Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley is the United States correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Chief Justice's stance on gay marriage sets state and federal authorities at loggerheads

Nick O'Malley Alabama woman Rosa Parks sparked the civil rights movement with her bus seat protest; the city's chief justice is standing up against what he perceives to be a tyranny of a different order.

Barack Obama adamant: US not at war with Islam

US President Barack Obama speaking on extremism.

Nick O'Malley The careful words the White House uses to describe the jihadist threat pale in comparison with Islamic State's horror videos and online propaganda.

Jeb Bush draws on, distances himself from family name

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush would rather not be confused with the other Bush presidents the world knows so well.

Nick O'Malley Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has at once embraced his family’s legacy in the White House while distancing himself from some policies of his brother and father in a major foreign policy...

Kevin Rudd makes debut as president of Asia Society Policy Institute

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd is the inaugural president of the Asia Society Policy Institute.

Nick O'Malley Joking that the only future for a former Australian prime minister was political exile in the United States, Kevin Rudd has made his first appearance as the inaugural president of the Asia Society...

Keystone bill heads to Obama, veto expected

US President Barack Obama is expected to use his veto to block construction of the pipeline.

Nick O'Malley The Republican Party has used its new dominance in Congress to overwhelmingly approve the construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline to transport tar sands oil from Canada through the...

Obama asks Congress to authorise military force against Islamic State

President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Nick O'Malley United States President Barack Obama has at once flagged the possibility of unleashing US special forces troops against Islamic State militants while ruling out an American ground war.

Aid to poor countries unnecessary if companies paid taxes, says Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop.

Nick O'Malley An international system of law based on nation states is the best way to build peaceful and prosperous societies, Foreign Minister says.

Obama strikes defiant note on climate change, wages, taxation and trade

Confident: US President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address.

Nick O'Malley Mr Obama was buoyant and aggressive, reminding some of his supporters more of the man they elected in 2008 than the defensive leader he had become since.

Barack Obama's State of the Union task: impose vision regardless of Republican backing

Barack Obama delivering his 2014 State of the Union address a year ago as Vice-President Joe Biden (left) and House Speaker John Boehner look on.

Nick O'Malley On Tuesday night Barack Obama will give his seventh State of the Union address, an institution of both high theatrics and, according to some observers, high farce.

Liberal city weighs the ultimate penalty before Boston Marathon trial

Runners continue towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as a bomb detonates.

Nick O'Malley, United States Correspondent, Boston Two years after a foot race became a bloodbath, an accused terrorist is on trial for his life, writes Nick O’Malley in Boston.

Oh, yes, Mitt Romney mulls another presidential run

Former US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney make take another crack at the White House.

Nick O'Malley Last January Mitt Romney was asked if he would consider running for the White House again. "Oh, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no." he said - but now he's reconsidering.

Charlie Hebdo cartoons: media around the world chart different courses

Reading the latest issue of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

Nick O'Malley The delicate balance between upholding freedom of the press and refraining from needlessly offending religious believers has exercised the minds of editors around the world since the militants'...

Paris terrorist attack: Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier's mission was to mock religious extremists

Killed by gunmen ... Charlie Hebdo's publisher and editor Stephane Charbonnier in 2012. A 24-year-old man faced trial for allegedly threatening to behead Charbonnier in September, 2012.

Nick O'Malley “It just so happens I'm more likely to get run over by a bicycle in Paris than get assassinated," the late cartoonist and editor of Charlie Hebdo, Stephane Charbonnier, told the Los Angeles...

US House Speaker John Boehner survives conservative coup

US House Speaker John Boehner  kisses House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as Republicans take control of Congress.

Nick O'Malley The Republican Party has taken control of the United States Congress but it was a rocky start for House Speaker John Boehner.

Republican majority's first order of business? A failed coup against House Speaker

A man with a few ideas about leadership: Texas Republican congressman Louie Gohmert.

Nick O'Malley Republicans had hoped to use their dominance in the new congressional term that began on Tuesday to demonstrate to Americans that they were ready to govern rather than obstruct, ready to win the...

Jeffrey Epstein scandal – a timeline

Wall Street financier Jeffrey Epstein, a known friend of Prince Andrew, was convicted in 2008 of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution.

Nick O'Malley The explosive new allegations of abuse of Virginia Roberts by Prince Andrew begins with another broader, older, scandal – that the billionaire American financier Jeffrey Epstein procured young...

Bill Clinton drawn into Prince Andrew sex scandal

Former US President Bill Clinton and his wife, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, seen here in Iowa in September, have been roped into a seamy sex scandal.

Nick O'Malley Former US president Bill Clinton and well-known celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz have now been drawn into the lurid sex scandal spawned by allegations that American financier Jeffrey Epstein used a...

Republicans in excellent form for colourful 2016 presidential campaign

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is considering a presidential run.

Nick O'Malley No one should have been surprised when the evangelical former governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee announced on Saturday he would quit his show to properly consider another run for the White...

Warming world's rising seas wash away some of South Florida's glitz

Rising concern: Geologist Harold Wanless takes a stroll through flooded Miami streets.

Nick O'Malley It's just past sunset and the strip at South Beach, Miami, is pumping. It is the biggest weekend of the year in America's glitziest city.