Republicans vow to reduce size of government

2010-11-04 21:19

Republicans, fresh from capturing the House of Representatives have vowed to reduce the size of government.

Obama rues election 'shellacking'

2010-11-04 12:06

President Barack Obama has admitted he suffered a “shellacking” in mid-term elections, but would not concede the rout represents a massive repudiation of his transformative domestic agenda.

Obama blames election rout on economy

2010-11-03 22:22

US President Barack Obama would not concede that the election rout marked a massive repudiation of his agenda, but did shoulder the blame for voter frustration.

Obama wants to work with Republicans

2010-11-03 20:42

US President Barack Obama has said he looked forward to working with Republicans after their mid-term election triumph and admitted Americans were "deeply frustrated".

Clinton pledges to work with Republicans

2010-11-03 18:10

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has vowed to work with the new Republican-led House of Representatives.

Republicans: We're taking our govt back!

2010-11-03 15:51

Americans have awoken to a vastly different political landscape, with Republicans retaking the House of Representatives, while ultra-conservatives have claimed a "Tea Party tidal wave".

Key win for Democrats in Nevada

2010-11-03 11:54

US Senator Harry Reid has survived a ferocious battle from Tea Party star Sharron Angle and a huge Republican wave to win a fifth term in Nevada.

Bitter end for Pelosi

2010-11-03 11:49

Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to serve as US speaker of the House, appears out of a job after a short but productive four years in office.

Big wins for Republicans' Tea Party

2010-11-03 10:38

While Republicans have failed to capture the US Senate, the party managed to cut deeply into the Democrats majority and managed big wins in its ultra-conservative Tea Party branch.

Democrats win California governorship

2010-11-03 09:36

Democrat Jerry Brown has won the California governorship, defeating Republican rival Meg Whitman, who spent $140m on her campaign, and succeeding 'Governator' Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Republicans gain 10+ governorships

2010-11-03 08:46

Republicans have captured governorships that had been held by Democrats in at least 10 states, including some key presidential battlegrounds.

Republicans take House of Representatives

2010-11-03 08:02

Resurgent Republicans have smashed the Democratic power monopoly, taking back the House of Representatives in a debilitating blow to President Barack Obama.

Grim mood for divided US voters

2010-11-02 22:13

The mood of the US is dark as Democrats rally desperately to defend President Barack Obama and angry Republicans hope to deliver a crippling rebuke.

Obama makes last appeal to voters

2010-11-02 11:58

President Barack Obama has warned that key US elections "will have an impact for decades to come" as his Democratic allies brace for a rout fuelled by deep voter anger.

Obama's Democrats brace for rout

2010-11-02 08:10

US President Barack Obama's Democrats are braced for an elections rout, as a wave of 11th-hour polls showed Republicans on course for big gains.

Republicans win on Facebook

2010-10-30 22:15

Republicans will have to wait to find out if they will make the big gains many expect in the US Congress, but they have already beaten the Democrats in another arena: Facebook.

Obama courts young voters on TV

2010-10-27 22:06

Less than one week before key US elections, President Barack Obama is courting young voters with an appeal in the the popular Daily Show satirical television show.

US senate seat decider in dead heat

2010-10-26 21:56

The race for a US Senate seat in Pennsylvania, which might decide whether President Obama's Democrats retain control of the chamber, is a dead heat one week before the election.

Obama sends mixed messages

2010-10-25 15:59

Barack Obama says he sees opportunities to work with the Republicans after election day, yet warns Washington could be consumed by gridlock.

Gays could sway election

2010-10-25 14:09

As many gay voters are angry at a perceived lack of progress, activists say they could be key in deciding the upcoming mid term elections.

Gays disillusioned with Obama

2010-10-21 15:38

American gays still support the Democratic Party, but disillusionment with President Barack Obama and worry over gay-bashing have taken a toll.

Republicans brand Pelosi a witch

2010-10-19 13:23

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has proved an irresistible target to Republicans, who have branded the top Democrat a “wicked witch” and would-be puppy-killer.

Parties aim big guns at California

2010-10-18 18:04

Ahead of the knife-edge mid-term polls coming up, Democrats and Republicans have sent in the big guns to woo voters in the state of California.

Gays still matter in US polls

2010-10-18 10:43

The gay marriage issue is roiling races across the US during a time of tumult for the gay rights movement.

Obama gets frank with US youth

2010-10-15 11:16

Juggling pointed questions on cyber bullying, gay rights and race, US President Barack Obama has held a meeting with American youth, hoping to refresh his bond with them.


Latinos, blacks make big gains

2010-11-04 16:05

Minority lawmakers have had a groundbreaking year, picking up two governor's posts, and South Carolina has elected a black congressman.

Women lose ground in US congress

2010-11-04 10:55

The number of women in Congress is to fall for the first time in more than 30 years after a string of female losses in US mid-term elections.

Republicans take 10 governorships

2010-11-03 22:22

Republicans captured Democratic governorships in at least 10 states, including some prime presidential battlegrounds, and hoped for even more statehouse gains.

Boehner to tackle Obama healthcare

2010-11-03 19:07

House Republican Leader John Boehner is claiming a voter mandate to roll back the Obama administration's health care overhaul.

Voters voice distaste for tax hikes

2010-11-03 17:26

Voters in many US states made clear their dislike for tax hikes, voting to limit how their states may raise revenue and changing how some budget decisions are made.

Obama facing bleak political future

2010-11-03 13:23

US President Barack Obama is facing a bleak political landscape after voters punished Democrats and delivered a divided Congress in the mid-term elections.

Republican wins Obama's old seat

2010-11-03 11:50

President Barack Obama has suffered a significant symbolic defeat after Republican Mark Kirk of Illinois won Obama's old US Senate seat.

Democrats keep New York

2010-11-03 11:49

The Democratic Party has kept hold of the governor's office and the top prosecutor's job in the state of New York.

Black female first for Alabama

2010-11-03 10:36

Democrat Terri Sewell has become the first black woman to be elected to the House of Representatives from Alabama.

Who to watch in new US Congress

2010-11-03 09:11

US voters have shuffled the deck in Washington, bringing a fresh crop of officials to the halls of power - take a look at who they are.

Obama asks Republicans for common ground

2010-11-03 08:06

US President Barack Obama has told Republican congressional leaders that he wants to find common ground after their crushing mid-term election wins.

Democrats retain Senate majority

2010-11-03 07:20

Democrats have lost six seats but have retained their Senate majority in the US mid-term elections, while the Republicans have regained control of the House of Representatives.

Voters to punish Democrats in US poll

2010-11-02 22:13

American voters streamed to voting places before dawn with Republicans poised to strip Democrats of their lock on power in Congress and reshape the political landscape.

Republicans seen taking US polls

2010-11-02 08:35

Republicans are expected to swamp Democrats in a tidal wave of voter anger in key US mid-term elections that will decide who controls Congress until 2012.

US Republicans to take House

2010-10-31 19:50

Republicans are positioned to wrest control of the House of Representatives in the upcoming US elections.

Many decisions for US voters

2010-10-28 10:32

Legalising marijuana, slashing taxes and shutting down puppy mills are just some of the decisions US voters have to make in next week’s mid-term elections.

Obama campaigning from White House

2010-10-27 21:24

President Barack Obama is using the power of his office to reach Democratic voters with less than a week remaining before congressional elections.

US woman's head trampled

2010-10-26 20:30

Republican US Senate candidate Rand Paul's supporters have wrestled a woman to the ground and even trampled her head after she tried to confront Paul in Kentucky.

Dems, GOP predicting victory

2010-10-25 14:28

Ahead of a crucial election that could shift power in Congress, leaders from both major US parties are predicting victories for each side.

Pastors preach politics from pulpit

2010-10-25 12:59

On the eve of the US vote, pastors across the country are violating the law by preaching about politics from the pulpit.

US ad urges Latinos not to vote

2010-10-20 15:08

A Republican campaign ad urging Latinos not to vote has been pulled from the airwaves amid an outcry that it was a trick against Democrat Harry Reid.

NY governor face-off like theatre

2010-10-19 12:27

New York, known for theatre, has seen a production with more spark than many Broadway shows and almost as big a cast: the gubernatorial debate.

Enthusiasm gap favours Republicans

2010-10-18 13:26

The enthusiasm gap between Democrats and Republicans in the first midterm elections of US President Barack Obama's presidency is no myth.

Obama supporters defecting

2010-10-17 21:08

President Barack Obama is taking his popular wife with him to three campaign stops in the pivotal swing state of Ohio, but it may be too little, too late.

Clinton, Palin set to battle

2010-10-12 10:19

Former President Bill Clinton and ex-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin are lining up on opposite sides in a key state Senate race, an important race for November elections.

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