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Pressure mounts on governor to veto Arizona anti-gay law

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.

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

School security chief: 'I knew Lanza' (Thumbnail)

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


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...

Early voters key to deciding US presidency

Romney makes 'pledge' on 'under God'  (Thumbnail)

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

David Lee

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...

Newsmaker: John Boehner

Nick O'Malley Keeping his emotions in check will be a test for the next US Speaker, writes Nick O'Malley.

Romney set to claim two states in Super Tuesday race

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

Nick O'Malley Polls have just closed in the first three of ten states voting in Super Tuesday - and US Republican hopeful Mitt Romney is expected to win in at least two of them.

Romney leads way but fails to fire

By Nick O'Malley MITT Romney ground his way to another uninspiring and indecisive victory in his campaign to secure the Republican presidential nomination in the Super Tuesday primaries.

US appeals for calm after Afghan shooting

Nick O'Malley Afghan president Hamid Karzai condemned the attack as an 'inhuman and intentional act.'

US braces for reprisals as Taliban vow revenge for killings


Nick O'Malley US FORCES in Afghanistan were last night bracing for revenge attacks after an American soldier went on a pre-dawn rampage, killing 16 civilians including women and children.

Mouths in the south: US campaign hits redneck trail


Nick O'Malley As the polls close in the Republican primaries in Mississippi and Alabama, the three contestants are still getting their South on.

Defeat fails to dent Gingrich's resolve


Nick O'Malley The Republican Party's bitter fight to select a presidential nominee will grind on with Newt Gingrich refusing to bow out despite Rick Santorum's victories in the Deep South.

Races still to run but Romney looks a sure bet

Mitt Romney.

Nick O'Malley ''One of my opponents recently said that it would take an act of God for me to win this primary," Rick Santorum told the congregation of an evangelical church in Puerto Rico this week.

Candidates summon friendly ghost back into the saddle

Rick Santorum

Nick O'Malley FOR a man who has been dead since 2004, the former president Ronald Reagan has had a busy primary campaign.

Dogged candidates still hanging in as relaxed Romney sweeps Illinois

Nick O'Malley Rick Santorum has a huge task ahead to beat the Republican frontrunner.

Santorum tightens his grip on the Bible Belt

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

Nick O'Malley, New Orleans Rick Santorum's thumping victory in Louisiana was called seconds after the polls.

One fatal shot echoes across a divided US


Nick O'Malley, Washington It took three weeks for the story of Trayvon Martin's killing to creep up the Florida panhandle, seep into America's consciousness and take over the news.