Celebrations more subdued this time round

Barack Obama

Nick O'Malley Over the next 24 hours Barack Obama will place his hand on three Bibles to swear two oaths before God to faithfully execute the Office of President of these ostensibly secular United States, becoming...

Obama victory explained

U.S. President Barack Obama stands on stage with his wife Michelle Obama, left, and daughters Sasha, second left, and Malia, right, before making an acceptance speech during an election night rally in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., in the early morning on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. Obama, the post-partisan candidate of hope who became the first black U.S. president, won re-election today by overcoming four years of economic discontent with a mix of political populism and electoral math. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Barack Obama; Malia Obama; Sasha Obama; Michelle ObamaClick to play video

US correspondent Nick O'Malley explains the logistics of the Obama Presidential victory.

Obama's focus shifts to 'fiscal cliff'

Voters get ready in Obama's hometown (Thumbnail)

Nick O'Malley Less than 15 hours after his victory speech in Chicago, Barack Obama had returned to the White House, and Republican House Majority leader John Boehner had begun to position the GOP for the pending...

Gay marriage push heaps woe on Republicans

Whitney Young, left,

Nick O'Malley Not only did the conservative movement fail to win either the White House or the Senate on Tuesday night in America, voters in state referendums across the country rejected some of its key positions,...

'Historic' day for gay marriage

Erik Eckholm Voters in Maine and Maryland on Tuesday approved same-sex marriage on a day of election results that jubilant gay rights advocates called a historic turning point, the first time marriage for gay men...

Republicans' next battle is with themselves


Paul McGeough BOSTON: Where does the Republican Party go in a country that again has affirmed its middle-of-the-road political personality?

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International reaction to Obama's win

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono with US President Barack Obama

ISRAEL: Israel awoke to the news it faced what many see as a political and diplomatic relationship in need of rehabilitation.

Good relations key to President's second term

Daniel Flitton BREATHE a sigh of relief, Australia - had Mitt Romney won the day, it would have made for an ugly time with our big alliance partner.

Return to gridlock: it's down to business for a house split in two


Karen Tumulty WASHINGTON: The election sorted out winners and losers, but it left intact a polarised governing structure in Washington that has been unable to produce much more than gridlock during the past couple...

Peter Hartcher

Superman has just 54 days to save the world

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Peter Hartcher WHEN Barack Obama was still campaigning for the presidency first time around, he was unsettled to receive his first top-secret security briefing from US intelligence chiefs.

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Senate Tea Party leaves Republicans reeling

Suporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney react to results on election night.

Jonathan Weisman, New York NEW YORK: Democrats snatched Republican Senate seats in Indiana and Massachusetts and were poised to hold control of the Senate, handing Republicans a string of stinging defeats for the second...

Washington, Colorado allow marijuana's recreational use

Washington and Colorado voters approved legalisation of marijuana for recreational use, making them the first U.S. states to decriminalise the practice.

Obama reaches out to nation

US President Barack Obama

Nick O'Malley, United States Correspondent in Illinois Chicago, Illinois: Barack Obama has won his re-election, stitching together a coalition among groups that the Republican Party failed to appeal to women, young voters, Hispanics, gays and even...

Four more years: Obama sweeps to victory


US President Barack Obama swept to a emphatic re-election win over Mitt Romney, forging new history by transcending a dragging economy and the stifling unemployment which haunted his first term.

Party time in Washington DC

Washington DC, Obama re-elected

Natasha Rudra The screaming could be heard down the leafy residential streets of upscale Dupont Circle in Washington DC - "Four more years! Four more years!"

Quick end to Romney's long campaign

Mitt Romney

Republican challenger Mitt Romney has conceded defeat in the US election, telling supporters that he had called President Barack Obama to congratulate him on his victory.

Gillard, Abbott congratulate Obama on re-election

Dan Harrison Prime Minister Julia Gillard has congratulated Barack Obama on his re-election. Ms Gillard issued a statement offering ''warm congratulations'' to the President on behalf of her government and the...

Paul McGeough

Defeat for a man of contradictions


Paul McGeough MITT ROMNEY'S bid for the US presidency failed because voters saw through him – as a candidate the man was a political chameleon.

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Romney not cut out for Canberra party

Barack Obama cutout at the National Press Club in Canberra.

Jacqueline Maley and David Wroe Mitt Romney did not receive much love today. The guests at the US embassy party at the National Press Club in Canberra did not elect him in their non-compulsory mock poll (Obama romped home with 85...

US election parties fly the flag Down Under


Vince Chadwick and Henrietta Cook Red and blue balloons and life-size cardboard cut-outs of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama greet guests as they file through a body scanner and into the US election party.