US Senate Democrats have backed away from a possible historic crackdown on filibusters in exchange for a Republican commitment not to use the procedural hurdles to stop some of President Barack Obama's long-stalled nominations.Thursday, 18 July, 2013, 3:29am
The US tax official at the centre of the storm over the collection agency's targeting of conservative groups told Congress yesterday that she had done nothing wrong and then invoked her constitutional right to refuse to answer lawmakers' questions.23 May 2013 - 4:38am
Republicans sat politely and applauded as US President Barack Obama called for unity on Monday in the inaugural address of his second term, but some made no secret his second term would be a "tug of war" between liberals and conservatives.23 Jan 2013 - 3:48am
In US President Barack Obama's first term, a promise of bipartisanship withered on stony ground; as his second begins, he has openly embraced confrontation.
On a parade of hot-button political issues, including the budget, gun control and immigration, Obama has begun to hammer on weak points in the Republican coalition.22 Jan 2013 - 5:36am
John Boehner, the top Republican in Washington, has been narrowly re-elected to his powerful job as Speaker as the new US Congress opened for business, despite a mini-revolt in his own party over the "fiscal cliff" deal.
The 113th Congress welcomed dozens of new members to face festering problems and a partisan and crisis-driven era of divided government.5 Jan 2013 - 6:18am
US President Barack Obama and lawmakers were launching a last-chance round of budget talks just days before a deadline to reach a deal or watch the American economy go off a "fiscal cliff".29 Dec 2012 - 3:58am
A few years back, there was a boom in the US in poker television - shows in which you got to watch the betting and bluffing of expert card players. Since then, however, viewers seem to have lost interest.23 Dec 2012 - 4:25pm 1 comment
We are not having a debt crisis.
It's important to make this point, because I keep seeing articles about the "fiscal cliff" that do, in fact, describe it - often in the headline - as a debt crisis. But it isn't. The US government is having no trouble borrowing to cover its deficit.16 Dec 2012 - 3:35am
With room for manoeuvre slipping away, top US Republican John Boehner is in a bind over how to avoid going over the fiscal cliff: embrace higher taxes and earn conservatives' ire, or scupper a deal and incur Americans' wrath.10 Dec 2012 - 4:12am
Converting post-election Republican talk of openness to tax increases into bipartisan action could cause a fracture within the party while requiring significant spending concessions from Democrats.28 Nov 2012 - 6:14am
The US Republican Party needs to stop insulting voters and broaden its appeal, say some of its leading figures following the re-election of Democratic President Barack Obama thanks to overwhelming support from Hispanics, blacks and single women.20 Nov 2012 - 4:18am
As a point of argument, is there anything the US Republican Party, now licking its wounds from yet another election defeat, can learn from the Chinese leadership transition? On the surface, an absurd notion, perhaps, given the light years separating the two political systems. But if there is a link, it must be the toxic nature of propaganda.20 Nov 2012 - 4:28am 1 comment
At the private air terminal at Logan Airport in Boston early on Wednesday, men in unwrinkled suits sank into plush leather chairs as they waited to board Gulfstream jets, trading consolations over Mitt Romney's loss.10 Nov 2012 - 3:00am
Bill O'Reilly complained about him. Rush Limbaugh called him "fat" and a "fool". Dick Morris argued that he had cost Mitt Romney the presidency.9 Nov 2012 - 3:27am
There is a kind of war under way in the US nowadays between fact and fantasy. President Barack Obama's re-election marked a victory, limited but unmistakable, for the cause of fact.9 Nov 2012 - 3:14am