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My tally is in my head rather than on my laptop. Not being a high-flying politician, I guess my enemies are fewer and easier to remember than hers are.

Most in US back gun control

US mayors launch $12m campaign for gun control

Obama vowed to push for tighter gun-control laws in the wake Sandy Hook massacre

Julia Gillard survives leadership vote as Kevin Rudd ducks challenge

Some called it a farce, some called it a charade, and others used less printable terms. But at the end of a dramatic and bizarre day in Australian politics, Julia Gillard remained Prime Minister tonight after she called a leadership vote in which no one stood against her. 

US assault weapons ban dropped by Senate

President Barack Obama's assault weapons ban lay in tatters last night after being dropped from the Senate gun control bill.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, from left, with his wife, Jane, daughter Sally, and son Will,

Republican with gay son reverses his view on marriage

Senator speaks out ahead of Supreme Court considering changes to Defence of Marriage Act

John Brennan, assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, has become one of the most influential figures in the Obama administration's efforts to target al-Qaida militants.

John Brennan takes over as director of CIA

John Brennan took over as director of the CIA today, the finishing touch on president Barack Obama's national security team for his second term.

Rand Paul speaks at the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday

Filibuster gut Senator Rand Paul gets up to speak against Barack Obama's drones... and keeps going for 12 hours

Rand Paul spent most of the day and night on the Senate floor

The rebel, Rand Paul: The son of hardline libertarian Ron was the Tea Party's first big success on Tuesday night, but his victory was not unalloyed good news to the party leadership

As Senator Rand Paul completes a 6-hour speech, are filibusters democratic heroes?

If you've ever seen the 1939 classic, Mr Smith Goes To Washington, you'll know what a filibuster is. The parliamentary procedure, where a member attempts to "talk out" a bill by giving a speech so long it delays the vote has been practiced since Ancient Rome, when senator Cato the Younger was notorious for blocking legislation by speaking until dusk, at which point Senate rules required all business to be concluded. 

President Barack Obama given power to use drone strikes on US

President Barack Obama could in "extraordinary circumstances" use deadly drone strikes against Americans inside the United States, the country's attorney general has said.

Senator Robert Menendez in spotlight over campaign funds

Prostitute recants sex claims against Senator Robert Menendez

Call-girl withdraws allegations after admitting she was paid to make it all up claims New Jersey Democrat in clear over sex orgy scandal but is still under investigation

Leaks found in underground tanks holding radioactive and toxic waste at US's Hanford nuclear site

Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the most contaminated US nuclear site are leaking.

Pete Domenici was among those who tried to get Bill Clinton impeached in 1999 - he admitted this week that he sired a child with the daughter of a colleague

I've got a love child, admits senator Pete Domenici who tried to get Bill Clinton impeached

A Republican stalwart, now 80, has owned up to a 1970s liaison with the daughter of a colleague

Michael Gove: 'I don’t recall being called Donkey, no'

What's in a nickname, eh, Donkey?

Michael Gove was dismissive when asked in an interview with Jan Moir in the Daily Mail whether his alleged university nickname of “Donkey” – based on an unnamed anatomical oddity discovered in what the paper calls a “five-in-a-bed romp” – was true. “It wasn’t like some sort of Last Tango in Paris-type affair. I don’t recall being called Donkey, no,” he told the paper.

Essie Mae Washington-Williams: Daughter of controversial senator

Essie Mae Washington-Williams, who died on 3 February at the age of 87, was the mixed-race daughter of the controversial US politician Strom Thurmond who kept her parentage secret for more than 70 years to avoid damaging his political career.

Bound, beaten and robbed: Backpackers attacked by whip-brandishing Peruvian villagers in 'savage' two day ordeal

New photo reveals injuries sustained by the three Americans

New Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee

Barack Obama's new Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel grilled in Senate confirmation hearing

Chuck Hagel, the former Republican senator picked by President Barack Obama as his new Secretary of Defence, had a rocky audition on Capitol Hill today as he sought to fend off criticism of his past positions on such hot-zone topics as relations with Israel and Iran and the war in Iraq.

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

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The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

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Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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The joys of 'thinkering'

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Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

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Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

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Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

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