Anne Penketh is a freelance journalist and columnist based in Paris. She was posted to Moscow, Paris and New York for AFP news agency before joining The Independent, where she was Diplomatic Editor until 2009.
07 November 2012 03:00 PM
The US Congress faces continuing gridlock as the country hurtles towards a “fiscal cliff”, with the House of Representatives and the Senate remaining as divided as before amid record spending by outside groups to influence the result.
06 November 2012 11:37 PM
It’s hard to believe yesterday’s presidential election is taking place in America when you consider the embarrassing glitches in the voting systems of some American swing states.
04 November 2012 09:45 PM
Battalions of lawyers are readying for legal challenges in battleground states after Tuesday's election, fearing a replay of the nightmare, razor-close 2000 contest in Florida between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W Bush, who emerged victorious as President only after a Supreme Court decision.
02 November 2012 12:00 AM
In a surprise endorsement, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in the wake of Hurricane Sandy that he will vote for President Barack Obama in next Tuesday's election because "we need leadership" from the White House on climate change.
01 November 2012 02:21 PM
President Obama was out on the campaign trail yesterday with his new friend, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. Sorry, scratch that, Obama announced he was suspending the campaign and his spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that "this is not a time for politics." So what we saw yesterday was a Democratic and a Republican politician putting America before politics as they discussed putting New Jersey back on its feet after Hurricane Sandy. Now that's a rarity in this polarised country.
31 October 2012 12:00 AM
Americans' TV screens have been bombarded by campaigns paid for by controversial Super PACs – but they're not as effective as everyone expected
30 October 2012 12:00 AM
Turnout of African Americans remains key to Obama's chances
26 October 2012 07:27 PM
A senior aide to Mitt Romney has played the race card for the first time in the presidential campaign as new polling reveals that it is the most racially polarised election in more than two decades.
24 October 2012 08:20 PM
Manufacturer's ties to candidate's son and donors raise concerns about unfair influence on result
20 September 2012 03:51 PM
Is freedom of expression an absolute right? I've been wrestling with this over the last few days, starting with the Muslim furore over the anti-Islamic video made in California, followed by the publication of the Duchess of Cambridge topless pictures by the French magazine Closer, which raised privacy issues, and now the cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohamed in a French satirical weekly.
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