Nick O'Malley is the United States correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
Nick O'Malley As expected, with the first competitions of the 2016 primary campaign only three weeks away, Thursday night's Republican debate at times turned mean.
Nick O'Malley As the start of the primary season looms, the top Republican and Democratic candidates have attacked their party rivals.
Nick O'Malley Controversial property tycoon leads race for nomination not only in political polls, but also in betting markets.
Nick O'Malley US President Barack Obama used his valedictory State of the Union address both to defend his record in office and to seek to frame the terms of the elections to come.
Nick O'Malley "We leave one seat empty ... for the victims of gun violence who no longer have a voice – because they need the rest of us to speak for them. To tell their stories.
Nick O'Malley Standing by a sign reading Employees Only on the doorstep of the remote federal government building he helped to seize and has vowed to defend with force of arms, LaVoy Finicum could not be more...
Nick O'Malley Barack Obama's rhetoric on the scourge of gun violence it is such a modest proposal that research suggests it is backed not only by a majority of Americans but by a majority of Republicans, even by a...
Nick O'Malley The President is expected to close or tighten "the gun show loophole", which lets private dealers skip background checks on buyers.
Nick O'Malley The anger in America has been palpable for years, and for a long time it has appeared the angriest Americans were conservative ones, in particular, conservative white Americans.
Nick O'Malley The armed militants who led the takeover of the headquarters of a wildlife refuge in Oregon claim to be acting in defence of local ranchers facing jail for starting fires on federal government land.
Nick O'Malley President Obama was aware that Republicans would oppose most of his actions this year but managed to force change nonetheless.
Nick O'Malley The most recent issue of the National Rifle Association's 64-page magazine has seven stories either based on Australian gun laws or referencing them.
Nick O'Malley A Republican senator is investigating whether Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz released classified information while discussing the National Security Agency during Tuesday night's debate.
Nick O'Malley Of the 75 political claims by Donald Trump during the current campaign that have been vetted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact checking organisation Politifact not one has been rated as "True".
Nick O'Malley In their last debate of the year, the Republican Party's presidential candidates gathered in a casino in Nevada and spoke of little else but fear and strength.
Nick O'Malley The last Republican debate of the year in Nevada will stand out from the previous clash for two key reasons: it might be seriously engaging and it might actually matter.
Nick O'Malley Surrounded by the bulk of his National Security Council, Barack Obama, addressed the threat from the Islamic State for the second time in just over a week.
Nick O'Malley Since 1976, the Republican Party has had a clear front runner well before the convention, which the party then runs as a weeklong PR event for the nominee.
Nick O'Malley The cycle of shock and outrage that Trump constantly provokes serves his campaign well and appears to be a deliberate strategy rather than a series of missteps.
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