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# US politics

This month
September 2023
Larry Donnelly: Could Elvis’s cousin, a Democrat, be Mississippi’s next governor?
Our columnist looks at Elvis’ cousin who’s running in Mississippi and could prove to be a dark horse.
Last month
August 2023
Donald Trump pleads not guilty in Georgia election conspiracy case
The former US president is currently facing 13 felony counts including racketeering.
Prosecutors say Donald Trump inflated net worth up to $2.2 bn per year from 2011 to 2021
Trump and his children stand accused of deflating the value of certain assets to reduce taxes.
Quiz: Is this quote from The Simpsons or a Republican presidential debate?
The first debate between Republican presidential hopefuls took place this week – without Donald Trump.
Rudy Giuliani expected to turn himself in on Georgia 2020 election indictment charges
Trump is expected to turn himself in at the same Atlanta jail tomorrow.
Republican candidates face first TV debate in the US - minus Donald Trump
The frontrunner has declined to participate in the debate, leaving other contenders like Mike Pence and Ron DeSantis to battle it out.
Judge approves $200,000 bond for Trump in racketeering case as deadline looms
Trump and the other co-defendants have until noon on Friday to turn themselves in to be booked.
Donald Trump confirms he will skip Republican presidential primary debates
His spokesman did not clarify whether he plans to boycott every primary debate or just those that have been scheduled.
Larry Donnelly: If we had no Trump or Biden for 2024 - who would the potential candidates be?
Our columnist says despite the expected rerun of the 2020 elections with Biden and Trump, it’s worth asking if there are any alternatives.
Two years of the Taliban: 'It cannot last as it rules by fear and violence'
For Afghan opposition figures and those in exile to stand a chance against the Taliban, more international support is needed, writes David Loyn of King’s College in London.
'Joe Biden's the president': DeSantis rejects Trump's election fraud claims
The Florida governor was speaking in an interview with NBC.
Larry Donnelly: This Trump indictment is explosive - it makes for chilling reading
The Boston lawyer and law lecturer says the case against Trump is no joke but neither is the support he continues to receive.
Trump pleads not guilty to election conspiracy charges
The charges relate to the Capitol riot on 6 January 2021.
This year
2023
Who is RFK Jr? The anti-vax scion of the Kennedy dynasty challenging Joe Biden
RFK Jr is running in the Democratic primary. Why?
Larry Donnelly: Why is it that political will is lagging behind climate chaos?
Our columnist examines recent record temperatures across the globe and attitudes toward climate change in the US.
Larry Donnelly: One man in the pub wore a T-shirt that read 'Trump 2024 - no more bullshit'
Our columnist is visiting friends in Cape Cod and taking the political temperature in the US.
Trump calls federal indictment a 'heinous abuse of power' in combative New Jersey speech
He railed against current president Joe Biden and claimed he had been arrested on “fabricated” charges.
Larry Donnelly: Can 'Teflon Don' weather this storm and who's best placed to challenge him?
Our columnist looks at the latest legal moves against Trump and assesses his main challengers for the nomination.
Former US vice president Mike Pence to launch presidential campaign
He will challenge his former colleague, Donald Trump, for the Republican nomination.
Joe Biden says he ‘got sandbagged’ after falling at military graduation event
Donald Trump said he hoped that Biden wasn’t hurt after his fall, but also labelled it “not inspiring”.
US Senate gives final approval to debt ceiling deal
The package negotiated between Mr Biden and Mr McCarthy leaves neither Republicans nor Democrats fully pleased with the outcome.
Larry Donnelly: DeSantis is in, but can he really beat Trump?
Our columnist looks at the messy launch last night of Ron DeSantis’ bid for the White House.
DeSantis mocked by Trump and Biden for glitchy campaign announcement on Twitter
Technical difficulties marred the official launch of DeSantis’ presidential campaign, which was hosted on Twitter yesterday.
January 6 rioter who propped his feet on Nancy Pelosi's desk jailed for 4 years
Barnett, 63, testified he was “going with the flow” and struck a pose after news photographers told him to “act natural”.
Larry Donnelly: In spite of Donald Trump's disastrous week, he still appears unsinkable
Our columnist looks at the turbulent week for the former US president and asks if his reputation is truly damaged this time.
Trump calls Biden 'an incompetent person' as he plays golf in Doonbeg
The former US president is visiting his Clare resort.
US Republicans fret over abortion as states balk at bans
Reproductive rights are set to take center stage in the 2024 election in the US.
Larry Donnelly: Biden declares and Tucker Carlson leaves Fox News - it's all happening in the US
Our columnist looks at Biden announcing his bid for a second term and Tucker Carlson leaving Fox News.
Biden confirms plans for 2024 run but 'not prepared' to make official announcement
The US President was taking part in a traditional Easter Monday “egg roll” on the White House lawn.
Brian Rowan: The magic of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 was how a firm 'no' became 'yes'
The former BBC correspondent says the peace process needs the British and Irish Governments again, it needs strong leadership.
Opinion: Biden knows the value of his visit to Ireland in the wake of Brexit and Trump
Peter Flanagan looks at the shifting sands in the relationship between the US, UK and Ireland ahead of Biden’s visit.
Larry Donnelly: This indictment won’t solve the Trump conundrum
Our columnist looks at the possible outcomes as the former US president is indicted over hush money payments to Stormy Daniels.
Larry Donnelly: There's no denying that the ties between America and Ireland are exceptional
Our columnist looks at the truly special relationship between Ireland and the most powerful country on earth.
Larry Donnelly: Ireland has lost a true friend this week with my uncle Brian's passing
Our columnist pays tribute to his uncle Brian, the US Congressman behind the Donnelly visas who passed away this week.
Donald Trump and Nikki Haley to lock horns at major conservative political conference
The former president and his one-time ally, who is also running in 2024, will both speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Larry Donnelly: If Biden's speech is anything to go by, he wants four more years in office
Our columnist looks at the US President’s State of the Union address and asks, what now?
Larry Donnelly: How will Irish politicians cope with an increasingly angry electorate?
Our columnist says the Donohoe affair and protests of recent weeks show that the political mood here has darkened.
Larry Donnelly: Biden's classified documents problem is an embarrassing political setback
Our columnist looks at the political hot water the US president has found himself in this week.
Explainer: Why can't the House of Representatives elect a speaker?
Twenty hardline Republicans are blocking their party’s candidate, Kevin McCarthy.
Larry Donnelly: The radicals are wreaking havoc on Capitol Hill
Our columnist looks at the chaos in the US Congress as Republicans spar over the election of a speaker.