Former defence secretary and CIA chief  Leon Panetta: said that, on occasion, Obama “avoids the battle, complains, and misses opportunities”. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/Reuters

Leon Panetta, Barack Obama’s former secretary of defence and CIA chief, has criticised the president in a new memoir, saying that he too often “rel(...)

Badge of honour: supporters of Hillary Clinton are preparing for a presidential run. Photograph: Astrid Riecken/MCT via Getty

Hillary Clinton insists that she has yet to decide if she’ll run for the presidency in 2016 but her campaign has been hard at work for months, raising(...)

 President Barack Obama and US Vice President Joe Biden  in the private dining room of the White House yesterday.  According to reports, the Obama administration denied that press access to the meeting had anything to do the  revelations released in the memoir of former defence secretary Robert Gates. Photograph:   Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images

The White House and former Obama administration aides have spoken out against stinging criticism levelled by former US defence secretary Robert Gates (...)

Protesters march in Los Angeles yesterday in  an anti-war rally. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

President Barack Obama and his administration allies are intensifying a public-relations offensive in what even Obama has called a “heavy lift” to win(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore looks on as Britain’s foreign minister William Hague greets his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle at an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on August 21st. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

There was a time when August was a quiet month in Brussels, a period when European decision-makers returned to their respective member states and majo(...)