Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley

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

Cold weather turns lethal across the US

Nick O'Malley Chicago: As the “polar vortex” bringing record low temperatures crept across America on Monday, the cold became so intense that for a time it became difficult to describe. 

US faces coldest days in recent history

Cold snap: Taking on the snow in Champaign, Illinois.

Nick O'Malley Chicago: Clifton Jackson has survived three winters on the streets of Chicago, but no night in that time has been as cold as the one he was preparing for on Sunday afternoon.

Belief in evolution declines among Republicans as party lurches rightward

A Tea Party supporter on mid-term election night 2010.

Nick O'Malley The number of Republican voters who do not believe in evolution has jumped from 43 per cent to 54 per cent over the past four years, new research has found.

Foreign diplomats accused of human trafficking, assault in US

Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general, has been accused of underpaying a domestic worker she brought to the US from India.

Nick O'Malley The prosecution of a diplomat in New York for visa fraud has not only caused an ugly spat between India and America, but prompted a new focus in the United States on allegations of assault, human...

Gangster Tavon White and Baltimore's deadly law and order politics

Prison bars

Nick O'Malley The city's leaders are accused of exploiting the takeover of a prison system by a gang.

'Busy' Obama sends gay delegate Billie Jean King to Russia's Olympics

Message to Russia: Gay former tennis star Billie Jean King will join the US delegation to the opening ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Nick O'Malley The slights from the White House to the Russian hosts of the Winter Olympics could not be more studied nor more pointed.

Debt threat to Detroit's art collection forces city to get creative

People look at a mural by artist Diego Rivera at the Art Institute of Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.

Nick O'Malley Standing in a sun-filled glass covered atrium in the heart of the Detroit Institute of the Arts, one of America’s great public galleries, a guide gazed up at one of the famous Diego Rivera...

How Duck Dynasty exposed a new Christmas culture war

Phil Robertson: likened homosexuality to alcoholism and terrorism.

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.

Did New Jersey governor Christie go a bridge too far?

Presidential hopeful: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie celebrates his landslide re-election in November.

Nick O'Malley It is an allegation that at first blush seems too preposterous to take seriously. Allies of Chris Christie, one of the most popular politicians in America, have been accused of closing ramps onto the...

US budget deal clears key vote

Rare co-operation: The decision to end debate on the budget deal virtually guarantees the bill will soon be voted on and become law.

Nick O'Malley The US Senate has voted to end debate on a budget deal, virtually guaranteeing that the bill will soon be voted on and become law.

Court makes surprise ruling against 'Orwellian' NSA

Judge rules US phone data program unlawful (Thumbnail)

Nick O'Malley The American government's indiscriminate gathering of its citizen's phones records is 'almost Orwellian' and probably unconstitutional a US district court judge has found in a decision likely to be...

Obama and his supporters look back on lost year

Annus horribilis: Barack Obama has lost much of his re-election momentum.

Nick O'Malley The President's year has been clouded by the government shutdown and the spying controversy. And that is before the abysmal launch of his flagship health care reform.

One year after Sandy Hook, Americans still up in arms

As the U.S. Senate takes up gun legislation in Washington, DC , Mike Acevedo puts a weapon on display at the National Armory gun store on April 11

Nick O'Malley One year after the Sandy Hook massacre, America is still fiercely divided over its gun laws.

One year on: Sandy Hook service remembers all victims of gun violence

Nick O'Malley, Washington Washington: One by one the family members rose to stand before the altar at the Washington National Cathedral and tell their stories of loss in  a service of remembrance of all victims of gun...

One year on: Sandy Hook service remembers all victims of gun violence

Miranda Pacchiana, centre, of Newtown, Conn., wipes her eye during a National Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence just prior to the first anniversary marking the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting at Washington National Cathedral on Thursday,  in Washington.

Nick O'Malley One by one the family members rose to stand before the altar at the Washington National Cathedral and tell their stories of loss in a service of remembrance for all victims of gun violence in...

Sandy Hook massacre: Gun lobby targets Australia

Turmoil: Residents grieve following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Nick O'Malley Australia has again become a focus of the increasingly bitter debate over gun control in the United States.

Obama-Castro handshake jolts US-Cuba issue to life

Barack Obama and Raul Castro

Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama’s tribute to Nelson Mandela at the memorial service in South Africa has been overwhelmed in America by discussion of his handshake with Cuban president Raul Castro, a nation...

Beijing tactic makes waves in disputed sea

Japan Coast Guard vessel PS206 Houou.

Philip Wen Beijing and Nick O'Malley When China marked out an expansive swath of airspace above the East China Sea and effectively claimed it as under its control, it was seen as an abrupt escalation of an already tense territorial...

East China Sea: Tension over disputed islands increases


Philip Wen, Nick O'Malley When China marked out an expansive swathe of airspace above the East China Sea and effectively claimed it to be under its control, it was seen as an abrupt stepping up of an already tense territorial...

Black Friday protesters want Wal-Mart to pay

Customers shop at a Walmart store in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles November 26, 2013. This year, Black Friday starts earlier than ever, with some retailers, including Wal-Mart, opening early on Thanksgiving evening. About 140 million people were expected to shop over the four-day weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)

Nick O'Malley The day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year in America, with people camping in front of stores across the country for days to be first in line for sales, much as they do in...