Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley

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

Laws in the gun after Zimmerman verdict

Nick O'Malley People appear to have forgotten that when race first became a factor in this case it was because for six weeks after the shooting Zimmerman was neither arrested nor charged.

Accused Boston bomber pleads not guilty

Boston bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears in court.

Nick O'Malley Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleads not guilty to setting off a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish on April 15.

Texas tightens voter laws as demographics shift

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks during an anti-abortion rally at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, July 8, 2013.

Nick O'Malley The Texas Attorney General was so excited about the US Supreme Court's decision to strike down elements of the Voting Rights Act last month that he could not even wait to draft a press statement,...

Resurrected politicians defy sordid pasts

Eliot Spitzer

Nick O'Malley In the cult US crime television series The Wire, a drug dealer is in a prison book club meeting when he is asked what F.

Governor 'Oops' Perry calls time in Texas


Nick O'Malley Rick Perry, who famously fluffed his lines as a US Republican presidential candidate, may be back in the hunt for the White House after ending his stint as Texas governor.

Guilt, innocence and the American way

Kirk Bloodsworth.

Nick O'Malley The first man to be freed from death row in the US because of DNA evidence remembers the moment his lawyer gave him the news as though it were yesterday.

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.

Two gay marriage victories in Supreme Court

Gay rights activists celebrate

Nick O'Malley Gay marriage had, in the words of one angry conservative, gone from “joke to dogma” in a decade.

Wendy's marathon filibuster bid


Nick O'Malley A Texas lawmaker who was a single mother at the age of 19 pursued what would have been a nearly 13-hour filibuster to block an anti-abortion bill.

US clings to affirmative action

Nick O'Malley Affirmative action has been preserved, for now, by the United States Supreme Court in the first of a series of decisions expected this week that will have a profound effect on how the US protects...

United States correspondent

Affirmative action serves supreme test

Nick O'Malley Affirmative action has been preserved, for now, by the United States Supreme Court in the first of a series of major decisions this week.

Battle to end abortion invokes prayer and politics

Christal Hutchison

Nick O'Malley Conservatives believe they can overturn the famous Roe v Wade judgment.

Anti-gay movement apologises, closes after 37 years

Nick O'Malley Washington: In perhaps the most startling example of the recent advances of the gay rights movement in America, one of the nation's most prominent religious opponents of homosexuality has dissolved...

Serena shamed over rape blame game


Nick O'Malley One of the people responsible for bringing the details of a teenage rape case to public attention says she is shocked by the callous attitude to the victim expressed by the tennis star Serena...

Murdoch split: the denial that unleashed the story

News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch filed for divorce from his wife of 14 years, Wendi Deng, seeking to end a marriage that had been irretrievably broken for more than six months, according to his spokesman.

Nick O'Malley As far as denials of burning hot stories go, the first one to come out of Tony Blair's office was not that prudent.

Grim milestone: shootings in America surpass death toll of troops in Iraq

Teresa Rousseau (R), the mother of school teacher Lauren Rousseau who was killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Nick O'Malley As America marks the six-month anniversary of the massacre of 20 children and six adults in the hamlet of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut, gun control advocates have noted that another milestone...

Hard to keep lid on growing secrets

US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Nick O'Malley Even as the investigations begin, it's not hard to see the similarities between Edward Snowden, the man behind the leaks on the United States' electronic surveillance program, and Bradley Manning, on...

How a young idealist went rogue

Nick O'Malley Even as the investigations begin it's not hard to see the similarities between Edward Snowden, the man behind the leaks on America's electronic surveillance program, and Bradley Manning, on trial for...

NSA leaker reveals himself after fleeing US

US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden

Nick O'Malley Edward Snowden, the man behind one of the most significant security leaks in American history, has revealed himself to be a 29-year-old systems analyst who had worked for a private security...

'Shirtsleeves summit' warms relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Nick O'Malley At the start of their two-day meeting in California on Saturday, US President Barack Obama welcomed the ''continuing peaceful rise of China as a world power'' and Xi Jinping declared the ''Pacific...