The next female Prime Minister is closer than you think

As of this January, woman will occupy more seats than ever in the US Congress. Various theories abound as to why this is, most popularly, that controversial Republican comments on rape and abortion sparked a backlash, but Jennifer Lawless of American University has a better idea: media bias against women is on the decline.

Mitt Romney blames his losses on Obama's 'gifts'

Romney blames loss on 'gifts' doled out by Obama to minorities and young voters

Mitt Romney is blaming his loss in the presidential election on "Obamacare" and other "gifts" he says President Barack Obama handed out to African Americans, Hispanics and other core supporters, according to news reports Wednesday.

Senator Kerry emerges as defence frontrunner

In 2004, the then Democratic presidential nominee, John Kerry, in handing the keynote slot at the party convention to a little-known Senate candidate from Illinois, gave Barack Obama the launchpad for a national career that would lead to the White House.

One woman's determination to vote caught the imagination of America

For those wondering about dogged voter Domonique Williams...

Stop worrying. Domonique made it.

The pundits' final predictions: will it be Obama or Romney?

It's not only the reputations of Messrs Romney and Obama on the line tonight - across the US pundits have staked their credibility on predictions of how the final result will fall. The Washington Post has a roundup.

All white on the night for Romney

One demographic Barack Obama can rely on for votes is editorial staff at Slate magazine, which voted Obama almost exclusively in 2008 and looks set to do the same again this time round. Writer Tom Scocca defends this tiny "bubble" in a lengthy piece that claims the real, airtight bubble in this election isn't Obama's, it's Romney's - and inside it are white middle-aged men. The key line here: "White men are supporting Mitt Romney to the exclusion of logic or common sense".

More drones for the CIA?

The CIA are lobbying Washington to expand its drone fleet. Currently the intelligence agency possesses between 30 and 35 aircraft and an increase would continue the transformation of the CIA into a paramilitary force.

Eighty-eight per cent of young Americans couldn't find Afghanistan on a map, 75 per cent couldn't locate Iran or Israel, and 63 per cent couldn't identify Iraq

Eight crazy things Americans believe about foreign affairs

Americans have some astonishing misconceptions about international affairs.

The 9/11 attacks - the alleged mastermind has appeared in court

Pretrial hearings start for alleged 9/11 architect

The alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks appeared in court Monday at the Guantanamo Bay prison for a week of pretrial motions that are expected to touch on claims of torture at secret CIA sites and the public's right to unfettered access to the proceedings.

US secret service curbs excessive drinking and sharing work information on social media

The US Secret Service has formally adopted new policies on the use of alcohol and social media, banning excessive drinking and the sharing of work-related information on sites including Facebook five months after more than a dozen employees were accused of drunken partying with prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia.

Video: Mitt Romney's bin man dishes the dirt

In a rebuke to Mitt Romney's now notorious comments on the 47 per cent of Americans he sees as scroungers, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have released a video.

Council defends £425,000 of public money spent on Alicia Keys gig

A city council has defended spending £425,000 to help stage a concert by singer Alicia Keys.

Convention Diary: Party swims with the sharks

If the turtles, groupers, rays and alligators that inhabit the Tampa Aquarium woke up with a hangover yesterday you can't blame them. On Monday night, the fish tank galleries were packed with convention VIPs invited to drink considerable volumes of booze as guests of the American drinks industry. Those spotted enjoying the liquid networking included David Corn, the distinctively un-conservative writer at Mother Jones, and Fred Karger who tried earlier this year to run as America's first gay presidential candidate. The night turned distinctly Austin Powers when two scantily attired mermaids dived into a tank to frolic with shoals of shimmering fish.

Riding again: Patrick Duffy and Larry Hagman reprise their starring roles

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the ranch...

A reboot of Dallas has defied all expectations to become the summer hit in America. Can it work again in Britain? By Sarah Hughes

Riding again: Patrick Duffy and Larry Hagman reprise their starring roles

Dallas: Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the ranch...

A reboot of Dallas has defied all expectations – and some critics – to become the surprise hit of the summer in America. Will UK audiences now embrace the dramatic exploits of the Ewings as warmly?

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