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On the campaign trail with Newt Gingrich

Chris McGreal in Sarasota, Florida Former Speaker preaches a conservative revolution - and it alarms the Republican party establishment.

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson looks to back a mainstream Republican who can win in 2016

Matea Gold Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who along with his wife plowed more than $US92 million into efforts to help mostly losing candidates in the 2012 elections, is undertaking a new strategy for 2016 - to...

Pressure mounts on governor to veto Arizona anti-gay law

Mounting pressure to veto the law: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

Nick O'Malley Pressure is mounting on the Republican governor of Arizona to veto a law signed by every Republican member of the state’s senate designed to legalise discrimination against gays.

Republican party civil war on the cards after shutdown

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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 Justice Department wants shorter drug sentences to free up prisons

The American flag flies over one of its prisons.

Charlie Savage In a major shift in criminal justice policy, the Obama administration will move on Monday to ease overcrowding in federal prisons by ordering prosecutors to omit listing quantities of illegal...

Actions speak loudest

Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott in Sydney's Western suburbs at Molgoa Pre School.

Charlie Pickering 'Grassroots', 'mutual obligation' and 'working families' have morphed beyond usefulness.

Gingrich quits Republican race in face of Romney onslaught

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Nick O'Malley Republican candidate Newt Gingrich appears to have finally conceded defeat, all but officially ending his campaign in a speech to party members in North Carolina overnight.

Romney wins five primaries, as Obama hits back on Fallon show

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Nick O'Malley Having won five north-eastern states in the US, an inevitable clean sweep, Mitt Romney has essentially staked his claim to be the Republican nominee, in a speech widely declared to be the best of...

Let the polls begin - Obama ready to hit the campaign trail

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Nick O'Malley Before the corpse of Gingrich's campaign was in the casket, the US general election had begun.

Secret Service gets Cinderella curfew at Obama's ball

US President Barack Obama laughs at comedian Jimmy Kimmel at the White House Correspondents Association annual dinner in Washington.

President Barack Obama unveiled his "secret agenda" for a second term last night, vowing to "win the war on Christmas" and replace the former ban on gays serving openly in the military with a policy...

Obama makes 'em laugh at White House dinner

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Matt Buchanan and Sacha Molitorisz THE US President poked fun at himself, Congress, the Secret Service, the media and particularly his rival Mitt Romney on Saturday night.

Gingrich left with $4m bill after quitting presidential race

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich pauses while announcing that he is suspending his presidential campaign, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in Arlington, Va.

WASHINGTON: The political comeback of Newt Gingrich has finally ended in failure but even as he acknowledged the end of his US presidential ambitions, he was still thinking big.

Romney takes Republican Presidential nomination with Texas win

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Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination by winning the Texas primary, taking the contest by a wide margin that put him over the top in the delegate chase.

Romney wins over Trump, Texas

As billionaire Donald Trump put his celebrity status behind a Las Vegas fundraiser for Mitt Romney last night, neither man addressed questions the real estate developer and reality television star...

Romney to back Israeli Iran strike

US Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney

Lisa Lerer, Washington Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would back an Israeli military strike on Iran to stop the country from developing nuclear capabilities, according to a top campaign aide.

Early voters key to deciding US presidency

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Nick O'Malley The US election could be decided long before election day as the two contenders mobilise to have their supporters take advantage of early voting laws.

Super rich cashing in to reshape the world

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Nick O'Malley A MONTH before the presidential election, America's political landscape is awash with cash. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been pumped into the election by corporations, unions and...

Former Democrat candidate McGovern dies

George McGovern

WASHINGTON: The former US senator George McGovern, a liberal icon who vowed to end the Vietnam War but lost a landslide presidential election to Richard Nixon in 1972, has died at the age of 90.

Republicans' next battle is with themselves

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Paul McGeough BOSTON: Where does the Republican Party go in a country that again has affirmed its middle-of-the-road political personality?

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National defeat the starting gun for Republican civil war

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Paul McGeough Where does the Republican Party go in a country that again has affirmed its middle-of-the-road political personality?