He needs to save the US – and in effect – the global economy from a crippling new recession. So US President Barack Obama has cut short his Christmas holiday in Hawaii to restart talks to prevent America going over the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon has one non-urgent item pending on his agenda in the dying days of his presidency - he wants to change his country's name.
After the sound and the fury, the public disdain for government – particularly for Congress – the high stakes and looming fiscal disaster and $6 billion, we end up where we began – with Barack Obama in the White House, Democrats with a modest majority in the Senate, and Republicans retaining control of the House
First peace talks in a decade ended with little progress, with the sides agreeing to meet again next month in Cuba
Democrat Joe Biden and Republican congressman Paul Ryan traded barbs in the first and only vice-presidential debate of the 2012 election campaign on Friday
September's figure comes down to 7.8 per cent as economy adds 114,000 new jobs in potential boost for Obama
The chairwoman of the US House committee blocks US government's move to transfer $450m in assistance to Egypt.