Nobody is blinking in Washington, with Republicans hostage to the Tea Party and Democrats refusing to budge. A shutdown of the US government is now likely, writes reporter Andrew Murfett stateside.
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In naming an election date eight months out, Julia Gillard's inner circle are establishing the first US-style election campaign in Australia's history. Tony Abbott will be cast similarly to Mitt Romney.
Watching the conservative commentators in the US as they struggle to explain Barack Obama's win is a gleeful time for Guy Rundle, who writes on the rise of the Left.
American electoral behaviour is becoming more predictable and more polarised. The final tallies for voting in the US election show Barack Obama didn't win by all that much.
Republican-leaning pundits predicted the US election result more on hope more than common sense. Now there's egg all over their faces as Democrats celebrate.
Barack Obama won 55% of the female vote, meaning it was women who decided this year's presidential election. Politicians who refuse to take women's concerns and freedoms seriously are now on notice.
It wasn't just Barack Obama's victory that had liberals salivating yesterday. Democrats have built a platform to win more of the electorate, says Crikey's man in America.
Republicans have to learn from this loss, writes David Smith of Sydney University's United States Studies Centre. Moving even further right would only alienate more American voters.
The networks say Barack Obama has won. Mitt Romney -- who apparently didn't write a concession speech -- may now need one. The election was close, but Democrats will win.