Paul McGeough The chaos at the heart of government in the US danced into the realm of the absurd on Tuesday morning when the Congressional Republicans who pulled on the fight, failed to agree on their next move.
Republican and Democratic leaders in the US Senate have struck an agreement to end a fiscal impasse, hours before Washington hits its debt limit, a senator says.
Jonathan Weisman America's economy has been pulled back from the edge of an abyss, with Congress approving a measure that should end the government shutdown and avert a potentially catastrophic default.
Jonathan Martin and Jim Rutenberg After the budget standoff ended in crushing defeat last week and the political damage reports began to pile up for Republicans, one longtime party leader after another stepped forward to chastise...
A school shooting in Nevada has left two people dead and two critically wounded.
The US Senate has swiftly rejected a House measure to delay President Barack Obama's health care law as part of a federal funding bill, pushing the government ever-closer to a shutdown.
Roxana Tiron, Richard Rubin and Kathleen Hunter The United States government began a partial shutdown at midnight (2pm today, AEST) for the first time in 17 years, putting as many as 800,000 federal employees out of work, closing national parks...
United States President Barack Obama summoned top congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday, but despite his stern warnings about the need to halt the government shutdown and prevent a...
A meeting of Congressional leaders with President Barack Obama at the White House has ended with little apparent progress, meaning the US government shutdown will grind into a third day.
The families of four US soldiers killed in Afghanistan last weekend will not receive death benefits or the money to pay for their funerals because of the US government shutdown.
Roxana Tiron The White House endorsed a short debt-limit increase with no policy conditions attached, signalling potential support for House Republicans' plan for a month-long reprieve from a default.
Nick O'Malley 'It's just a signature away. Who else has to die before you get it?'
An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council has been cancelled and the diplomatic initiative to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons is under threat
Andrew Purcell Since 2002, the United States has killed thousands of people in missile strikes and covert military operations, including innocent civilians and even its own citizens.
Jim Vertuno and Will Weissert As she spoke late into the night, railing against proposed abortion restrictions, a former Texas teen mom catapulted from little-known junior state senator to national political superstar in pink...
Charles J. Lewis The White House on Tuesday released guides on how schools and places of worship can prepare for emergencies such as the mass shootings at Sandy Hook.
Ed O'Keefe At least two Republican senators have signalled they may reconsider opposition to expanded national background checks for gun purchases, aides said on Monday, suggesting the push for stricter gun...
Adrian Lowe A US senator appears to be the target of a poison-laced letter sent through the Senate mail processing facility.
Lisa Lerer Two days after the killing of 20 pupils at a Connecticut school shocked the nation, President Barack Obama climbed a White House stage with an emotional appeal: it was time to fix US gun laws.
A letter possibly laced with the deadly poison ricin has been found at a US airbase as a man charged with sending a similar letter to the White House was released on bond, officials say.