Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley

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

US Elections: Republicans think America is in serious decline

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.


Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton turn on party rivals as Iowa caucus bears down

Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz in Iowa.

Nick O'Malley As the start of the primary season looms, the top Republican and Democratic candidates have attacked their party rivals.

For first time, odds favour Donald Trump

Donald Trump is now the favourite to win the Republican presidential nomination, according to Betfair.

Nick O'Malley Controversial property tycoon leads race for nomination not only in political polls, but also in betting markets.


State of the Union address: Obama's few regrets

Barack Obama  at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.

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.

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State of the Union: Empty seat honours the dead

Barack Obama waves before giving his State of the Union address last year. This year's will be his last.

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.

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Oregon militia taking a stand


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...

Barack Obama's soaring rhetoric on gun violence matched by timidity of his measures

President Barack Obama wipes tears from his eyes as he speaks in the White House on Tuesday, about his determination to address gun violence.

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...

Barack Obama to bypass Congress to take action on guns

Attorney General Loretta Lynch listens as President Barack Obama speaks about gun control.

Nick O'Malley The President is expected to close or tighten "the gun show loophole", which lets private dealers skip background checks on buyers.

America: land of the furious, home of the rage

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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.

Oregon stand-off: the long, angry road from Bundy Ranch

Ryan Bundy talks on the phone at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon.

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.

President Obama's year of action in spite of Congress divides the US politically

President Barack Obama has become adept at using his executive powers to force changes that once would have depended on Congressional support.

Nick O'Malley President Obama was aware that Republicans would oppose most of his actions this year but managed to force change nonetheless.

Australia looms large in latest National Rifle Association manifesto

Potential customers try out handguns at an annual NRA event in Tennessee in April.

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.

Did Senator Ted Cruz release classified information during Republican debate?

Senator Ted Cruz at the debate.

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.

Donald Trump's 'facts' under fire

Republican presidential contender  Donald Trump leads the pack despite credibility issues. Checking his campaign statements, Politifact considers 16 to be Pants on Fire, 29 to be False and 12 to be Mostly False.

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".

Republican candidates jostle one another in a toughness pageant

2016 Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush stand on stage at the start of the debate  in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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.


For Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, last debate of 2015 has real stakes

Texas senator Ted Cruz, part of the 2010 congressional intake, is hated and feared by the Republican establishment almost as much as Donald Trump himself.

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.

President Obama talks tough on Islamic State

President Barack Obama talks about Islamic State at the Pentagon on Monday.

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.

Why a contested Republican convention would be a big deal

Convention disorder

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.

Donald Trump's hate rants have an eager audience

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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.