Can Democrats ever win back white, rural America?

Kansas was encouraging but in Iowa, a well-funded and energetic candidate lost to a Republican who openly flirts with Nazis. What should the party do next time?

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US midterms: campaigning intensifies with a week to go – live

This time next week Americans head to the polls, with control of House and Senate at stake. Follow the latest election news with our daily live blog

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Barack Obama in California to rally Democrats for midterms House push

Former president to speak at Anaheim convention center as party operatives focus on seven key seats

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Democrats left with little power to block Trump’s supreme court nominee

Recent changes to Senate rules mean that a simple majority vote is required for a nominee to advance – Democrats have 49 seats of 100 seats

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Pennsylvania special election: Democrats declare victory in setback for Trump

Rick Saccone styled himself president’s wingman but faced tight race with Democrat Conor Lamb in district Trump won by 20 points in 2016

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Donald Trump advocates death penalty for drug dealers in rambling speech

President covers wide range of topics at Pittsburgh rally before mentioning Republican candidate Rick Saccone whose campaign he was there to endorse

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‘Step right, step left’: mercurial Trump leaves supporters reeling

As Trump turned to Democrats for a second time in two weeks, Republicans were left stunned while his base howled in anger. What is his strategy?

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Senior Democrats say agreement reached with Trump to protect young immigrants

Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi emerge from dinner with president claiming a plan to pair the DREAM Act with border security measures, excluding the wall

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‘I love it’: Donald Trump Jr posts emails from Russia offering material on Clinton

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Civil war has broken out inside the Democratic party. Does the future belong to the populist left or the centrists?

Last week’s defeat in a high-profile congressional contest sparked a tough fight over the heart of the Democratic party. Heather Cox Richardson, Jean Hannah Edelstein and Michael Cohen look at what the future might hold

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