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Jenica Krall  tries her hand at a virtual shooting booth at the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference  in National Harbor, Maryland. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Velvet Cowan is wearing a tight-fitting T-shirt with pictures of two guns across her chest. “Keep your hands off of my guns,” her top says. A p(...)

Democrats ridiculed John Boehner for his inability to muster just 18 votes among his members  Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg.

There was a strange moment when Republican speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner ended a press conference on Monday evening. Aft(...)

Us secretary of state John Kerry will travel to Geneva to join talks on Iran’s nuclear programme, the State Department said today, as Tehran and six w(...)

Reporters gather around US senator Ted Cruz as he announces he will not filibuster, after a Republican Senate caucus meeting at the US Capitol in Washington. Mr Cruz, the new Texas senator and the Tea Party favourite who led the charge to make healthcare reforms central to the budget talks, lashed out at all comers yesterday after the Senate compromise. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

What happened in Washington last night? US Congress passed a deal brokered by Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate yesterday on a sh(...)

Religious leaders pray outside the Capitol on Wednesday, the 16th day of the government shutdown in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate struck a deal to end the 16-day US government shutdown and avert a looming historic debt default a(...)

A cleaner dusts a statue of Alexander Hamilton, a founding father of the US, in the Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington yesterday as the US government shutdown entered a third week. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

A possible congressional deal to avert a default after the United States reaches a debt limit tomorrow fell apart yesterday as Senate Democrats and th(...)

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(...)

Senate majority leader Harry Reid walks through the Capitol building yesterday in Washington, DC. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images.

US senators said they were closing in on a deal yesterday that would reopen the government and push back a possible default for several months, though(...)

US president Barack Obama, centrr, meets with Senate Democratic leaders in the Oval Office on Saturday, October 12th , 2013. Photograph: Martin H. Simon/Pool via Bloomberg

US president Barack Obama said lawmakers appear to have made progress on a deal to reopen the government and avert a looming default today as he prepa(...)

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(...)

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