Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.
Congress to avoid another federal shutdown with bipartisan pact
US politicians are closing in on a deal to ease the impact of spending cuts worth up to $200 billion (£122 billion) which are due to hit home next year, it emerged today.
Analysts say call for early elections is unlikely to satisfy opponents who want to rid country of Shinawatra family's influence
White House hopeful hits upbeat note
Failure of House speaker John Boehner's proposal to extend America’s borrowing means government shutdown continues
His remarks, made during a debate with his Democrat challenger for the governorship, were the clearest signal yet that he will seek the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016
No winner can come out of this stalemate with their head held high
Almost a week into America’s government shutdown, positions seemed only to harden on Sunday as the Republican house speaker, John Boehner, refused to rule out the stand-off over the federal budget spilling over into negotiations on the debt ceiling, again raising the spectre of America defaulting on its debt.
President refuses to give in to Republican demands over heath-care reform, with decision to skip economic summits an indication that no resolution is likely to come soon
Two issues become entangled as intelligence officials warned the situation 'seriously damages' their ability to protect the country
Not all government functions will simply evaporate — Social Security cheques will still get mailed, and hospitals will stay open. But many federal agencies will send their employees home, from the Environmental Protection Agency to hundreds of national parks. Here’s a look at how a shutdown will work.
Billions more to be cut from welfare cash before 2020 in pledge for surplus
Republican attempts to derail planned healthcare reforms could provoke financial meltdown
Videos of gas victims deployed along with a media campaign and proxies to persuade public to back Syria military action
Lawmakers waver as they report very low support among constituents for another Middle East war
As President Barack Obama leaves for Europe, the White House keeps up campaign for Congressional support on action