From turtle cams to the Scissor Sisters, the Democratic national convention involves some serious social action too.
The Democratic national convention in Charlotte culminates with Barack Obama's acceptance speech on Thursday night. Before then, the convention will feature a mix of fresh and familiar faces. Here are six worth watching:
OK, here's the statutory health warning: for a long, long time, people have been saying that the next US presidential election will be "the internet election".
When President Barack Obama mentioned the Republican party convention on the campaign trail in Fort Collins, Colorado, and his supporters began to boo his opponents, he paused and went off script.
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.
Each nugget of data about the health of the American housing market or the mood of its consumers will be eagerly seized upon and carefully spun by Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in the coming weeks, as they fight to prove they should be trusted to run the world's largest economy.
The drowned town of Braithwaite slowly emerged from flood waters on Friday, revealing two bodies and ruined homes as a weakened storm Isaac moved further inland, drenching Arkansas and Missouri.
Mitt Romney's election team has declared they are confident that the road to the White House lies open as their candidate headed out on his first full day of campaigning as the Republican presidential nominee.
Barack Obama's campaign team rejected demands on Sunday that the president apologise over accusations that Mitt Romney lied about his time at Bain Capital and may have committed a crime.
President Barack Obama continued to needle Mitt Romney over claims he sent jobs overseas while at Bain Capital, despite demands for an apology by the Republican candidate.
Mitt Romney has embarked on a media blitz to demand an apology from Barack Obama's campaign for calling him either a liar or a criminal over his involvement with Bain Capital, the company where he made his fortune.