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J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, testified alongside ousted IRS head Steven T. Miller

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Republican Mitt Romney has secured his place as the challenger to Barack Obama in November's US presidential election, following a primary in Texas

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...hold of 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination. Mitt Romney said he was “humbled”. He is the first Mormon from a major party to contest the presidential election. He is set to be officially anointed as the Republican nominee at the party convention in Florida in late August. Mitt Romney has been the presumptive nominee for several weeks as his rivals withdrew or suspended campaignin...

US voters are heading to the polls in the first major round of elections since President Barack Obama won a second term one year ago

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...ono. While many in New Jersey support her positions, she has had difficulty raising money, even from Democrats, because of her relatively low profile. The Virginia governor race pits Democrat Terry McAuliffe against Republican Ken Cuccinelli. Terry McAuliffe is a businessman and veteran Democratic party fundraiser. He has close ties to former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, serving as...

Michele Bachmann received 28 percent of the nearly 17000 votes cast

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...Barack Obama will be a one … term … president.”   “I think what people see in me is I’m a real person, I’m authentic,” she said.   Michele Bachmann compared herself to Ronald Reagan, who is saw as one of the party’s giants by Republicans, in being guided by a core set of principles.   “I don’t compromise my core principles. That’s...

Texas Governor Rick Perry is running for the US presidential race.

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...nd the key state of South Carolina to line up solid support over the weekend,” said Dr. Brinson, who is considered a major force in conservative politics in the South.   “Obvious strategy is to anchor South Carolina which is the make-or-break state for all Republican presidential contenders.”   Kirsten Gray, Texas Democratic Party spokeswoman, who disputed Rick Perry’s activity claims...

Mitt Romney aides blast Republican "hypocrites" like Bobby Jindal and Newt Gingrich

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Former senior aides to Mitt Romney have hit back at the “hypocrites” in the Republican party who just days before the election were clamoring for jobs in a Romney administration and are now belittling him. “I’m sure Governor Romney is finding out now who his real friends are,” said a former adviser. “There were one or two well-known figures who were late committing to support him, were the...

Bill Clinton has delivered a prime-time defence of Barack Obama, nominating the president for a second term in the White House

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...50-minute speech at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, was strongly critical of Republican economic plans. Bill Clinton launched a full-throated defence of Barack Obama’s policies, saying his economic policies were working. Barack Obama will take on Republican Mitt Romney in November’s election. Bill Clinton’s speech is being seen as the high point of a revit...

Top US Republican John Boehner has called in Congress for action against a White House contraception rule that has angered Catholic leaders

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Top US Republican John Boehner has called in Congress for action against a White House contraception rule that has angered Catholic leaders. John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, said legislation was needed against the rule, which means Church-linked institutions must buy health insurance that covers birth control costs. Catholic leaders say that would force them to violate religious beliefs. Whi...

Ann Romney has painted a loving portrait of her husband Mitt Romney at the Republican convention

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...oys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters on MS [multiple sclerosis] or breast cancer. “A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage.” Ann Romney has painted a loving portrait of her husband Mitt Romney at the Republican convention She addressed criticism from Democrats over her husband’s successful private...

The US government shutdown is looming as Democrat and Republican lawmakers remain unable to strike a deal on a new plan to continue funding its operation

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The US government shutdown is looming as Democrat and Republican lawmakers remain unable to strike a deal on a new plan to continue funding its operation. If they fail to reach an agreement by midnight, the US government will be forced to close all non-essential federal services. More than 800,000 staff could be sent home on unpaid leave, with no guarantee of back pay once the deadlock is over. T...

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is expected to suspend his campaign next week

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US media report that Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is expected to suspend his campaign next week. Newt Gingrich said on Wednesday that he expected Mitt Romney, who won five primaries on Tuesday, to be the Republican nominee. The former House Speaker’s campaign had said it would reassess its future if he did not win the contest in Delaware. Newt Gingrich has won only two primarie...

Mississippi authorities are investigating the death of State Representative Jessica Upshaw, who was found dead in a suspected suicide at the home of former lawmaker Clint Rotenberry

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...was an attorney who was first elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2004. She was a Republican from Diamondhead along the state’s coast. Mendenhall is about 110 miles away from her hometown. Jessica Upshaw was not married, but did have an adult daughter who is married with a child of her own and lives in South Korea, according to the Clarion-Ledger. Clint Rotenberry, also a...

Unconfirmed US media reports say Mitt Romney has decided on Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as running mate for November election

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...as running mate for November election In particular, Mitt Romney will seek to fight back against the Democrats’ push to portray him as upper-class and out-of-touch with ordinary Americans, observers say. Recent opinion polls suggest a close race between the two men, with Barack Obama tending to have a slight lead in most surveys. The vice-presidential announcement is expected to be made duri...

Ten of lesser-spotted things about American presidential politics and about 2012 campaign

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...s in a tie – and there are several scenarios under which this could occur – the election is sent to the 435-member House of Representatives. This is currently Republican-controlled and is unlikely to change hands, so they would choose Mitt Romney. But under the same clause, the Democrat-led Senate would choose the vice-president – Joe Biden. Joe Biden might then be tempted to und...

Barack Obama and his rival Mitt Romney are on track to raise more than $2 billion by Election Day

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...November 6, both candidates will have each passed the $1 billion barrier in donations. Barack Obama is already there, according to financial disclosures filed yesterday. The president and his Democrat Party have tallied up about $1.06 billion while Mitt Romney and the Republicans have collected $954 million since the turn of the year. By comparison, Barack Obama raised a total of $750 for his suc...

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he would stick with his Republican ticket and vote for Mitt Romney

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...Republican ticket and vote for Mitt Romney in this Tuesday’s election. “The fact of the matter is what New Jerseyans expect from their governor is to work for them, not to work for any particular political party,” Chris Christie told Israel’s Channel 2 television in an interview broadcast on Sunday. “I’m a Republican and I have endorsed Mitt Romney, I support him and I intend to...

Mitt Romney has visited an emergency centre in hurricane-damaged Louisiana

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...Ryan in Florida before cancelling a campaign stop in Virginia and diverting to the South. Hurricane Isaac caused heavy flooding in areas around New Orleans and damage across the Gulf Coast. Mitt Romney will challenge President Barack Obama in November’s election. The Democratic president is due to tour storm-affected areas of Louisiana Monday, a US national holiday. Mitt Romney has visited...

The gaming hobby of political candidate Colleen Lachowicz has become an issue in a state senate race in New England

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The gaming hobby of political candidate Colleen Lachowicz has become an issue in a state senate race in New England, US. Maine Republicans have created a webpage revealing that Democrat candidate Colleen Lachowicz plays an orc rogue in World of Warcraft (WoW). Colleen Lachowicz’s liking for back-stabbing and poison in WoW raise questions about her “fitness for office”, they clai...

Joe Biden and Paul Ryan clashed sharply in their only debate

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...y night’s debate saw feisty exchanges on national security, the economy, taxes and healthcare. Democrat Joe Biden was aggressive, frequently interrupting his rival as he defended President Barack Obama. Republican Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan was comparatively calm in his first debate on the national stage. The head-to-head came as Democrats try to rejuvenate their campaign after what was...

Republican party bosses suspect Chris Christie's momentary embrace of Barack Obama during the President's tour of devastated New Jersey this week was a deliberate snub to Mitt Romney

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...o believe in the weeks leading up to Paul Ryan’s introduction that he would be joining Romney on the Republican presidential ticket, Politico reported, citing conversations with “campaign insiders”. Now Republican party bosses suspect Chris Christie’s momentary embrace of Barack Obama during the President’s tour of devastated New Jersey this week was a deliberate snub to Mitt Romney. C...

Mitt Romney has accepted the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Florida

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...e ideas” and he “would take our country backwards”. Mitt Romney will challenge the Democratic president in November’s election. His speech was the climax of the three-day Republican convention, which correspondents saw as an attempt to show the human side of a candidate who is sometimes accused of being opaque and distant. Mitt Romney began the most important speech of his...

Mitt Romney told Fox News he was committed to helping the 100 percent

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has admitted his remark that 47% of Americans are government dependent victims was “completely wrong”. Mitt Romney told Fox News he was committed to “helping the 100%”. His comments, secretly filmed at a fundraiser in September, were possibly his most damaging campaign moment. Polls suggest he is back on track after a debate wi...

Gabrielle Giffords

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...c debt-limit bill was 430. One of the votes has been the most important one. Gabrielle Giffords The republican Gabrielle Giffords returned to the House on Monday to cast her vote after 7 months since she was shot in the head. Lots of applause and hugs from Gabrielle Giffords Republican and Democratic colleagues greeted her. Gabrielle Giffords’ entrance, with just minutes remaining in the vote, su...

Barack Obama has used a last-ditch White House meeting to urge Congress to back an interim plan to avoid the fiscal cliff

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President Barack Obama has used a last-ditch White House meeting to urge Congress to back an interim plan to avoid the “fiscal cliff”, reports say. Barack Obama reportedly asked Republican and Democratic leaders to back tax cuts for those earning under $250,000. They have only four days to reach an agreement before across-the-board tax rises and spending cuts take effect. Analysts say...

President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney are making final preparations for the first of three crucial presidential debates

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...ics say neither man has fully fleshed out his economic policies, and doubts remains about how either Republican or Democrat will tackle the $15 trillion US deficit. The two candidates have been largely absent from the campaign trail in recent days, shutting themselves away with aides for hours of rigorous preparation and practice. Mitt Romney, who is known for his meticulous approach to debates, a...