The stand-off between the White House and Congress over the 'fiscal cliff' turned into a full-blown crisis on Thursday night when Republican House Speaker John Boehner was publicly humiliated, unable to command enough support to secure passage of his own bill.
The former presidential candidate John McCain is one of three US senators who have criticised the depiction of torture in Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's fact-based drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
One of the first rules of being a journalist (we've just now looked them up) is: you don't have to ask the questions the person talking wants to answer. You can ask anything. And the White House press corps proved it on Wednesday.
Barack Obama has moved to head off the fiscal cliff budget crisis, tabling an offer to Republicans that involves raising taxes on those earning over $400,000, almost doubling his previous threshold of $250,000.
Barack Obama delivered the most impassioned speech of his presidency on Sunday night, addressing the grieving families of Newtown, Connecticut with words of comfort while delivering a clarion call to the nation that enough was enough and that the "carnage" of mass shootings must end.
Mitt Romney's campaign came close to hitting the self-destruct button when he stood by a secret video recording suggesting that 47% of Americans are government-dependent "victims" who do not pay taxes.
Barack Obama has warned Republicans that if they attempt to block his drive towards comprehensive immigration reform he will send his own legislation to Congress and force them to vote on it.
General Norman Schwarzkopf who commanded allied forces in the 1991 Gulf War has died at the age of 78 in Tampa, Florida.
Up to 12,000 visitors to Yosemite national park in California may have been exposed to a deadly mouse-borne virus that has already claimed two lives.
Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has given a backhanded endorsement to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign predicting it will usher in a "zombie apocalypse".
The Christmas decorations are up in Sandy Hook. College kids are starting to come home for the holidays. But in the centre of this small New England community many of the flags, signs and balloons don't have much of a festive resonance.
Police in Aurora, Colorado have successfully dismantled a potentially lethal booby trap left at the home of suspected mass shooter James Holmes.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is not short of living space – his Upper West Side townhouse extends to 12,500 sq ft. But his plan for residents unable to cope with mushrooming rents in Manhattan is somewhat more modest: tiny "micro units" one fortieth of the size.
State delegate attempts to censor Ravens linebacker Ayanbadejo over gay marriage.
President Obama's plans to extend Bush-era tax cuts for those earning less than $250,000 will cost the federal government $243bn in lost revenue, according to an independent report.
It's still four years to go until the next US presidential election, but already the Republicans are having cold sweats over the prospect of facing Hillary Clinton at the ballot box, judging by the comments of Newt Gingrich.
Barack Obama has rejected the latest proposal from Republican leaders on how to avoid the fiscal cliff, dismissing their offer as unbalanced and based on faulty calculations.
Talks between the White House and congressional Republican leaders over the pending fiscal crisis have hit the buffers, with no sign of compromise on either side and with just 29 days to go before the advent of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that economists say could propel the US into another recession.