructure.

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Mid-terms reveal divided US: Democrats seize control of House; Republicans hold Senate

The Republicans retained control of the Senate after a poll which begins a new era of divided government in America.

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American voters sending record number of women to congress

The new intake of representatives could have a stark impact on US politics.

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In Pictures: Costumes and crossed fingers as America headed to the polls

The Republicans maintained control of the Senate, while the Democrats also had a positive night.

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US elections: Democrats take House control as Republicans retain Senate

The mixed results allowed both parties to claim partial victory.

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Voters in midterms experiencing long queues and malfunctioning machines

Some of the biggest problems were in Georgia where Democrats hope to win the governorship in traditionally Republican territory.

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