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Tea Party's upset win will stir Republicans into serious soul-searching

Nick O'Malley As Tony Abbott wrapped up meetings on Capitol Hill on Tuesday evening, a political earthquake hit the building.

Republican meltdown after Tea Party candidate ousts Eric Cantor

House majority leader Eric Cantor, widely thought to be the next House Speaker, was ousted by a relatively unknown primary challenger in a shock defeat.

Nick O'Malley, United States Correspondent As Tony Abbott wrapped up meetings on Capitol Hill on Tuesday evening a political earthquake hit the building.

Obama laughs as stars shine at White House

US President Barack Obama laughs as he listens performer Joel McHale speaking jokes during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.

Michael D. Shear Mr Obama started his annual remarks at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner with the recognition that the rollout of his health care website could have gone better, admitting that “in...

Hillary Clinton drawn back into political fray by health remarks

Hillary Clinton wearing glasses after a fall in January, 2013.

Jonathan Allen Hillary Clinton has tried to steer clear of partisan fights while considering a second bid for the Oval Office.

Obama announces first ever limits on CO2 emissions

President Obama has directed the EPA to introduce cuts of up to 30 per cent in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.

Nick O'Malley The Obama administration has announced regulations that would cut the amount of carbon dioxide the US energy sector may emit by 30 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030, the first ever national limits on...

Back from the brink

Cathey Park of Cambridge, Massachusetts holds up her cast for U.S. President Barack Obama to sign.

Nick O'Malley Right from the start of America's long cold winter, it looked as though the signature achievement of Barack Obama's presidency (healthcare reform) was destined to fail.

US debt ceiling legislation signed by Barack Obama without fanfare

President Obama: Signed  legislation raising the debt ceiling limit until March 2015.

On a long holiday weekend in a desert resort area in southern California, Barack Obama put his signature on the legislation without fanfare.

Obamacare deadline: 7.1 million sign up for health insurance

US President Barack Obama with Vice-President Joe Biden.

Nick O'Malley More than 7 million people signed up for health insurance under a controversial American healthcare law before a key deadline, prompting a celebratory and unabashedly political speech by the US...

United States shutdown solution no closer after crisis meeting

US Speaker of the House John Boehner

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...

Barack Obama fails to get backing from Congressional leaders to end shutdown

Barack Obama

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.

US Senate leaders strike deal on US debt

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid arrives at the U.S. Capitol October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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.

US Congress votes to re-open government

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 16: Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks at a press conference after successfully pushing a bipartisan bill through the U.S. Senate to restart the government and raise the debt limit at the U.S. Capitol October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. The bill still needs to be approved by the house. If the bill is signed into law, it will fund the government until January 15, 2014 and allow the government to pay bills until February 7, 2014.   Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

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.

Deal struck to avoid US debt default

Explained: The US debt ceiling.

Paul McGeough Theoretically, at least, and if only temporarily, Washington's debt and budget crisis appears to have been resolved, with the House of Representatives and the Senate tipped to vote late on Wednesday...

Ted Cruz, mastermind of shutdown, remains defiant amid criticism

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz

Jeanna Smialek and Anna Edney Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who was among the architects of the 16-day partial federal government shutdown, remained unrepentant as senior members of his party criticised his tactics in fighting...

Republican party civil war on the cards after shutdown

US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

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...

US inches back from fiscal cliff

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Lesley Clark, David Lightman Republican and Democrat congressional leaders emerged optimistic from presidential talks aimed at avoiding a tumble over the ''fiscal cliff'', offering hints of a compromise that would combine new...

Eleventh-hour tax deal on table

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.

Congress sits on its hands as the fiscal cliff looms

US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

Nick O'Malley WASHINGTON: Despite intense scrutiny and the growing frustration of the American public, the US Congress failed to come up with a weekend deal to avoid the sweeping tax hikes and spending cuts known...