Race to the White House 2016

Why the Trump circus has everyone stumped

Nick O'Malley   Political strategists have been blindsided by the surging grassroots support for outsider candidates, writes Nick O'Malley.

Donald Trump ejects Univision anchor Jorge Ramos from news conference

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spars with Univision reporter Jorge Ramos.

Nick O'Malley   In a worrying sign for the Republican establishment, Donald Trump booted Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of his news conference. 

'Deez Nuts' polls 9 per cent in Clinton-Trump match-up

Deez Nuts has polled almost 10 per cent against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in North Carolina.

Steve Gorman   A fake US presidential candidate named Deez Nuts is polling nearly 10 per cent of registered North Carolina voters in a hypothetical match-up against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Radical stance on abortion shows shift in Republican attitude

Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas.

Nick O'Malley   Abortion in the United States is set to become the social issue of the presidential race, with six of the leading Republican candidates banning it in all circumstances.

Donald Trump adds juror to his expanding resume, finally

Donald Trump

Andy Newman   The Donald took a break from his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination to fulfil a more basic civic obligation on Monday.

Joe Biden, Al Gore both possible 2016 contenders

US Vice-President Joe Biden behind reporters in the Oval Office at the White House earlier this month.

A couple of familiar names are returning to the headlines as potential candidates for the until-now skinny Democrat camp.

Hillary Clinton to give private email server to Justice Department

Hillary Clinton's use of her private email for her work as America's top diplomat has come under fire from some opponents.

Hillary Clinton has instructed her lawyer to give the US Justice Department her private email server and a thumb drive of work-related emails from her time as secretary of state.

Live: US Republican presidential debate

Donald Trump in June.

Michael Koziol   Donald Trump lines up against nine other leading candidates hoping to claim the US Presidency in 2016 for the Republican Party.

Trump centre stage in Fox Republican debate

Donald Trump speaking at The Family Leadership Summit in Iowa last month.

Nick O'Malley   The gobsmacking extent of tycoon Donald Trump's dominance over his rivals was the real surprise when Fox News announced its line-up for an eagerly awaited debate.

Donald Trump: I would get along 'very well' with Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Puti.

Simon Johnson   Donald Trump has predicted that he would get on "very well" with Vladimir Putin if he becomes US President, as he attacked diplomacy and political correctness for making the US the world's most hated country.

Could Joe Biden join the 2016 presidential race?

FILE- In this July 21, 2015, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a roundtable discussion at the Advanced Manufacturing Center at Community College of Denver. Biden's associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations during his son's illness and following his death earlier this year. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Amy Chozick   People close to the US vice-president say he is exploring a possible presidential campaign, a decision that would upend the Democratic field.

Trump trumps them all

US presidential candidate Donald Trump visits his Scottish golf course Turnberry with his daughter Ivanka Trump on Friday.

Nick O'Malley   He looks like he's having fun, he doesn't sound like other politicians and he thinks he's the best, but from a distance it can be hard to understand Trump's appeal.

Meet Hope Hicks: the woman behind Donald Trump's presidential campaign

Family snap: Hope Hicks (second from right) with her father Paul Hicks, her sister Mary Grace Hicks (right) and mother Caye Hicks.

Elise Viebeck   She probably has the hardest job in US politics - keeping Donald Trump on-message.

Unlikely rival threatens Clinton's presidential aspirations

Bernie Sanders speaks at the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame dinner.

Mark Halperin   Let's all stop asserting Bernie Sanders cannot beat Hillary Clinton in the US Democratic nomination race. He can. Here's why.

Hillary Clinton sets renewable energy goals, wants more wind, solar power

Pay attention to the need for alternative energy sources, says Hillary Clinton.

Alana Wise   Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has called on Sunday for a dramatic national shift to energy sources such as solar and wind, setting a new goal.

Cruz tangles with peace activists

US Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz.

Andy Sullivan   Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz engaged anti-war activists on Thursday over the Iran nuclear deal.

Donald Trump renews his attacks in Hispanic city

Donald Trump at a news conference near the US-Mexico border outside Laredo, Texas.

Nick Allen   Billionaire presidential candidate attacks Mexico again in Texas city where 96 per cent of population is Hispanic.

US presidential elections 2016: Long list of Republican candidates

A technician finishes setting the stage for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Nick O'Malley   You might think there's only a couple of people in the race, but the list of Republican presidential hopefuls keeps growing.

Trump reads out Graham's phone number as men trade barbs over John McCain

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up Senator Lindsey Graham's phone number.

Ben Brody   Supposedly fellow Republicans lower the tone of their presidential campaigns.

Jeb Bush promises to curb lobbying and government spending

Former Florida governor and Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush delivers a speech, "Taking on Mt. Washington" at Florida State University on Monday.

Michael Barbaro   Painting himself as an outsider, member of political dynasty outlines wide-ranging plan to rein in the federal government expenses and curb the influence of lobbyists who live off it.