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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.

Billionaires call on Congress to 'roll out the welcome mat' to immigrants

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in 2012.

Jonathan Allen Three of the world's richest men - Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Sheldon Adelson - have castigated Congress, and particularly the Republican-led House of Representatives, over its failure to revamp...

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.

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...

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...

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?

First moves on tough road to gun control

A woman wipes her eye as she visits a makeshift memorial near Sandy Hook Elementary School

Nick O'Malley The debate that many gun control advocates have been hoping for in America erupted on the Sunday morning political TV programs.

Senators speak in favour of gun reform

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Nick O'Malley, Newtown, Connecticut THE debate that many gun control advocates have been hoping for in America erupted on the Sunday morning political TV programs.

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Parlous state of the union

U.S. President Barack Obama.

Nick O'Malley It was a grim American year, one that began with occasional moments of political farce, marked by economic indolence and ended in unspeakable tragedy.

'No more Mr Nice President'

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 06: Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on stage as he accepts the nomination for president during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC, which concludes today, nominated U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate.   Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Nick O'Malley There is a photograph of Barack Obama taken almost four years ago. He is in a tiny, wood-lined lift in the White House heading up to the residence for the first time.

'America's possibilities are limitless': Obama takes oath of office for second term

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Nick O'Malley Barack Obama has publicly sworn his oath of office for the second time before a crowd of hundreds of thousands in the National Mall, echoing the Declaration of Independence and calling for unity at...

Immortalised but divisive to the end

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Nick Miller As the congregation at St Paul's Cathedral wait on Wednesday for Margaret Thatcher's funeral cortege to arrive, they will be able to peruse Wordsworth's Ode: Intimations of Immortality on the back of...

Britain farewells Iron Lady

Margaret Thatcher.

Nick Miller Britain has said farewell to Margaret Thatcher in a ceremony doused in tradition and bookmarked by the hymns and poems of the patriots.

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.

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...

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.