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US Senate leader Harry Reid orders probe of alleged CIA computer hacking

David Joachim United States Senate majority leader Harry Reid said he had ordered a forensic examination of the Senate Intelligence Committee's computer equipment to answer what he called the CIA's "absurd" claims...

Texas Governor Rick Perry sends 1000 National Guard to Mexico border

Texas Governor Rick Perry in Austin announcing the deployment of 1000 National Guard.

Manny Fernandez and Michael Shear Texas Governor Rick Perry has ordered 1000 National Guard troops to the border with Mexico, seizing on a get-tough immigration message that foreshadows a Republican Party approach in Congress and...

Republicans Dick Cheney and Rand Paul clash over blame for Iraq crisis

Former US vice-president Dick Cheney called Senator Rand Paul an

David Lerman and Alex Wayne Former vice-president Dick Cheney stepped up his offensive against President Barack Obama on Sunday by accusing the commander-in-chief of underestimating the terrorist threat and not doing enough to...

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Karl Rove's whispering campaign against Hillary Clinton explodes on internet

January 2013: then US secretary of state Hillary Clinton leaves New York Presbyterian Hospital after treatment for a blood clot stemming from a concussion she suffered in mid-December 2012.

Cathleen Decker Karl Rove's blast at Hillary Clinton on Tuesday demonstrated how political trickery manifests itself in the internet age.

White House apologises over Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap

Bowe Bergdahl went missing from his post in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.

The White House has apologised for keeping Congress in the dark regarding the exchange of a US soldier for five Taliban fighters, senators said, as controversy grows over the issue.

Obama distances US from Iraq's Maliki as air strikes weighed

An image released by the US Navy shows an F-18 Hornet taking off from the flight deck of the USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, June 17.

Margaret Talev The US is distancing itself from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, even as President Barack Obama weighs possible air strikes against Islamist insurgents.

Obama fights push to add Iran sanctions

Mark Landler With the United States and Iran about to embark on a critical phase of nuclear talks, President Barack Obama is waging an intense rearguard action to prevent Senate Democrats from supporting strict...

US, Russian sanctions escalate - giving US senators a chuckle

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Nick O'Malley Barack Obama has announced tough new sanctions against key allies of Vladimir Putin, prompting the announcement of retaliatory measures from Moscow that have already been laughed off by some in...

Fort Hood shooter showed no 'sign of any likely violence': Army secretary says

In shock ... Staff Sergeant John Robertson, right, waits in a parking lot outside of the Fort Hood military base for updates about the shooting that occurred inside on Wednesday.

Craig Whitlock, Carol Leonnig and Adam Goldman The soldier who fatally shot three people at Fort Hood, Texas, before killing himself had been undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety but had seen a psychiatrist last month and showed no...

Nevada rancher in stand-off with Feds over US public land use

Rancher Cliven Bundy hosts a Bundy family

John M. Glionna The battle lines are hardening in Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's so-called "range war" against the federal government over his right to graze cattle on public lands.

US rancher Cliven Bundy on black people: 'Are they better off as slaves?'

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy:

Adam Nagourney His gun-toting supporters helped him continue to illegally graze cattle and now the Nevada rancher wants 'to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro'.

Racism taints US rancher at scene of Nevada ranch standoff, where 'citizen soldiers' stand guard

John Glionna, Richard Simon and Michael Thurston Bunkerville, Nevada: The first thing you see on the drive to Cliven Bundy's ranch are the American flags — tied to roadside guardrails, flapping in a hard desert wind.

Dalai Lama gives the opening prayer in US Senate

The Dalai Lama meets with US Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

Lisa Mascaro The Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, delivered the opening invocation in the US Senate on Thursday, praying "to Buddha and all" and suggesting that purity of thought will guide...

Ukraine crisis: US expands sanctions against Russia, S&P cuts credit rating outlook

Increasing pressure: Barack Obama outlines the measures from the South Lawn at the White House.

President Barack Obama has announced he will expand sanctions against Russia, blacklisting wealthy individuals with ties to the government and a bank used by them, and opening the door to broader...

After the battle, it's back to the brink

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Nick O'Malley, Chicago, Illinois US President Obama and Congress already drawing lines in sand on fiscal cliff negotiations.

Republican talks break down, fiscal cliff looms

Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, second from left, departs after a House Republicans meeting.

House Speaker John Boehner threw efforts to avoid the year-end "fiscal cliff" into chaos late Thursday, as he abruptly shuttered the House for the holidays after failing to win support for...

Boehner red-faced over fiscal cliff vote snub

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Lori Montgomery, Rosalind Helderman WASHINGTON: The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner, has thrown efforts to avoid the year-end ''fiscal cliff'' into chaos by abruptly closing the House for the holidays, after...

Squabbling all the way to cliff edge

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It was early on Friday Australian time that things really started looking grim.

Eleventh-hour tax deal on table

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Lori Montgomery, Paul Kane THE US President, Barack Obama, and Senate leaders are on the verge of an agreement that would let taxes rise on the wealthiest households while protecting the vast majority of Americans from tax...

Nation on the verge of a fiscal breakdown

The US Capitol dome and it's reflection are seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on December 29, 2012. As the fiscal cliff deadline looms, Congress and the White House have still not reached a compromise. If no deal is struck by December 31 at midnight, taxes will automatically go up on both high earners and the middle class, and across-the-board spending cuts will go into effect. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER

Rosalind Helderman WASHINGTON: It was designed to be the budget cut so painful, so indiscriminate, so downright mindless that even a gridlocked Congress wouldn't allow it to happen.