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Guns, God and abortion

Nick O'Malley Nick O'Malley hits the trail from Iowa to Washington to gauge the election mood outside the big cities. DAY 4: INDIANA-OHIO

The trouble with talkback

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Nick O'Malley Nick O'Malley hits the trail from Iowa to Washington to gauge the election mood outside the big cities. DAY 3: ILLINOIS-INDIANA

Big fears, big dreams in small-town America

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Nick O'Malley Nick O'Malley hits the trail from Iowa to Washington to gauge the election mood outside the big cities. DAY 1: DES MOINES, IOWA; DAY 2: DES MOINES TO MUSCATINE

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A-Z of the presidential election

Nick O'Malley From the fiscal cliff to Mitt Romney's dog, Nick O'Malley and Tom Threkhold strip back the jargon of the US election campaign.

Debate fails to halt Romney surge

Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks on October 16, 2012 during the second of three presidential debates at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New  York.  AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Nick O'Malley Mitt Romney has opened a seven-point lead over Barack Obama among likely voters according to a new tracking poll by Gallup, which includes data from the day after the second presidential debate in...

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Nervous Democrats fear another debacle

US President Barack Obama at Magness Arena during the first debate at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, October 3, 2012. After hundreds of campaign stops, $500 million in mostly negative ads and countless tit-for-tat attacks,  Obama and Romney went head-to-head in their debut debate.    AFP PHOTO / Pool / MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Nick O'Malley Barack Obama is getting a lot of free advice in the lead up to the second debate presidential tomorrow night, a town-hall style contest at Hofstra University on Long Island.

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Obama's debate drama turns into a crisis

Nick O'Malley Could Barack Obama really have lost the presidency in one (really, really) bad debate performance?

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Amid poll-mania, three that count

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Nick O'Malley With just over a month to go until the US election is (finally) held, America's pollsters are in a professional frenzy.

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Leaked videos force Romney to play more defence

Mitt Romney.

Nick O'Malley Mitt Romney is standing by the declaration he made at a fundraiser that his job was not to care about the 47 per cent of American voters who would not support him and do not pay tax, despite some...

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Zombie power: conventions bring out the fringe

Vermin Supreme.

Nick O'Malley Vermin Supreme, failed to win the Republican nomination, promises a pony for every family, zombie power and strictly enforced tooth-brushing laws.

New media battleground challenges convention

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio September 1, 2012.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS HEADSHOT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Nick O'Malley In the US election, the implications of online campaigns are still becoming apparent to the parties, not to mention the vast vulture industry that feeds on the whole circus.

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After the storm: Republicans quietly release manifesto

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio

Nick O'Malley The Republican party seems to have gone out of its way to ensure few people read their policy manifesto.

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Akin's comments on rape have his friends running scared

Nick O'Malley So what does constitute a legitimate rape? Which ones are illegitimate? And what is the difference between rape and a "forcible rape."

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The rise of Ryan: now things might get interesting

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Nick O'Malley There is an off chance that the presidential election, to date a dull and relentless slanging match, is about to get interesting.

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Sikh community hasn't felt safe since 9/11

Sikh

Nick O'Malley After the shootings in America people tell each other in sad and shocked tones that the victims should have been safe where they were killed.

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'It's beyond human understanding': Romney gaffes mount up

Romney

Nick O'Malley Mitt Romney’s diplomatic foot-shooting spree in London last week provoked the trenchantly conservative Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer to lament, "It's unbelievable, it's beyond human...

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Don't mention climate change as a derecho slams into DC

Storm

Nick O'Malley In a sense the storm system that brought the US capital to a halt was already some months old by the time it boiled up somewhere near Chicago, powered eastwards, leapt the Appalachian Mountains and...

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It's official: Barack Obama is American

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Nick O'Malley There it was in black and white, down the bottom of a back page of the Washington Post yesterday. President Barack Obama, it turns out, is an American.

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NATO backs Afghanistan withdrawl

Barack Obama

Nick O'Malley NATO and its partner nations have completed their plans to withdraw from Afghanistan, with President Barack Obama, and the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard both restating their belief that the Afghan...

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Obama caught up in pastor smear campaign

Barack Obama

Nick O'Malley and Tom Threlkeld It is not often you get to see inside a political smear campaign before it is launched, but the New York Times secured a conservative attack plan lock, stock and barrel.

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