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Senator Ted Cruz (Republican) briefing the media following a bipartisan deal on funding the federal government and extending the US debt limit. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

After weeks of threats, filibusters and Bills designed to gut Barack Obama’s healthcare law, combined with a government shutdown and possible sovereig(...)

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(...)

Federal workers calling  for an end to the US government shutdown in Washington yesterday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Washington faces a tumultuous week as Democrats and Republicans struggle to agree a deal to raise the US’s borrowing limit to avoid a catastrophic def(...)

US president Barack Obama waves goodbye at the end of his news conference at the White House Briefing Room in Washington yesterday.

US president Barack Obama turned up the political pressure on Republicans yesterday, saying he would be willing to negotiate on budget issues only aft(...)

Lawmakers in Washington after voting to guarantee that federal workers will receive back pay once the government reopens after its shutdown. Public opinion is likely to turn further against Republicans as the full impact of the interruption to many federal services is felt. Photograph: Drew Angerer/The New York Times

Last weekend was unseasonably warm in Washington, with temperatures above 30 degrees, but sweaty tourists on the National Mall seeking a respite from (...)

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(...)

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