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US President Barack Obama arrives at the Federal Emergency Management Agency  National Response Coordination Centre in Washington. Mr Obama urged House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, to put a “clean” government Bill to a vote to prove his claim that it would not be passed. Photograph: Bloomberg

US president Barack Obama dared the Republican leader of the House of Representatives to hold a vote on a no-strings-attached budget to reopen governm(...)

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington: “The fanatics barricaded in the Capitol dug in, determined to tear down what their idols, the founding fathers, had built.” Photograph: Getty Images

An ape sits where Abe sat.The year is 2084, in the capital of the land formerly called north America. The peeling columns of the Lincoln Memorial, and(...)

Members of Adapt, a grassroots disability rights group that supports Obamacare, march in Washington during the US government shutdown today. Photograph:  Gary Cameron/Reuters

The US government launched the centrepiece of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform today, opening online insurance marketplaces across(...)

US President Barack Obama finishes a statement to the media about the government shutdown in the briefing room of the White House in Washington last night. Obama said  the 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

What’s happening in Washington?Torn apart by political wrangling between Democrats and far-right Republicans, Congress was unable to agree a short-ter(...)

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks to the press after leaving the Senate Chamber after a marathon attack on “Obamacare,” at the US Capitol in Washington. Photograph: Reuters

The US treasury department has warned Congress it will run out of cash by mid-October and face a first-time default on its debts if lawmakers do not v(...)

For some of the rodeo clowns clamouring for impeachment around the country, Barack Obama’s real crime is presiding while black. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King jnr’s I Have a Dream speech, Kerry Bentivolio, a Michigan congressman, has a dream, too: to impeach the (...)

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