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Jobs and wages will be the main battleground of November’s mid-term elections

President Obama urged members of Congress to make 2014 a 'year of action' in his State of the Union address

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Institutional flaws have held the President back

State of the Union: Obama pledges 'opportunity for all' and to tackle economic inequality

In annual address, the President says 'too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by – let alone get ahead'

Pete Seeger dead: American folk singer dies in New York aged 94

Musician was still an activist as recently as October 2011 when he marched in New York City as part of the Occupy Wall Street protests

Officers patrol outside the Columbia Mall after a fatal shooting

Maryland shooting: Three bodies in Columbia shopping mall thought to include that of the killer

The United States is confronting yet another public shooting rampage tonight after police in Maryland confirmed that three people had been shot dead inside a shopping mall in Columbia, a suburb of Baltimore.

The latest scandal to hit The Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford, is an alleged video of him smoking crack cocaine that’s been seen by three journalists who all identified the Mayor

Toronto mayor Rob Ford leaves audience on tenterhooks after getting stuck in a lift

Another day, another embarrassing anecdote about Toronto’s illustrious mayor Rob Ford

John Boehner: 'I won't give up red wine and cigarettes to run for President'

Republican politician won't give up his lifestyle to run for the White House

Snowden's web-centric life brings him into alignment with those Luddites who assume the worst of any innovation

'I'm not a spy': Snowden dimisses allegations that he is working for Russia as 'absurd'

Whistleblower also acknowledged that he might  "end up disgraced in a ditch somewhere," saying "[if] it helps the country, it will still be worth it.”

50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, how have things changed on Martin Luther King Day in Birmingham, Alabama?

Matthew Wood, on a year abroad at the University of Alabama, discusses what life is like today in one of the major battlegrounds of the 60s

Yes we can (fit it all in): Obama has come under fire for his fat-filled photo shoots

Barack Obama: Lighting up and chowing down on hot dogs - the President understands the political power of bad habits

The POTUS has revealed his past as a pot-user. These days, says David Usborne, Barack Obama has other vices

Barack Obama says marijuana is ‘no more dangerous than alcohol’ and users should not be jailed

US President adds that the substance is actually less damaging ‘in terms of its impact on the individual customer’

Bill and Hillary Clinton: the book alleges that she kept a tally of all those members of Congress who endorsed Obama for the presidency, and of those who backed her, and with what degree of zeal

Bill and Hillary Clinton: Who’s on their grudge list? And what did they do wrong?

A new book says the Clintons don’t just bear grudges, they write them down and rank them

Michelle Obama: What the US First Lady really thinks about turning 50

The First Lady on confidence, achievement and the all-important issue plaguing the female face of a nation: plastic surgery

NSA surveillance revelations: Barack Obama announces reforms to bulk data collection and spying on heads of states

Long-awaited speech unveiled some restrictions to America's surveillance policy, but Obama remained largely unapologetic

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M Gates - book review

There’s a perfect piece of Washington DC anthropology by the 33rd president of the United States, Harry S Truman, that should be carefully tucked into the back pocket of US political correspondents and pulled out when crises, such as placing too much faith in the White House, arise unexpectedly.

Former US defence secretary Robert Gates has warned the UK against reducing the size of its military

Britain is a 'first class player': David Cameron responds to ex-US Defence Secretary Robert Gates' claim that UK military cuts could mean 'no US partnership'

The Former US secretary said a reduction in personnel would damage the UK's ability to be a partner with America

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