Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley

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

Analysis

US cuts mark shift away from 'two wars' strategy

Nick O'Malley The cuts proposed by Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel would leave the United States with its smallest army since the outbreak of World War II, shift the nation off the war footing it has maintained for...

UN adopts Australian call for humanitarian relief in Syria

The UN Security Council

Nick O'Malley The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution co-authored by Australia condemning the Syrian government for starving its citizens and demanding both warring parties allow...

Australia co-authors Syrian humanitarian aid plan

Nick O'Malley The United Nations Security Council will vote on Saturday on a resolution co-authored by Australia that seeks to extend humanitarian aide to millions of civilians caught up in the increasingly brutal...

Stand your ground law means history will keep repeating

Michael Dunn

Nick O'Malley Americans might be struck by the brutality of Jordan Davis' death - killed over an argument about loud music - but they cannot claim to be surprised that a jury could not convict his killer of murder.

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Stand your ground law means history will keep repeating

Nick O'Malley Americans might be struck by the brutality of Jordan Davis' death - killed over an argument about loud music - but they cannot claim to be surprised that a jury could not convict his killer of murder.

Back from the brink

Cathey Park of Cambridge, Massachusetts holds up her cast for U.S. President Barack Obama to sign.

Nick O'Malley Right from the start of America's long cold winter, it looked as though the signature achievement of Barack Obama's presidency (healthcare reform) was destined to fail.

Hillary Clinton called Monica Lewinsky a 'narcissistic loony toon'

Hillary Clinton

Nick O'Malley A previously unpublished cache of papers has revealed that Hillary Clinton viewed Monica Lewinsky, the intern with whom her husband had an affair while president, as a 'narcissistic loony toon'.

Hollande's US visit to rekindle Franco-American affairs

French president Fran?ois Hollande.

Nick O'Malley You don't hear talk of "cheese eating surrender monkeys" in Washington, DC, these days. With the French President Francois Hollande in town for a state visit the focus is on the warmth of the...

Hollande's US visit to rekindle Franco-American affairs

Nick O'Malley You don’t hear talk of “cheese eating surrender monkeys” in Washington, DC, these days.

In the beginning was the debate, but there were few converts

Ken Ham, founder of the nonprofit ministry Answers in Genesis, poses with one of his favorite animatronic dinosaurs during a tour of the new Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., Thursday, May 24, 2007.  (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

Nick O'Malley During the debate between the Australian creationist Ken Ham and the American popular scientist Bill Nye, an ice storm blankets Ham's Creation Museum in a thick pelt of gritty, frozen rain.

Dinosaurs for Christ

Illustration: Michael Mucci.

Nick O'Malley On Tuesday night during a debate between Australian creationist Ken Ham and American popular scientist Bill Nye, an ice storm blanketed Ham's Creation Museum in a thick pelt of gritty frozen rain.

Creation vs evolution: the debate that went nowhere

Creation Museum head Ken Ham speaks during a debate on evolution with TV's

Nick O'Malley Kentucky: The ice storm did not keep the crowds away, nor the distant location of the Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky, a region known by some as the buckle of the Bible belt.

Obama faces uphill battle to sell State of Union 'year of action'

Last minute preparations: As seen from the Rose Garden, President Barack Obama works at his desk in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Monday ahead of Tuesday night's State of the Union speech.

Nick O'Malley Success for the White House will be measured by how much the speech manages to focus attention on growing inequality and how much it justifies the President’s plan to use his executive powers.

Julie Bishop welcomes US intelligence reforms, lashes Edward Snowden

Julie Bishop.

Nick O'Malley Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has at once welcomed reforms of American signals intelligence gathering announced by President Barack Obama and insisted that Australia’s current level of...

Botched Ohio execution raises death penalty dilemma

Dennis McGuire

Nick O'Malley Reporter Alan Johnson has witnessed 19 executions, but the killing of the murderer and rapist Dennis McGuire in Ohio last Thursday, he says, was different.

President Obama clamps down on spying on leaders of US allies, scales back NSA program

Addressing privacy concerns ... US President Barack Obama speaks about the surveillance techniques used by the National Security Agency (NSA) and intelligence agencies in Washington, DC.

Nick O'Malley Washington: President Barack Obama announced a ban on US eavesdropping on the leaders of close friends and allies on Friday, and rein in the vast collection of Americans' phone data in a series of...

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God's army

Book or Mormon

Nick O'Malley Nick O'Malley and Konrad Marshall meet the fresh-faced Mormon missionaries who may soon be knocking on your door.

Marlise Munoz, brain-dead and pregnant, is the latest focal point for US abortion debate

Centre of debate: Marlise Munoz, her husband, Erick, and their son, Mateo, aged 3 weeks.

Nick O'Malley With a ventilator slowly inflating her lungs and forcing oxygen into a bloodstream moved through her body by an artificial heartbeat, Marlise Munoz is unaware that she has become the focus of yet...

Australia's economic freedom outranks US: thinktank

Treasurer Joe Hockey

Nick O'Malley One of America’s best known conservative thinktanks has named Australia as the world’s third most free economy, after Singapore and Hong Kong, praising Australia’s low debt and...

New Jersey governor Chris Christie's troubles pile up after bridge closure scandal

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy in Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.

Nick O'Malley The New Jersey governor at the centre of allegations his office closed lanes on a commuter bridge to punish a political opponent faces new allegations of bullying and an investigation into the...