Harley Dennett

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The US debt deal nobody likes is done … almost

August 1, 2011 7

Less than 48 hours before the US government runs out of money, a tentative deal to avoid default has split both parties down the middle and a vote still has not been scheduled.

Gay marriage honeymoon a smokescreen of lingering inequality

July 25, 2011 4

Hundreds of same-s-x couples rushed to be the first to marry in New York. But that win bears no resemblance to equality-focused gay rights moves in Australia and other advanced societies.

US nears debt deal, dragging Tea Party kicking and screaming

July 21, 2011 4

The White House is confident a grand deal will be reached in days to raise the US debt ceiling -- giving Republicans the largest share of the spoils. It’s been said before, but this time they’re adamant.

A resolution to the US debt crisis that nobody likes

July 14, 2011

US financial markets lifted today, possibly as it digested the new plan by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell to prevent the US from defaulting by handing over Congress’s debt ceiling power to the White House. It's a plan B at best.

No deal on debt sends US economy to the brink

July 11, 2011 4

The White House debt crisis talks took a turn for the worse in the last 24 hours, as Republican Speaker John Boehner walked away from a $4 trillion spending cut called the "deal of the century". The stunt could be catastrophic.

US creditors wait, Obama thundered, but Republicans didn’t listen

June 30, 2011 9

Barack Obama needs to pull a rabbit out of his hat quickly before the game of debt brinkmanship in Washington damages more than just his own legacy. His stance today didn't help, Harley Dennett reports from DC.

Obama’s gay marriage flip-flop hints at campaign targets

Obama’s gay marriage flip-flop hints at campaign targets

June 24, 2011 11

Why is it so hard to believe a left-leaning politician might genuinely oppose same-sex marriage? The bigger problem for Barack Obama is not even he's sure what side he supports.

White House race begins: Republicans debate in New Hampshire

June 14, 2011 10

The first major debate of the 2012 US presidential primaries took place in New Hampshire Monday night, giving each of the seven candidates a chance to rise above the widespread view that the field is a poor one.

Black is back as evangelical Republicans rally

Black is back as evangelical Republicans rally

June 6, 2011

As Barack Obama mobilises his re-election campaign, the Republican base is for the first time excited about a black man running for president -- former fast food chain executive Herman Cain, that is. Crikey was at the Faith and Freedom Coalition in DC.

Huckabee Fox off with ‘no ticker’, so who’ll kick-start GOP cause?

Huckabee Fox off with ‘no ticker’, so who’ll kick-start GOP cause?

May 16, 2011

Would the real Republican candidates for president please stand up? The field of conservatives willing to challenge has gone from almost nobody to anybody with a book or TV show to sell.

America wrestles its conscience post-bin Laden

America wrestles its conscience post-bin Laden

May 3, 2011 102

Hillary Clinton stood shoulder to shoulder with Kevin Rudd earlier today in Washington, two life-long opponents of the death penalty, praising the extra-judicial killing of an unarmed man. But it changes everything when it's Osama bin Laden.

Donald Trump’s pimpin’ new role in wingnut history

Donald Trump’s pimpin’ new role in wingnut history

April 28, 2011 19

Donald Trump's pitch for the Republican US presidential nomination has been compared to recent media sideshows like Charlie Sheen and Rebecca Black. The better comparison is California’s 2003 recall election that became worldwide entertainment.

US govt shutdown: public servants race to join ‘essential’ list

April 7, 2011 10

US government workers face the ultimate performance appraisal next week as America finds out what life would be like without them.

Gillard’s travelling circus: $10k to report from the wrong side of the velvet rope

March 11, 2011 8

There are many dozen staff, journalists and crew who are quite thankful the massive operation that is a prime ministerial trip to America is just about over. It's an expensive and exhausting experience.

A schmaltzy speech for Australians, but Gillard wows DC

March 10, 2011 20

Julia Gillard’s packed tour of Washington establishment this week included several speeches that won’t make a lot of sense to Australians. The prime minister’s address to the US Congress was an affair of high importance to the Americans, with a ceremonial escort consisting of no less than all four leaders of the chambers and nearly […]

Obama’s surprise gay marriage pledge: let the courts decide

Obama’s surprise gay marriage pledge: let the courts decide

February 24, 2011 4

The Obama administration has reversed a long-held position that it must defend America's federal ban on same-sex marriage from challenges in the courts.

Some of us knew Campbell was gay — and chose not to report

February 11, 2011 22

If you’re going to out an irrelevant but embarrassing secret of a public figure, you’d better make sure they react badly. That seems to be ACMA's logic in clearing Channel Seven of breaching standards when it outed NSW MP David Campbell.

In Congress, Americans debate patriotism and enforcement

February 9, 2011 1

A showdown in the US House of Representatives over extending the controversial Patriot Act fell narrowly to civil libertarians today, foreshadowing a larger fight over a permanent extension. Perhaps for the first time since September 11, Americans are questioning the need for heightened security, says Harley Dennett.

Pentagon red faced over WikiLeaks suspect

Pentagon red faced over WikiLeaks suspect

January 27, 2011 10

The US Department of Defence suffered another damaging leak this week when NBC learnt the government’s chief suspect in the WikiLeaks case could not be tied to Julian Assange by its own investigation, writes Harley Dennett, in Washington DC.

State of the Union preview: Obama’s tightrope

January 24, 2011 5

In two days US President Barack Obama will lay out his new centrist agenda of leaner government and long-term job growth as he delivers his second official State of the Union address, writes Harley Dennett in Washington DC.