Nick O Malley on Mitch Mcconnell

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 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.

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...

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...

No deal: Congress stares at cliff failure

Nick O'Malley 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 as the...

Rancour and relief as US pulls back from brink

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

Nick O'Malley Minutes before the midnight deadline of the fiscal cliff Democrats started celebrating a partial victory – it appeared the White House and Senate leaders had cut a deal and the US would begin...

US pulls back from the cliff

US Vice President Joe Biden.

Nick O'Malley Minutes before the midnight deadline of the fiscal cliff, Democrats started celebrating a partial victory.

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11th hour deal gives Obama a breather

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Nick O'Malley WASHINGTON: Minutes before the midnight deadline of the fiscal cliff, Democrats started celebrating a partial victory.

Debt battle rages, with Republicans firing first

Mitch McConnell

Nick O'Malley BEFORE the dust has even begun to settle from the battle over the so-called fiscal cliff in Washington there were indications over the weekend that the New Year's Eve showdown might have been a...