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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”.

The comedian Stephen Colbert serves food with his sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, during a fund-raiser

Satirist's sister sets her sights on Washington – and her brother's barbs

Elizabeth Colbert Busch clinches nomination for Congressional seat

Hillary Clinton has backed gay marriage

Hillary Clinton backs gay marriage

Announcement will fuel speculation of presidential ambitions

Diesel laundering operation smashed after dawn raids north and south of Irish border

Detectives have smashed a massive multimillion-euro diesel laundering plant in one of the biggest cross-border operations of its kind in Britain or Ireland.

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.

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.

Editorial: Washington deficit follies, Act Two

Welcome to the idiotic new world of the US government budget "sequester". Under this latest self-inflicted wound to fiscal governance – for which both Republicans and Barack Obama share responsibility – $85bn (£56bn) of government spending cuts are starting to kick in, with consequences that are impossible to predict, but certain to be harmful.

Barack Obama labelled the automatic budget cuts that came into effect in the US today as “unnecessary” and “dumb”

Barack Obama labels $85bn budget cuts 'dumb'

Barack Obama labelled the automatic budget cuts that came into effect in the US today as “unnecessary” and “dumb” after making little progress to avert them at a meeting with congressional Republicans.

Today, America faces up to an uncertain future. Increasingly partisan infighting on Capitol Hill is set to see a deadline to avert $85bn in budget cuts pass without accord. Welcome to the...

Austerity America: The United States face an uncertain future

Increasingly partisan infighting on Capitol Hill has seen the deadline to avert $85bn in automatic budget cuts pass without accord

Obama wants to raise the minimum wage. Where does this leave the GOP?

On these isles the Living Wage campaign - which proposes a minimum wage in line with the cost of living - has won support across Westminster, with Boris and Ed Miliband strident backers. Now there's some similar momentum in the US. President Obama announced in his State of the Union address an intention to lift the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour, and take thousands of workers out of poverty. So how's this playing out politically?

Editorial: A President at the very height of his power

Barack Obama's window of opportunity will last until early summer 2014

Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has been in the right place at the right time

Page 3 Profile: Marco Rubio, the Republican Party Senator for Florida

Isn't he the next Republican presidential candidate?

Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has been in the right place at the right time

Marco Rubio’s star rises as Republicans look for a renaissance candidate

If US presidential politics is largely about being in the right place at the right time, then Marco Rubio most certainly is.

Obama is expected to make class fairness the overarching theme in his address

Guns, immigration and climate change: Barack Obama is determined to deliver on the tricky issues this term

President to announce he will push ahead with his promises in State of the Union

President Obama has made overhauling immigration a priority

Another step forward for US immigration reform as Obama embraces Senate plan

President Obama's ambition to reform immigration law and give America's 11 million illegal immigrants the chance to gain citizenship took a step forward yesterday, as the President embraced a plan cobbled together by a bi-partisan group of senators.

BAT makes a White House signing

British American Tobacco, the cigarette maker, scored a coup by appointing one of the world's most famous doctors to its board.

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