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US House majority leader Eric Cantor (above) has  lost his seemingly-safe primary to David Brat, a Tea Party-affiliated political novice with a strident anti-immigration message - an upset that could have major implications for the push to overhaul immigration in Congress. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

The second-highest ranking Republican in the US House of Representatives was beaten by a hard-right Tea Party candidate in a shock result in the lates(...)

“Nobody can make Obamacare work,” declared Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, a couple of weeks ago (when it was already obvious that it was working pretty well). Photograph: Amos Ben Gershom GPO via Getty Images

House Republicans released a deliberately misleading report on the status of health reform last week, crudely rigging the numbers to sustain the illus(...)

  Republican congressman Eric Cantor  with Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In 2012, Mr Cantor famously commemorated Labor Day with a Twitter post honouring business owners. Photograph: Amos Ben Gershom GPO via Getty Images)

It seems safe to say Capital in the Twenty-First Century , the magnum opus of the French eco(...)

Senate minority Leader Mitch McConnell leaves the Senate floor in Washington. Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate were close late last night to an agreement that would increase the nation’s borrowing authority and provide enough money to operate the government until the end of the year. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

US Senate leaders are poised to reach an agreement as early as today to bring a halt to the fiscal standoff, and now must race the clock to sell the p(...)

A fence surrounds the US Department of Commerce in Washington  as the government shutdown continued at the weekend. Photograoh: Reuters/Mike Theiler

The US federal government is shut down, we’re about to hit the debt ceiling (with disastrous economic consequences) and no resolution is in sight. (...)

A World War Two veteran tours the World War Two Memorial in Washington yesterday.  The memorial is technically closed due to the government shutdown, but was opened on Tuesday and yesterday for visiting veteran groups. Photograph: Reuters

The second World War memorial in Washington has become a beachhead in the fightback against political paralysis on Capitol Hill and the government shu(...)

US president Barack Obama in the briefing room of the White House in Washington last night.  He  said  a government shutdown was entirely preventable and accused Republicans in the House of Representatives of manufacturing a crisis that would hurt the economy and citizens across the country. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

US president Barack Obama urged House Republicans to pass a short-term budget and keep the government open as political opponents were locked in a sta(...)

President Barack Obama. In the face of a public weary of a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan and sceptical members of Congress who are unsure of the unintended consequences of US military strikes against Syrian government forces, the Obama team is facing an uphill struggle to make its case.

US president Barack Obama is pressing foreign leaders at the G20 summit of world leaders to support military action against Syria over alleged chemica(...)

  Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who  once said of  workers: “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”   Photograph: Stephen Crowley/New York Times)

Here’s how it happened: In 1894, Pullman workers, facing wage cuts in the wake of a financial crisis, went on strike – and Grover Cleveland deploye(...)

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