Marion McKeone

Marion McKeone

A community hit twice as fires engulf California

A community hit twice as fires engulf California

As the residents of Thousand Oaks in California struggled to come to terms with the latest US mass shooting, events were soon to be overtaken by new disaster, as a nearby wildfire ran quickly out of control claiming more lives

Tough trials ahead for Trump’s new legal adviser

Tough trials ahead for Trump’s new legal adviser

There was little surprise and few tears shed over the sacking of Trump’s attorney general Jeff Sessions, but his replacement has been greeted with derision by the justice department. Meanwhile, the Mueller investigation is working steadily to its conclusion

Democrats optimistic as midterms move their way

Democrats optimistic as midterms move their way

With recounts in Florida looking more positive for Democratic governorship candidates and Congress votes yet to be completed, Republicans may not have the massive majority they anticipated, reports Marion McKeone

Heat & Dust

Heat & Dust

In parched California, the battle for a Congress seat between powerful Republican incumbent Devin Nunes and hungry young Democrat challenger Andrew Janz is a microcosm of a broader battle playing out all over the US.

A bloody end for a brutal Boston boss

A bloody end for a brutal Boston boss

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s appalling demise in a West Virginia prison last week brought the curtain down on one of the lengthiest, most vicious criminal careers in American mob lore

Trump turns the screw

Trump turns the screw

The US president is staking his game on aggressive anti-immigration pledges and stirring up his personal fanbase, a gameplan which could yet backfire, writes Marion McKeone

When political rhetoric and violence collide

When political rhetoric and violence collide

Despite evidence that the recent bomb attacks in the US were carried out by a fanatical Trump supporter, the US president continues to blame Democrats and the media

Rookies raise the stakes in US elections

Rookies raise the stakes in US elections

A record number of newcomers are challenging the political status quo, but no one can predict what will happen next

#MeToo What happened next

#MeToo What happened next

It began as a righteous wave of truth-telling from women who’d had enough of being violated and intimidated by sexual predators. But now the backlash against the social movement has arrived, and it’s being led by the most powerful man in the United States, writes Marion McKeone

Trump’s Saudi honeymoon is over

Trump’s Saudi honeymoon is over

The disappearance and likely murder of journalist and human rights advocate Jamal Khashoggi has put the US in its most difficult diplomatic bind since 9/11

Don doubles down with barn-storming rallies on campaign trail

Don doubles down with barn-storming rallies on campaign trail

Trump deepens his support base, but it still hasn’t widened despite enjoying one of the best weeks of his presidency

Being Beto

Being Beto

He’s young, telegenic, social-media savvy, and has been compared to Robert F Kennedy. Beto O’Rourke started adulthood as a punk rocker, but is now the Democrat giving Ted Cruz a run for his money in the current US Senate race in Texas

Ultra conservatives win latest battle in bitter US Supreme Court wars

Ultra conservatives win latest battle in bitter US Supreme Court wars

Events of the last few weeks may lead the American public to regard the highest court in the land as a sort of Super-Senate, a political entity riven by a partisanship that makes its rulings inherently suspect

Kavanaugh’s badly judged outburst

Kavanaugh’s badly judged outburst

Brett Kavanaugh believed his ascent to the Supreme Court would be smooth and seamless, but now he looks irrevocably damaged and is even believed by some observers to have perjured himself

Trump jr oils Republican wheels in North Dakota

Trump jr oils Republican wheels in North Dakota

Republicans and Democrats are locked in a critical contest in oil-rich North Dakota, which is why Donald Trump jr bounced into town with his new-ish girlfriend, former Fox News presenter Kimberly Guilfoyle