Barack Obama used his first public appearance since his return to the White House to issue a challenge to Republicans in Congress to work with him to prevent the economy going into freefall next year.
The head of the CIA David Petraeus resigned on Friday, saying that he had shown "extremely poor judgment" by having an extramarital affair.
New York City will be subjected to enforced gas rationing from Friday after mayor Michael Bloomberg said the measure was necessary to reduce waiting times for fuel.
Barack Obama flew back to Washington and his desk in the Oval Office on Wednesday hours after delivering an election victory speech in Chicago in which he called for the country to unite behind him.
Stock markets reacted nervously to President Barack Obama's victory Wednesday as the focus in Wall Street and Washington shifted from electoral politics to the the fight over the so-called "fiscal cliff".
Barack Obama can rise to the big rhetorical occasion.
Barack Obama, the post-partisan candidate of hope who became the first black U.S. president, won re-election today by overcoming four years of economic discontent with a mix of political populism and electoral math.
Democrats are assured of retaining their U.S. Senate majority after Republicans lost seats in Indiana, Massachusetts and Maine, and Democrats held on to crucial seats in Virginia and Missouri.
An off-hand and off-colour remark by Barack Obama may have signalled a decision by his campaign to go nuclear on Mitt Romney's shifting ideological track record.
Barack Obama attempted to seize back the political initiative on Tuesday by abruptly switching to a new, positive strategy for the final stretch of the White House campaign after dominating the third and final presidential debate.
In the long roll-call of characters involved in the Watergate scandal, there is usually one curious omission – the name of the intended victim.