Nancy Pelosi

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigns after security lapses

Angela Greiling Keane Embattled US Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, the first woman to lead the agency in charge of protecting the president, resigned amid mounting criticism over a series of security lapses.

Obama stresses US forces to have no 'combat mission' in Iraq

President Barack Obama speaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

Nick O'Malley Barack Obama has again declared he would not commit ground troops to battle against Islamic State militants as the US House of Representatives backs his plan to arm and train Syrian rebels.

Republican House votes to sue US President Barack Obama for constitutional overreach

So sue me. US President Barack Obama in Kansas City, Missouri, on Wednesday.

Paul Kane and Zachary Goldfarb The Republican controlled US House of Representatives has voted to proceed with a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, saying that his executive actions are so extreme that they violate the...

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...

Republicans offer 'clean' debt ceiling hike

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner.

House Speaker John Boehner will bring vote on raising the US debt ceiling with no strings attached, marking a clear victory for President Barack Obama.

Obama's health secretary resigns

US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is stepping down from the job.

Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will step down on Friday.

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...

Nick O'Malley

11th hour deal gives Obama a breather


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...

State of the Union? Divided by the gun

Ted Nugent

Nick O'Malley One way to get an idea of just how divided these United States are at present is to have a quick glance at the guest list for the State of the Union speech.

Shooting victim a lead weapon in gun-control fight

Gabrielle Giffords and Mike Kelly

Sari Horwitz For hours, Gabrielle Giffords had been working the halls of Congress, walking with difficulty or being pushed in her wheelchair.

Wendy Davis, a rising star in 'battleground' Texas

State Senator Wendy Davis

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...

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.

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...

Chinese dissident pleads for his family

Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng

WASHINGTON: The dissident at the centre of a stand-off between China and the US has accused Beijing of failing to live up to its promises as US politicians rallied behind him.

Democrats to swallow 'Satan sandwich'

Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi

Paul Kane, Lori Montgomery WASHINGTON: A plan to lift America's debt limit and reduce government spending has cleared a hurdle in the House of Representatives and was expected to clear the Senate early today Sydney time, as...

Emotional return upstages US vote

James Rowley and Lisa Lerer, Washington Seven months after a gunman's bullet shattered her skull, Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords makes a surprise and emotional return to Capitol Hill to vote for raising the US debt ceiling.

Tensions rise in US debt talks House Speaker accuses White House of moving goal posts

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, take part in a meeting  in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 14, 2011, with Republican and Democratic leaders regarding the debt ceiling. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Simon Mann US congressional leaders were looking to issue soothing words before today's opening of Asian financial markets, as tortuous negotiations over raising America's debt ceiling in return for budget...

US calls for calm as debt crunch nears


Simon Mann WASHINGTON: Congressional leaders were looking to issue soothing words before today's opening of Asian financial markets, after torturous negotiations over raising America's debt ceiling teetered...