As American leaders search for a path out of economic decline and political deadlock, its people remain as idealistic and energetic as ever. United States Correspondent Nick O’Malley and guest bloggers bring you the view from across the divided nation. Follow Nick on Twitter
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
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
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
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.
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...
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.
Nick O'Malley Could Barack Obama really have lost the presidency in one (really, really) bad debate performance?
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.
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...
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.
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.
Nick O'Malley The Republican party seems to have gone out of its way to ensure few people read their policy manifesto.
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."
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.