Mitt Romney raised Republican hopes of an election comeback with a spirited and aggressive performance that forced Barack Obama repeatedly onto the defensive in the first presidential debate.
A trip to McDonald's, a photo shoot on Red Square, and a chummy meeting with one of his biggest fans – it's all in a day's work for Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, who met Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, on Monday during a visit to Moscow.
Just after his inauguration, President Barack Obama made a pledge: to cut the nation's $1.3tn deficit in half by the end of his first term.
Mitt Romney's collapsing campaign is beginning to hurt Republican chances in key congressional races, risking their hopes of taking the Senate as a bastion against a second-term Barack Obama presidency.
Modern political campaigns are tightly controlled events but no one can control the weather and a storm barrelling towards Tampa has forced the cancellation of the first day of the Republican party's national convention.
Mitt Romney's offshore financial holdings are coming under new scrutiny following the publication of internal audits and private letters related to his $250m fortune.
The Obama campaign team has kept up the pressure on Mitt Romney's tricky position on tax, promising to stop hounding him on the subject if he releases five years' worth of returns.