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Chris Christie, the embattled governor of New Jersey whose hopes for presidential nomination have been hit by revelations of alleged politically-motivated lane closures and misspending of federal aid, was dealt a new blow last night after the former Olympic sprint and long jump champion Carl Lewis accused him of “intimidation”.

Nancy Pelosi is likely to resist cuts to social programmes

Republicans' arch-enemy Pelosi issues rallying cry as Congress prepares to fight

The stage was set for hard-slogging negotiations on avoiding the so-called "fiscal cliff" after Nancy Pelosi announced last night that she would run to remain minority leader in the House of Representatives, ending speculation that she might step aside.

How can the Republican Party save itself?

So you know how we at Independent Voices wrote, ahead of the election, that the Latino vote could cost the Republican Party this election, well, everyone else is now saying it really did cost them the election, and cost them future elections. Not, you understand, that we go in for "told you so" type commentary generally, because that is beneath us. Right? Right.

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Obama to open fiscal talks with plan to raise taxes on wealthy

President Barack Obama will begin talks with congressional leaders Friday with a plan to raise $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue from the wealthy — making clear that, at least the outset, a wide gulf remains between congressional Republicans and the White House on the most contentious point in the negotiations.

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George Osborne backs gay marriage plans

Chancellor George Osborne today gave his strong personal endorsement to plans to legalise gay marriage, and warned Conservative opponents that ditching the policy would be toxic electorally.

Power games: Obama must try to reach a compromise with the Republican-led House

A shot at glory: President Obama's second chance

He can use the next four years to tackle some of the US's worst problems – if only the Republicans will let him

Obama wins Florida and tops Romney in final election tally

President Barack Obama was declared the winner of Florida's 29 electoral votes today, ending a four-day count with a razor-thin margin that narrowly avoided an automatic recount that would have brought back memories of the 2000 election.

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.

Back to work for President Obama

Obama gains with Cuban Americans, but effect on policy remains unclear

President Barack Obama won a historic share of Cuban American ballots in Florida this week, challenging the Republican Party's lock on a voting bloc that for decades has defined US policy toward Cuba and the Castro brothers.

Obama advisers see mandate for fiscal policy

President Barack Obama spent Thursday meeting with senior advisers and returning a series of congratulatory phone calls from foreign leaders as the glow of his successful campaign faded into the impending grind of governing in a divided Washington.

Man held over David Black murder is released

A man arrested in connection with the murder of prison officer David Black in Northern Ireland has been released unconditionally.

Obama with John Kerry in 2008

Barack Obama prepares to build bridges – but first he needs new allies to help him do it

Urgent work to avert the 'fiscal cliff' as key figures from first term get ready to leave President's team

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One final gaffe: 'President' Mitt's victory website goes live

A square-jawed "President-elect" Mitt Romney was pictured looking purposefully into the future yesterday, standing at a star-spangled lectern to declare: "I'm excited about our prospects as a nation. My priority is putting people back to work in America."

Christian Men's Defense Network blames Obama's victory on ‘slut vote’

Judging only by the number of trolls and lunatics it upset, Obama's election victory was a good day for America. Here the Christian Men's Defense Network hits a peak of vileness, ruing the day women were ever allowed to interfere in government and blaming Romney's defeat on the "slut vote".

Romney: won the votes of white evangelicals, Catholics

Romney won the votes of white evangelicals, Catholics

Concerns that Mitt Romney's Mormonism would put off white evangelical voters did not bear out at the polls Tuesday.

The number of women increases in Congress

Election boosts ranks of women in Congress

Twenty years after the election that was heralded as the "year of the woman" comes another one that could be called that.

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