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    1. May 6, 2015

      Republicans hail Congress budget plan

      The US Congress has approved a budget plan that includes a measure designed to help the Republican-controlled legislature...

    2. May 3, 2015

      Baltimore lifts overnight curfew as normality returns

      The city of Baltimore lifted an overnight curfew introduced in the wake of riots last week as calls grew for the US to do...

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    1. The President's New Challenge 2013

      Barack Obama has a hostile environment to negotiate as he tries to secure a legacy bey...
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      Nafta, the pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico, signed 20 years ago, set...
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    1. March 3, 2015

      Vote averts homeland security shutdown

      US Republican leaders have ended a crisis that exposed splits in their party by turning to Democrats to help pass a bill to...

    2. The World

      March 3, 2015

      Netanyahu plays Churchill in Washington

      When Benjamin Netanyahu rises to speak in Congress later on Tuesday he will become the first foreign leader since Winston...

    3. February 27, 2015

      US Congress averts partial shutdown

      The US Congress averted a partial government shutdown late on Friday but only after conservative Republicans revolted...

    4. February 26, 2015

      US border agency threat exposes Republican rift

      The US crept closer to a partial shutdown of its border agency, with Republicans in Congress disagreeing on how hard a line...

    5. February 23, 2015

      Bibi, Barack, Boehner and the bomb

      The invitation from John Boehner, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, to Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister...

    6. February 11, 2015

      Obama asks Congress to back war on Isis

      Six months after US planes began bombing Jihadi militants in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama is taking a political...

    7. January 28, 2015

      ‘Policy cliff’ deadlines test US Congress

      Republicans and the White House face a ticking clock on a series of legislative deadlines that will test their ability to...

    8. January 22, 2015

      Benjamin Netanyahu invitation threatens US support for Israel

      The invitation to Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu to address the Republican-controlled US Congress on Iran is the latest...

    9. January 21, 2015

      US Republicans invite Benjamin Netanyahu to speak on Iran

      US Republicans raised the stakes in the political battle over Iran sanctions on Wednesday when John Boehner invited Israeli...

    10. January 6, 2015

      Boehner tested as Republican party takes over US Congress

      John Boehner has survived a bigger challenge than expected to a third term as Speaker of the US House of Representatives, as...

    11. December 30, 2014

      Bid farewell to America’s ‘worst Congress ever’

      Colin Powell, former US secretary of state, said of the invasion of Iraq: “You break it, you own it.” Much the same could be...

    12. December 2, 2014

      US moves closer to averting government shutdown

      Republican lawmakers moved closer on Tuesday to proposing a hybrid spending package that would avert a shutdown of the US...

    13. December 2, 2014

      Clock ticks over US spending bill as immigration tensions simmer

      Congress has fewer than 10 days to pass some sort of spending bill to avert a shutdown of the US federal government. In the...

    14. November 19, 2014

      Immigration Timeline: pathway to showdown

      1965: The US adopts the Immigration and Nationality Act, also known as the Hart-Celler Act, abolishing an earlier quota...

    15. November 14, 2014

      Clashes loom as Obama pursues his legacy

      Barack Obama has set the stage for a new period of political confrontation in the US, rapidly moving to sharpen his...

    16. November 10, 2014

      Republicans signal demise of internet sales tax bill

      Bricks-and-mortar retailers have become the first US business group to be disappointed by Republicans since their midterm...

    17. October 27, 2014

      Republicans look to lock up the House

      With a week to go before elections, Republicans are on track to win one of the largest majorities in the House of...

    18. October 3, 2014

      Five lessons from the US jobs report

      Jobs growth was excellent in September. It leaves the US Federal Reserve with a tricky task at its next meeting but caused...

    19. September 28, 2014

      Barack Obama admits US underestimated Isis

      US President Barack Obama has admitted that the US underestimated the capabilities of the Islamic State of Iraq and the...

    20. September 25, 2014

      Calls for US vote on Syria air strikes

      David Cameron’s decision to recall the UK parliament to debate joining the US-led coalition’s military action against...

    21. September 15, 2014

      Hispanics turn on Democrats over delay

      Democratic candidates who President Barack Obama sought to help in November’s elections by delaying changes to immigration...

    22. September 11, 2014

      US builds support for new Isis strategy

      The Obama administration moved on Thursday to secure military and financial backing from Arab leaders, European allies and...

    23. September 4, 2014

      US lawmakers near deal to spare export bank

      US lawmakers are closing in on a compromise that would temporarily extend the life of a business-friendly federal credit...

    24. August 5, 2014

      Forty years after Nixon and the talk of impeachment goes on

      Forty years ago this week Richard Nixon resigned as president of the US, an epochal event. He thereby staved off almost...

    25. August 1, 2014

      Obama denied funding to tackle child migrant influx

      US lawmakers were preparing to begin a five-week recess on Saturday having denied President Barack Obama any funding to...

    26. July 31, 2014

      House backs Republican Obama lawsuit

      Republicans are preparing to file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for allegedly exceeding his executive authority...

    27. July 11, 2014

      Democracy is not a synonym for good government

      Anewly assertive tone has entered Barack Obama’s rhetoric since he gave a speech just before the Fourth of July holiday....

    28. July 8, 2014

      Obama seeks $3.7bn to tackle influx of child migrants

      President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $3.7bn to tackle an influx of child migrants as he seeks more tools ranging...

    29. July 2, 2014

      Partisan gulf ends Barack Obama’s hopes of reforming immigration

      This week’s death of efforts to overhaul the US immigration system to accommodate 11m-odd undocumented immigrants and their...

    30. June 30, 2014

      Obama looks to bypass Congress on immigration reform

      President Barack Obama vowed on Monday to bypass Congress and use his executive powers to reform the US immigration system...

    31. June 17, 2014

      US captures suspected ringleader of attack on Benghazi consulate

      The US said on Tuesday it had captured the suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on its consulate in Benghazi in which...

    32. June 13, 2014

      Washington debate over Iraq crisis could define next election

      Hillary Clinton’s new book on her time as US secretary of state is organised by geography: there are chapters on China,...

    33. June 11, 2014

      The Republican trap that defeated Eric Cantor

      Since the rise of the Tea Party, Republican incumbents in the House of Representatives have faced a basic political...

    34. May 8, 2014

      Benghazi probes reveal parallel worlds of US politics

      Washington’s foreign policy is not in the best of shapes. The Obama administration is trying to respond as Russia...

    35. April 27, 2014

      US policy reform grinds to a halt ahead of midterm elections

      More than half a year before its term ends, Congress has all but given up on resolving deadlock over a host of short- and...

    36. March 8, 2014

      Central Europe countries appeal for US gas

      Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have urged the US Congress to help them buy American natural gas and reduce...

    37. March 4, 2014

      Crisis in Ukraine reshapes US debate on gas exports

      The US should make it easier for Europeans to buy American natural gas in order to reduce its allies’ dependence on Russian...

    38. March 4, 2014

      Obama aims to rally Democrats with $3.9tn US budget

      President Barack Obama has laid out a $3.9tn budget that slashed tax breaks for the wealthiest households and businesses to...

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