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Tom Steyer: The San Francisco-based liberal has pledged $55 million (€43 million) to NextGen Climate, his super political action committee, or PAC, to fund pro-environmental candidates.  Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

One of the biggest crusades to encourage voter turnout in this year’s US midterm elections has been led by the billionaire hedge fund founder Tom Stey(...)

US president Barack Obama: called a meeting this week over growing Ebola crisis. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Barack Obama has drawn criticism this past year for not changing his travel or holiday plans when crises struck. Neither the rise of Islamic State mil(...)

Isabela Speedon, a medical assistant, puts clean sheets on an examining table at the Whole Woman’s Health Clinic in McAllen, Texas. The US supreme court on October 14th blocked a federal  ruling that had forced the closure of abortion clinics where doctors did not have admitting access at nearby hospitals, instead allowing them to remain open while appeals proceed. Photograph: Delcia Lopez/The New York Times

Thirteen abortion clinics in Texas have been allowed to reopen after the US supreme court blocked restrictions imposed by a state law that threatened (...)

Donating millions of dollars to the election campaign coffers of Republican candidates, the Koch brothers attempt to influence policy in the direction of their agenda to lower taxes and limit the role of government. Photograph: Gordon M. Grant/The New York Times

In Wichita, Kansas, locals are reluctant to speak about Charles and David Koch, the conservative billionaire industrialists whom Republicans count (...)

Republican US senator Pat Roberts cradles a baby after speaking at a Conservative Revival in Gardner, Kansas. Photograph: Dave Kaup/Reuters

Herbie Hopper is standing on a busy roadside in Wichita, Kansas, holding one end of a large yellow flag. It shows a picture of a coiled rattlesnake(...)

What’s holding back employment in the US, asks speaker of the house John Boehner. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Last week John Boehner, the speaker of the House, explained to an audience at the American Enterprise Institute what’s holding back employment in t(...)

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel (left) and joint chiefs of staff chairman Gen Martin Dempsey testify on Capitol Hill yesterday. Photograph: Getty Images

The highest-ranking military officer in the United States has said he would advise US president Barack Obama to send in ground troops to fight Isla(...)

Too close for comfort: Kay Hagan’s opponents have used her kiss from Barack Obama last week against her. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty
Obama: kiss of death?

High on a shelf above a counter in the Raleigh Times Bar is an empty pint glass, sitting encased in front of a US presidential seal. This is the glass(...)

Senator Thad Cochran celebrates with supporters at a victory party in Jackson, Mississippi. Photograph: Edmund D Fountain/The New York Times

The latest win by the US Republican Party mainstream over the insurgent conservative wing – a narrow victory by veteran Mississippi senator Thad Co(...)

Former US treasury secretary Henry Paulson called for a national tax on carbon emissions to encourage conservation. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo

On Sunday, Henry Paulson, the former US treasury secretary and a lifelong Republican, had an op-ed article about climate policy in the New York Times.(...)

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