Leading article: For the Republicans, the real challenges lie ahead

It was a bad result for President Obama and the Democrats, as everyone knew it would be. They sustained the worst losses, across both Houses of Congress, since the Republican defeats of 1948.

Amanda Foreman: Obama can take comfort from history

Two years from now, the Republican Party will be fighting the greatest internal threat since the Democrat split of 1860

Now Washington turns into a battleground

Democrats fear presidential agenda will be brought to standstill

Richard Wolffe: Democrat doom may turn to delight as Tea Party politics kick in

The United States appears to be heading in Britain's direction: towards spending cuts and power-sharing between rival parties

Democrats: 'Symbol of President's plight' as Obama's former Senate seat lost

In the sparkling ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, the mood was buoyant. Alexi Giannoulias, a son of Greek immigrants and the Illinois state treasurer, seemed to be prevailing over the Republican Congressman Mark Kirk to take the US Senate seat that once belonged to President Barack Obama.

Bush considered ditching 'Darth Vader' Cheney

President George W Bush considered dropping Vice President Dick Cheney from his 2004 presidential campaign to "demonstrate I was in charge," the former president says in a new memoir.

Obama faces political gridlock after drubbing

President Barack Obama was on a political collision course with his opponents tonight after Republicans made sweeping election gains and vowed to undo some of his major policies.

Obama retains narrow senate majority

Senate majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada survived a fierce challenge from a candidate backed by the ultra-conservative tea party movement, but was left with a greatly diminished majority.

Obama humbled by conservative wave

Republicans seize momentum in House of Representatives as voter disillusionment leaves Democrats facing a tough future

Guy Adams: Tea Party express comes off the rails in Nevada

When the euphoria of their wider performance has died down, the Republican Party may wonder if the plight of Angle leaves serious questions to be asked about the viability of more unconventional Tea-Party candidates

Lawyers loom to take 'nastiest race ever' deep into overtime

You could still see the odd person in fancy dress staggering home through Las Vegas yesterday morning, after what had presumably been extremely-convivial Hallowe'en celebrations, but heaven forbid that they should have tried to enter a polling station to vote.

Michelle Obama's 'rock star' status fails to draw crowds

The crowd went wild when Michelle Obama swept into a high-school gymnasium in Las Vegas yesterday morning, with little Harry Reid trailing in her wake and a local Mariachi band, in full dress uniform, entertaining the crowd. But behind the flag waving and anthem-singing, and the sunny optimism of a typical American election rally, there was a palpable sense of unease.

Republicans poised for biggest gains in Congress for a century

Gloating has already begun as Obama's critics anticipate revenge for 2008

Theodore Sorensen: Speechwriter and adviser who provided the intellectual backbone of Kennedy's 'Camelot'

Ted Sorensen was not just the sole remaining survivor from the innermost circle of the Kennedy White House, a last knight of America's mythical 20th century Camelot. Nor was he only perhaps the greatest and most influential presidential speechwriter of any era. In fact, as was conveyed by his official designation as special counsel and adviser to JFK, Sorensen was far more than a wordsmith, however exceptional. At moments of crisis, when fateful choices had to be made or bold decisions taken – be it the civil rights struggle, the climax of the Cuban missile crisis or the mission to send a man to the moon – he was involved.

Rupert Cornwell: Cable news blocks the middle of the road

Out of America: Politics is now 24/7 entertainment, a better spectator sport than ever
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British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
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Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
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How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
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Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

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