Will hottest year ever force US to confront climate change?

Talking Point Wed 9 Jan, AT 11:44

Scientists hope 2012's record-breaking heat will drive climate change onto the political agenda

President Obama's fiscal cliff 'victory' only defers US woes

Talking Point Wed 2 Jan, AT 15:31

The White House wants credit for the deal, but Obama and the US aren't out of the woods

US Congress

'Fiscal cliff' exposes muddle at the centre of American culture

Mon 31 Dec, AT 07:16 Charles Laurence

We tend to forget that the US Constitution was designed to create weak government – it's how Americans like it

Gun control: a change of heart after Newtown massacre?

Summary Wed 19 Dec, AT 13:33

Even the pro-guns National Rifle Association agrees to enter discussions after Sandy Hook tragedy

Who's who in the top-brass sex scandal gripping America

Briefing Wed 14 Nov, AT 16:18

A writer, a socialite and thousands of emails have unseated a CIA director and now threaten an army general

Nate Silver calls it for Obama: is it another Dewey moment?

First Post Tue 6 Nov, AT 09:07

The New York Times psephologist has forecast an easy victory for incumbent Barack Obama

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