Nick O Malley on Sarah Palin

How Duck Dynasty exposed a new Christmas culture war

Nick O'Malley Each year after the leaves fall and Congress ends its business and real news recedes, the Christmas culture wars erupt in America.

Race the flame that spreads Americans' anger

US President Barack Obama

Nick O'Malley COLUMBUS, Ohio: Barack Obama wears the burden of office etched into his face. The comparison is often made between his wan, worn features today and those of the man sworn into office on that bright...

Obama's race to the finish in a divided land

Barack Obama then and now.

Nick O'Malley, Columbus, Ohio Barack Obama wears the burden of his office etched into his face. The comparison between his wan, worn features today and those of the man sworn into office on that bright day nearly four years ago...

There will be blood: the US right bites back

Marco Rubio

Nick O'Malley In American politics making speeches targeted directly at your base, with little or no concern for the niceties of centrism, is known as ''throwing out the red meat''.

History repeats: Gettysburg 150 years on


Nick O'Malley Some 150 years after the US Civil War's most famous battle, the division between North and South remains clear and often bitter.

Romney names fiscal conservative Ryan as Republican running mate

Mitt Romney

Nick O'Malley Paul Ryan, the 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman with close tea party ties and a reputation for wanting to slash taxes and shrink government has been named Mitt Romney’s Republican running mate.

Heat on Romney in election speech

Romney sweeps Puerto Rico primary (Thumbnail)

Peter Foster and Nick O'Malley, Tampa Mitt Romney was set to deliver a make-or-break speech to America early today putting himself forward as the man who can revive the world's largest economy even as a new poll showed him to be the...

Republicans warm to running mate Ryan

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan

Nick O'Malley It was good enough. Paul Ryan did not provoke the same geyser of excitement that Sarah Palin did four years ago, but in the most important speech of his life the new Republican vice-presidential...

Polarised America: choose your own truth

People listen to U.S. President Barack Obama

Nick O'Malley That footage of Mitt Romney dismissing half the US electorate to a room full of wealthy donors that leaked last Monday may turn out to have been a signal moment of the campaign.

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.

Republicans start the search for Mitt's best mate


Nick O'Malley The focus has shifted from who will win the Republican presidential nominee to who will Mitt Romney will pick as his running mate.

Romney running mate up in air but 'dull' firms as safe bet


Nick O'Malley Discussion of who Republican presidential hopeful's running mate will be has reached fever pitch.