Outrage over Trump’s retweet of supporter shouting ‘white power’ – live | US news

US health secretary Alex Azar has warned that “the window is closing” on the country’s chance to take action to effectively curb the coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases surpassed 2.5m. The Health and Human Services secretary pointed to a recent spike in infections, particularly in the south and said people have “to act […]

Coronavirus US live: Trump team mulls briefing changes in wake of disinfectant row | US news

3.21pm BST15:21 Donald Trump retweeted this morning an advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from yesterday that says household cleaners “can cause problems when not used properly”. Jim Acosta (@Acosta) More cleanup pic.twitter.com/sipwTjgl3i April 25, 2020 It hasn’t even been 48 hours since Trump said during a press briefing that researchers […]

Trump responds to impeachment acquittal with rambling, vitriolic speech – live news | US news

Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign plagiarized portions of its plans for maternal health, LGBTQ equality, the economy, tax policy, infrastructure, and mental health from research publications, media outlets, and a number of nonprofit, educational, and policy groups. The Intercept found that exact passages from at least eight Bloomberg plans or accompanying fact sheets were direct copies […]

Trump’s motivation for Suleimani assassination | Letters | US news

Your report on the assassination of Qassem Suleimani (Iran vows ‘severe revenge’ on the US, 3 January) features some welcome scepticism about its stated motives. The Pentagon is quoted as saying that it was about “deterring future Iranian attack plans”, while “a senior US official” refers to “the imminent attacks that Suleimani is alleged to […]

Democrat fooled by Russian prankster posing as Greta Thunberg in phone call | US news

The California congresswoman Maxine Waters has become the latest US politician to be fooled by Vladimir “Vovan” Kuznetsov and Alexey “Lexus” Stolyarov, Russian pranksters alleged to have ties to security forces. In a 10-minute phone call carried out late last year and posted to the prankster’s YouTube page this week, the senior Democrat thinks she […]

Impeachment inquiry: contentious hearing concludes after eight hours – live

Law professor said Trump’s actions toward Ukraine meet constitutional definition of bribery, adding credibility to Democrats’ use of term Help us cover the critical issues of 2020. Consider making a contribution 12.34am GMT William Barr’s hand-picked prosecutor wasn’t able to provide evidence that to support right-wing suspicions that the FBI’s Russia investigation was a setup, […]

Biden launches eight-day Iowa ‘barnstorm’ amid flagging poll numbers | US news

Joe Biden has embarked upon an eight-day tour across Iowa as the former US vice-president attempts to arrest his flagging poll numbers in the key state, which is the first to vote in the race to be the Democratic presidential nominee. Biden started his election blitz on Saturday, telling supporters in a fundraising email that […]

William Ruckelshaus, who defied Nixon during Watergate, dies at 87 | US news

William Ruckelshaus, who famously quit his job in the US justice department rather than carry out Richard Nixon’s order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, has died. He was 87. Ruckelshaus was also the first administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, which confirmed his death. A lifelong Republican, he was also […]

Trump impeachment inquiry: justice department appeals ruling Don McGahn must testify – live news | US news

3.31pm GMT15:31 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is attracting a lot of criticism for his 2011 comments about people of color allegedly undervaluing the importance of education. “There are a lot of kids — especially the lower-income, minority neighbrohodds — who literally just haven’t seen it work,” Buttigieg said during a 2011 toundtable while he […]