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    1. August 16, 2015

      The fury and finance fuelling US Republican insurgents

      Never in our lifetimes has there been a Republican presidential campaign so wide open — or with so many candidates...

    2. June 1, 2015

      NSA feud exposes rift over US spying

      Moments after Rand Paul, the libertarian Republican running for president, launched an attack on the NSA spying...

    1. May 31, 2015

      National Security Agency loses tools for phone spying 

      Sweeping surveillance powers including the mass collection of telephone data have been brought to an abrupt halt after...

    2. May 21, 2015

      US Senate boosts Obama in trade fight

      The US Senate took Barack Obama a step closer to an important win on trade on Thursday, skirting in a dramatic vote...

    3. May 20, 2015

      Rand Paul launches bid to block NSA surveillance programme

      The simmering dispute among Republicans about the National Security Agency burst into the open on Wednesday afternoon...

    4. May 7, 2015

      US court rules NSA phone surveillance illegal

      The National Security Agency programme that collects information on the phone calls of tens of millions of Americans...

    5. April 21, 2015

      Senate compromise clears path for Lynch

      The US Senate is set to move forward with its stalled vote on Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama’s nominee for...

    6. March 27, 2015

      US Senate passes Republican budget plan

      Just hours before Senate minority leader Harry Reid announced his decision not to seek re-election, the chamber passed...

    7. March 17, 2015

      Abortion politics stymie confirmation of US attorney-general

      Less than three months into a Republican-controlled Congress, even long-term watchers of the institution are alarmed by...

    8. March 15, 2015

      Washington dispute clouds Iran talks

      A row between the White House and Republicans over nuclear negotiations with Iran intensified over the weekend as...

    9. 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...

    10. February 24, 2015

      Security fears as immigration battle threatens partial US shutdown

      The US is days away from a partial government shutdown as Republicans and Democrats struggle to break a deadlock over...

    11. February 4, 2015

      Republican agenda languishes in Congress

      Republican leaders in Congress are struggling to find a unified strategy on core issues such as immigration and...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. December 2, 2014

      Obama climate plan divides business

      The Obama administration’s environmental policy is deepening divisions between big businesses on climate change,...

    15. November 18, 2014

      US executives eye China’s can-do spirit over Congress gridlock

      Last week US executives were treated to an impressive display of Chinese Communist party willpower as they gathered for...

    16. 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...

    17. November 13, 2014

      Republicans plan energy policy revolution

      The Republican party will seek to remove what it claims are shackles on America’s energy revolution just as low oil...

    18. November 6, 2014

      President and Republican vows to co-operate face test

      Barack Obama and the newly victorious Republican leadership in Congress have both pledged to seek common ground in a...

    19. November 5, 2014

      Republicans to pressure Obama on pro-business reforms

      US midterm elections 2014 The newly elected Republican Congress will press US President Barack Obama to enact a...

    20. November 5, 2014

      McConnell to push big business agenda

      Corporate backers who helped finance the Republicans’ sweeping election victory are looking to Mitch McConnell to...

    21. November 5, 2014

      Obama faces a serious test of his own relevancy

      Defining an electoral wave is about semantics. But the results do not lie. On Tuesday night Republicans took control of...

    22. November 5, 2014

      Mitch McConnell: The Kentuckian set to lead the Senate

      If, as widely expected, Mitch McConnell becomes majority leader of the Senate in the new Congress, the 72-year-old...

    23. November 5, 2014

      Recriminations fly over Democrat defeat

      US midterm elections 2014 Recriminations immediately broke out among Democrats after Republicans recorded sweeping...

    24. November 4, 2014

      The permanent campaign rolls on to 2016

      As if she were the candidate herself, Hillary Clinton swept on to the stage last of all at Transylvania University in...

    25. November 3, 2014

      Republicans seek a chance to govern

      Republicans plan an immediate push to liberalise US energy exports, secure international trade deals, and loosen...

    26. November 2, 2014

      McConnell in pivotal fight for Senate prize

      Even in his 73rd year and on the verge of his sixth successive term in the Senate, Mitch McConnell leaves nothing to...

    27. October 26, 2014

      Obamacare’s drip-fed success

      Until recently it was seen as the political equivalent of Ebola. Yet President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act –...

    28. October 16, 2014

      US midterms: Fear and loathing in the land of the free

      Nobody of sound mind can view the US midterm elections, now less than three weeks away, with anything approaching...

    29. July 21, 2014

      Wall St money backs Senate Republicans

      Wall Street donors are concentrating their firepower on backing conservative candidates to flip control in the US...

    30. June 3, 2014

      Climate a toxic topic for Republicans

      US carbon emission rules Weeks before Barack Obama launched his administration’s most ambitious plan to cut carbon...

    31. June 2, 2014

      US climate change plan focuses on public health

      The Obama administration’s new plan to curb climate pollution “is not just about disappearing polar bears”, Gina...

    32. May 21, 2014

      Establishment Republicans vanquish Tea Party but adopt its lines

      Washington’s Republican establishment rebuffed a series of challenges to its candidates in intraparty primaries in a...

    33. May 21, 2014

      McConnell victory delivers fresh blow to Tea Party

      Washington’s conservative establishment rebuffed its most serious challenge in intraparty primaries on Tuesday evening,...

    34. May 19, 2014

      ‘Dark money’ floods in to US election

      Long used to opposing candidates bitterly facing off in elections, US voters are being offered a different choice for...

    35. May 15, 2014

      US rules on internet fast lane move ahead

      The US Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a contentious proposal on net neutrality rules that could...

    36. May 2, 2014

      Mitch McConnell leads Republican Kentucky derby

      Three weeks from polling day, Matt Bevin stands on the steps of a small town courthouse addressing a meagre crowd of...

    37. February 14, 2014

      Midterm battle for pivotal control of US Senate heats up

      Only a few years after demanding huge spending cuts in exchange for taking on new debt, John Boehner, Republican House...

    38. November 22, 2013

      Stakes raised for US congressional poll

      Perhaps only in Washington could upending an arcane rule in the Senate be compared to dropping a nuclear weapon. But...

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