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

'This is not the petition response you're looking for' - Death Star plans rejected by White House

Statement says the White House is keen to emphasise its belief in galactic peace, saying that it does not support the blowing up of other planets

Tough talk: The 113th congress is sworn in

America's big bucks battles only starting

Three potential deficit showdowns could send the US into default

Barack Obama speaks at the White House last night flanked by a group of ‘middle-class Americans’

Taxpayers foot the bill for US 'fiscal cliff' deal

It was a face-saving agreement for politicians. Now 160 million voters must pay for it

Members of the Senate return from their holiday to tackle the fiscal cliff

Senate leader warns fiscal cliff deal unlikely

Prospects of a deal to pull the American economy back from the "fiscal cliff" appeared dimmer than ever tonight after the Democratic leader of the Senate admitted that attempts to agree an alternative to the automatic tax and spending changes due to kick in next month were likely to fail.

Barack and Michelle Obama in Hawaii on Christmas Day

Fiscal cliff crisis forces Obama to abandon Hawaii trip

With only days to go before the US goes over the “fiscal cliff”, President Obama cut short his Christmas break in Hawaii to arrive back in Washington DC in a last-ditch attempt to hammer out an alternative to the more than $600bn in looming spending cuts and tax rises.

Simply divine: ‘Belief’ presenter Joan Bakewell

The Week In Radio: Joan, Jimmy and
Julian know how to lift the spirit

At the tail end of Christmas Day many of you, like me, will have found yourself reflecting on life’s big questions.

A petition calling for TV host Piers Morgan to be deported from the US following his outspoken comments on gun control has attracted more than 69,000 signatures

Deport Piers Morgan, demands US petition

A petition calling for TV host Piers Morgan to be deported from the US following his outspoken comments on gun control has attracted more than 73,000 signatures.

America's yule log blazes no more

They are wandering around the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse, disoriented and stunned. Like George Bailey as if he'd never been born. Or Scrooge glimpsing Christmas future.

Advocates fear gun control agenda will divert Obama from immigration reform

President Barack Obama's pledge to pursue a package of gun control measures next month has immigration advocates concerned whether the effort could delay or distract the White House from moving quickly to fulfill another of his second-term priorities.

Speaker John Boehner, second from left, departs after a House Republicans meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington

'How we get there, God only knows': Vote pushes US closer to cliff’s edge

Time running out to avert damaging spending cuts and tax rises as Republicans reject Boehner’s ‘Plan B’

Obama and Republicans still poles apart on fiscal-cliff deal

Democrats and Republicans remained as far apart as ever last night as they attempted to forge a deal that would avert a potentially devastating series of tax hikes and spending cuts.

Indispensable: Gerwel, right, with Nelson Mandela in 1999

Professor Jakes Gerwel: Mandela’s unsung hero

Nelson Mandela, at 94, keeps going but those who fought the good fight by his side, his closest associates in politics and his best friends pass on. Jakes Gerwel, who was buried at the weekend in Cape Town, played all three parts. Few people knew it.

Treasuries gain for third day as fiscal cliff concern increases

Treasury 10-year yields fell for a third day following the re-election of President Barack Obama as investor concern increases that political gridlock may derail chances of an economic recovery.

Obama's new term priorities: tax the rich and avoid 'fiscal cliff'

First speech after election triumph calls on Congress to take action

Back to work for President Obama

Obama confronts thorny security issues immediately

Even before his election victory is officially certified, President Obama faces a gantlet of foreign policy challenges that will test his administration while it seeks to focus attention on the economy and a looming budget showdown with Congress.

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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