Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley

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

2016 US presidential battle starts with hot dogs, sleepovers and home visits

Nick O'Malley Sleepovers, hot dogs, small home gatherings. Yep. It's the 4th of July long weekend and the US presidential battle is in full swing.


Barack Obama's big week points to president's lasting legacy

US President Barack Obama winks at visitors and reporters as he arrives back at the White House on Wednesday.

Nick O'Malley The president whose place in history could easily have been destroyed, has emerged as one of the most consequential Democratic leaders of the modern era.

'I mean what I say': Chris Christie launches into US presidential race

Republican US presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination as his children (L-R) Sarah, Bridget and Andrew look on.

Nick O'Malley New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is either a tell-it-like-it-is straight talker or a brash and abrasive bully.

The 2016 Republican presidential candidates

Jeb Bush has the best name recognition and fundraising resources of the Republican presidential candidates.

Nick O'Malley The Republican candidates are mostly former or current senators or governors, with one African American and one woman in the race.

US executions like being burned alive, says Supreme Court justice

Clayton Lockett, whose execution last year was botched.

Nick O'Malley Court rejects challenge to use of lethal injections, saying lawyers had failed to identify other means a state could use to kill inmates.

Activism fomented by Koch brothers turns against them

Nick O'Malley As big business in the United States and Australia battles renewable energy initiatives, advocates of green power are fighting back.

Amazing Grace

Barack Obama sings Amazing Grace during Clementa Pinckney eulogy

Barack Obama  leads mourners in singing the song Amazing Grace.

Nick O'Malley  In an address unlike any other given by this president – or by any before him – Barack Obama on Friday farewelled his friend, the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was gunned down...

Marriage Equality

US Supreme Court enshrines same-sex marriage and gays celebrate across the nation

Supporters of same-sex marriage celebrate outside of the Supreme Court in Washington.

Nick O'Malley As Justice Anthony Kennedy read his majority opinion from the bench a crowd outside exploded with joy. Hundreds sang, danced, hugged and wept.

Supreme Court backs Barack Obama's healthcare legacy

Major victory for his legacy ... President Barack Obama (right), accompanied by Vice-President Joe Biden, talks about the US Supreme Court's decision to protect the Affordable Care Act.

Nick O'Malley US President Barack Obama on Thursday praised a Supreme Court decision upholding tax subsidies crucial to his 2010 healthcare law, saying the ruling was a victory for hardworking Americans.

Bobby Jindal throws clown wig into US Election ring

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announces his candidacy for the 2016 presidential nomination.

Nick O'Malley Once considered to be a policy heavyweight who could broaden the base of his party, Bobby Jindal is now trailing 'None of the above' in the polls.


Charleston aftermath: Why not stop selling guns as well as Confederate flags

Attendees look over hand guns at the 144th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Nashville, Tennessee, in April.

Nick O'Malley US retailers have started banning the sale of items displaying the divisive Confederate flag, but it's unlikely they will stop selling that other, much more profitable, merchandise.

A president's legacy, a nation's influence: Barack Obama poised for trade win

Smiling: US President Barack Obama at an event in the White House.

Nick O'Malley Authority would give Obama administration the power to finalise the negotiations with 11 other trade partners, including Australia.

How love conquered hate in Charleston church where shooting occurred

Congregants from other churches pray outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Nick O'Malley It is often sadly noted that the racial divide in America is nowhere more noticeable than in worship. Blacks attend black churches, whites pray alongside whites.

Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof burning flag, posing with guns on racist website

A handout photograph posted to a website with a racist manifesto appears to show Dylann Roof posing with a handgun.

Nick O'Malley In newly discovered photographs of Dylann Roof, the young white man accused of massacring a black prayer group in Charleston, he poses with a Confederate flag, gazing as dully at the camera as he did...

Charleston church massacre reignites bitter debate over Confederate symbol of segregation

The South Carolina and American flags flying at half-mast behind the Confederate flag at the State Capitol building in Columbia, South Carolina on Friday.

Nick O'Malley The mass killing in a church at the heart of African American history has reignited an old and bitter debate over the place of Confederate flag in the South

Forgiving Dylann Roof, the Charleston gunman

Dylann Roof appears by closed-circuit television at his bond hearing in Charleston, South Carolina.

Nick O'Malley Family members of those killed in a mass shooting in a church in Charleston rose to confront their murderer and to forgive him in an extraordinary court hearing in Charleston on Friday afternoon.

Charleston shooting: ad underscores tragic depth of America's gun culture

Attendees look over pistols on display at the NRA convention in April in Nashville.

Nick O'Malley Even as Charleston was coming to grips with the atrocity committed in one of its churches the evening before, the hometown paper thudded onto doorsteps on Thursday morning with an unlikely...

Barack Obama on Charleston shooting: 'this doesn't happen in other countries'

President Barack Obama was quick to address the problem of gun control in the US after another mass shooting.

Nick O'Malley Normally after mass shootings, United States politicians observe an unofficial period of grace before they address their broader causes. Not this time.

Jeb Bush and George W Bush: how they compare

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush

Nick O'Malley Presidential candidate Jeb Bush is the brother of President George W Bush. They are the sons of President George H W Bush. How do they compare?

Real estate mogul Donald Trump says he is running for US president

Not taken seriously ... US Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination at Trump Tower in New York.

Nick O'Malley The reality TV star, developer, billionaire and serial bankrupt Donald Trump has announced his candidacy for president, finally and completely obliterating any hopes the Republican Party's elders had...