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# US politics

Last month
January 2023
Voices
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.
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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.
# kevin mccarthy
Explainer: Why can't the House of Representatives elect a speaker?
Twenty hardline Republicans are blocking their party’s candidate, Kevin McCarthy.
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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.
Last year
2022
# US politics
Republican US congressman-elect under investigation for fabricated CV
George Santos has admitted he never worked for Goldman Sachs as he claimed, and he is not Jewish.
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Larry Donnelly: Mary Lou, Trump and Dublin's lord mayor - my 2022 political awards
Our columnist looks at the highs and lows of political life in Ireland and the US this year.
# US Senate
Georgia's runoff senate vote is a high stakes test for Biden
Joe Biden has said the senate seat is ‘critical’ for the Democrats.
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Larry Donnelly: Brace yourselves for the return of Trump - but is he still relevant?
Our columnist looks at the return of the brash politician and asks if he can really pull off another White House win.
# Midterms
Republicans win 218th seat to claim slim majority in US House
The result is far short of the sweeping victory Republicans predicted.
# mid-terms
Trump follower Kari Lake loses Arizona governor race as Republicans close in on House control
Lake, a former TV anchor, had been seen as one of Trump’s most reliable picks.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think Donald Trump will run and can he win in 2024?
The former president has been hinting at another White House run for months.
# midterms 2022
Democrat John Fetterman defeats Trump-backed Dr Oz in Pennsylvania senate race
Pennsylvania results represent a failure of the Trumpian playbook.
Voices
Larry Donnelly: The economy and independents will dictate the outcome of the US midterms
Our columnist looks ahead to the contentious midterms coming up.
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Larry Donnelly: There are two conflicting narratives emerging ahead of the US midterms
Our columnist looks at the key battles in the US ahead of November’s vote.
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Larry Donnelly: Garth Brooks can't fix US politics, but he deserves credit for taking a stance
Our columnist looks at Ireland’s favourite country and western singer and finds Brooks has a lot more political depth than you might expect.
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Larry Donnelly: Conservatives may need an antidote to Trump, but Cheney isn't it
Fresh from a visit to his home city of Boston, our columnist looks at the latest waves in US politics.
# New legislation
US President Biden signs landmark climate and healthcare bill into law
The measure is paid for by new taxes on large companies and stepped-up IRS enforcement of wealthy individuals and entities.
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Larry Donnelly: Are we seeing rays of hope for Democrats?
Our columnist says surprising abortion votes and the fact that Republicans have an issue with Trump could sway things for Democrats.
# us gun control
Assault rifle ban passes in US House of Representatives but likely doomed in Senate
It would ban the sale, import, manufacture or transfer of certain semi-automatic weapons such as those used in recent mass shootings.
# covid diagnosis
Biden likely has highly contagious Covid-19 strain but symptoms improving, doctors say
The US president completed his first full day of Paxlovid, the antiviral therapy treatment meant to reduce the severity of Covid.
# 6 january
Donald Trump watched Capitol riot on TV and ignored pleas to condemn, US hearing told
Trump was accused of pouring “gasoline on the fire” by aggressively tweeting his false claims of a stolen election.
# Roe v Wade
US House passes bills to protect abortion access but Senate approval unlikely
The legislation passed by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is unlikely to advance in the Senate.
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Larry Donnelly: Will the January 6th hearings, or anything else, help Democrats?
Our columnist looks at the aftermath of the Capitol attack and the findings of the select committee and asks what it means for the next election.
# Supreme Court
US Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court
Jackson is the first Black woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court.
# US politics
Donald Trump endorses Sarah Palin in bid for Alaska US House seat
Palin was selected by John McCain in 2008 to be his running mate against Barack Obama.
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Larry Donnelly: Republicans are reviving the culture wars ahead of the US midterm elections
Our columnist says Republicans in the US are agitating around the culture wars to energise their base ahead of the US midterms in November.
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Larry Donnelly: We must help the undocumented Irish in the US - they still need us
Our columnist welcomes the regularisation scheme for undocumented immigrants here and is reminded of Irish people in the same boat in the US.
# US Court
US President to get Supreme Court pick as liberal justice Breyer set to retire
Joe Biden has pledged to name the first black woman to the US’s highest court.
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Larry Donnelly: Race baiting and a GOP reinvention - Trump is now a real threat in the midterms
Our columnist says it’s not looking good for the Democrats in the 2022 midterms this November.
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Larry Donnelly: One year after Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol, the US is still divided
Our columnist looks at US politics a year on from the infamous storming of the US Capitol Building.
All time
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Larry Donnelly: Republicans and Democrats need to play the next election cycle very carefully
Our columnist says Democrats were bruised by recent elections and he now has this advice for both parties…
# Virginia
Republican win in Virginia 'shows potency of the culture wars' in US politics
It was expected to be a comfortable Democratic win but became a toss-up in the closing days of the campaign.
Voices
Larry Donnelly: What might Tuesday’s elections in the US hold in store?
Voters in a number of states and municipalities will choose officials to represent them at a range of different levels.
# Biden nominee
US Senate committee backs Claire Cronin as new US Ambassador to Ireland
Cronin was nominated for the role of ambassador by Biden in June.
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Larry Donnelly: Biden presidency report card - 'could do better'
Our columnist says Biden is doing OK but has taken a major hit on the back of Afghanistan.
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Larry Donnelly: When politics is the business of an Irish-American political family
In the first chapter of his new book, Larry Donnelly describes how politics ran in the veins of his family.
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Larry Donnelly: 'I felt my late father was telling me to reconnect with old friends'
Our columnist finally returns to his home town of Boston after the post-Covid travel ban is lifted.
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Tom Clonan: The Taliban's power grab was spectacular but they can't govern at gunpoint
The security analyst looks at the Taliban and discusses the possible future outcomes for the people of Afghanistan.
# Interview
Biden won’t run in 2024 after Afghanistan ‘travesty’, says Trump's ex-chief of staff
Mick Mulvaney spoke to The Journal about Afghanistan, the Good Friday Agreement and quitting the Trump administration.
Voices
Opinion: What is ISIS-K? Two terrorism experts on the group behind the Kabul attack
ISIS-K, an affiliate of the Islamic State group, claimed responsibility for the Kabul terrorist attack.