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Republican politician won't give up his lifestyle to run for the White House

Barack Obama returned to the White House to co-ordinate the federal response to Sandy

Devastation sees election machines grind to halt

But Romney prepares for risky return to the campaign trail today with rally in Florida

Simon English: Sir Martin's many reasons to worry

It is tempting to think that Sir Martin Sorrell gets taken way too seriously; that his position as chief (M)Ad Man makes journalists hang on his every word rather more than a dispassionate analysis of his predictive record merits.

Mitt Romney and Richard Mourdock greet supporters at a campaign event in Indiana in August

Romney winces as another Republican Senate candidate shocks with rape comment

An "outrageous and demeaning" comment by a Republican Party candidate for the US Senate has again dragged the party into the mire over women's rights.

Mitt Romney's Gulf gaffe just a ripple in this cliffhanger of a contest

For all the rhetoric and oozing contempt, there's little to choose between them on substance
Paul Ryan and Joe Biden yesterday fanned out to the vital battleground state of Ohio

Biden puts the fire back into Obama's re-election campaign

Paul Ryan and Joe Biden yesterday fanned out to the vital battleground state of Ohio, each seeking to capitalise on their rambunctious and compelling vice-presidential debate here, generally judged to have been – in football parlance – a high scoring draw.

Mitt Romney in Ohio for second day as hopes rise among Republicans that he can snatch the state and clear his path to the presidency

If until recently Romney's troops were openly fretting that Ohio and therefore the whole race was slipping from their grasp, the feeling now is that the state may yet be won

Don't knock Paul Ryan's Medicare plan

David Brooks, still just about the most influential conservative commentator in America, likes to be contrary. Today he wades into the debate over Medicare, saying that far from the being the worst thing about the Romney-Ryan manifesto, it's actually the best thing. "Basically", writes Brooks, "there are two ways to reduce Medicare inflation, through the political system or through a market system. Obamacare tries the former", he says, before suggesting it simply won't work.

Paul Broun: The Republican helps shape US government policy on science

Republican Congressman says evolution is 'lie from hell'

Planet Earth is "about 9,000 years old," and the study of evolution, embryology, and the Big Bang Theory is based on "lies straight from the pit of hell," according to a Congressman responsible for crafting US government policy on science and technology.

Mitt Romney, left, and his running mate Paul Ryan

Job figures boost Barack Obama as buoyant Mitt Romney targets key battleground

Republican candidate bids to build on momentum in Virginia

Homeland Security, law enforcement officials speak up for 'fusion centres'

The US Department of Homeland Security, law enforcement authorities and some lawmakers has defended information-sharing offices known as "fusion centres" after a sharply critical Senate report said the offices were wasteful and inept.

Mitt Romney and his wife in California; the Republican candidate is preparing for a presidential debate this week

Ann Romney: 'I'd be worried for his mental well-being'

In TV interview, candidate's wife admits her fears if he should win White House race

The Sports Matrix: Wednesday 26 September 2012

McDowell: home comforts will give the US an edge

The Sports Matrix: Tuesday 25 September 2012

The FA denies forcing Terry out

The Sports Matrix: Monday 24 September 2012

Terry quits England and turns fire on the FA

The Sports Matrix: Friday 21 September 2012

Warren offers Harrison hope

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