NEXT week Americans vote in an election with by far the greatest global impact. In 2012, when Obama defeated Romney, 129.1m people voted — 53.6% of those entitled to. If that turnout is repeated, then, and if pre-election polls are of any value, more than 50m Americans will vote for Donald Trump. How many more choose to do so will decide the election and who becomes the world’s most powerful person.
Tue, 01 Nov, 2016
In a high-stakes address to the nation, President Barack Obama outlined a broad expansion of the US military role in combating extremists in Iraq and Syria, including a call for arming Syrian opposition forces and potentially launching air strikes in both countries.
Thu, 11 Sep, 2014
The United States moved closer to a default that could seriously harm the economy and a partial government shutdown entered its third week as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending in their last-ditch negotiations to end the crises gripping the nation.
Mon, 14 Oct, 2013
The United States is braced for a partial government shutdown on Tuesday after the White House and congressional Democrats declared they would reject a bill approved by the Republican-led House to delay implementing President Barack Obama’s health care reform.
Sun, 29 Sep, 2013
President Barack Obama has urged US lawmakers to remember the children gunned down in America and not get “squishy” in the face of powerful forces up against gun control legislation, as supporters struggle to win over moderate Democrats before a Senate vote expected next month.
Thu, 28 Mar, 2013
Prominent Washington journalist Bob Woodward said a senior White House official threatened him he would “regret” publishing a story challenging the White House’s account of how the idea for automatic spending cuts originated.
Fri, 01 Mar, 2013
US senate leaders sought a last-minute compromise to avoid middle-class tax increases and possibly prevent deep spending cuts at the dawn of the new year as President Barack Obama warned that failure could threaten the nation’s economic recovery.
Sun, 30 Dec, 2012
US President Barack Obama, pushing for a deal to avoid the looming tax hikes and spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff”, entered last-minute talks with US Senate leaders saying he still believed an agreement could be reached before the January 1 deadline.
Sat, 29 Dec, 2012