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# Obamacare
US facing government shutdown over Obamacare
House Republicans attached an amendment to the government spending bill that would delay the healthcare legislation by a year.
# Obamacare
After 21-hour Ted Cruz speech, US Senate votes on budget measures
Attempting to halt the removal of a provision that would see Obamacare defunded, a Texas senator held the floor for 21 hours, taking time to read his daughters a bed time story.
# close shave
Close call for minister and senator as large branch misses them by inches at Dáil
Minister of State Joe Costello, Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan and his brother Michael Coghlan were standing under the tree when a large branch fell.
# abolition
'Half of Labour's TDs and senators' are against abolition of the Seanad
The party has confirmed its intention to support government policy and a Yes vote on 4 October but its chief whip says that there is a 50-50 split in the parliamentary party over the future of the Seanad.
# wikileaks party
Julian Assange launches political party from inside Ecuadorian embassy
The Wikileaks founder said a victory for his candidates would be like putting the country’s best investigative journalists in the Australian Senate.
# Texas
Texas passes strict anti-abortion law despite protests
The bill includes a ban on terminations starting at 20 weeks after conception and mandates that a doctor must be with a woman when she takes a pill to induce abortion.
# Irish in America
Tánaiste: US Senate vote brings immigration reform a step closer
Eamon Gilmore has welcomed the US Senate’s support for comprehensive immigration reform as the proposed law now goes to the House of Representatives.
Voices
Column: What immigration reform will mean to undocumented Irish in the US
Limerick-born immigration lawyer Caro Kinsella explains what the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill, being discussed by US government now, will mean for undocumented Irish people living in America.
# Immigration
Immigration reform set to pass first hurdle in US Senate - so what's in it?
Here’s a quick guide to the proposals which will face their first vote among the 100-member Senate this evening.
# Online Shopping
Why tax-free shopping on the internet could be facing end in US
The bill, which was being debated in the US Senate yesterday, could lead to the recouping of $11 billion in lost annual sales taxes.
# gun laws
'A pretty shameful day for Washington' - Obama angry at Senate gun vote
The father of a Sandy Hook victim also spoke about the rejected Senate measure on gun checks at the White House today.
# gun laws
US Senate says 'No' to expanded gun checks
The vote is a major blow to the Obama administration.
# gun control
Connecticut passes 'toughest gun law in the US' after Sandy Hook massacre
Connecticut is set to become the third state to vote in new gun control rules following the Newtown shooting.
# Sequester
United States braced for swingeing sequester of €85bn budget cuts
Analysts say that the cuts, due to come into force overnight, will take a number of months to take effect and will see growth fall by as much as 0.7 per cent.
# Australia
Julian Assange to run for Australian senate, his mum says he'll be 'awesome'
The Wikileaks founder intends to run in the September poll even though he is currently holed-up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
# superstorm sandy
Superstorm Sandy: Congress to vote on aid after stinging rebuke from governor
New Jersey governor Chris Christie pulled no punches in condemning “toxic internal politics” within his own Republican party.
# let's get fiscal
Explainer: What is the 'fiscal cliff' and why does it matter?
The US is facing a potentially devastating financial crisis in less than a week but what is it all about, what impact will it have on Ireland and what’s got to happen if it is to be avoided? TheJournal.ie explains…
# sandy hook
After Newtown massacre, Obama backs ban on assault weapons
The US president has thrown his support behind a Democratic senator’s attempts to reintroduce a ban on certain types of guns, a ban which expired eight years ago.
# Australia
Julian Assange plans to run for Australian Senate
The 40-year-old founder of Wikileaks will have to overcome the obstacle of being under virtual house arrest in England and facing sex crime allegations in Sweden.
# Gay Marriage
Eighth US State legalises same-sex marriage
Maryland Senate passed the gay and lesbian marriage bill yesterday.
# Immigration
Tánaiste hopeful of 'early progress' on US visas for Irish
Meanwhile, Eamon Gilmore joins Enda Kenny, Richard Bruton and Bill Clinton for a forum urging “influential friends” to invest in Ireland.
# Corruption
Former US governor Rod Blagojevich gets 14 years for corruption
Blagojevich famously tried to auction off Barack Obama’s former Senate seat to the highest bidder.
# Building Bridges
Taoiseach backs plan to rename bridge after Mary McAleese
Senator Jim D’arcy has called for Boyne Bridge to be renamed after the former president and says he has the support of Enda Kenny.
# US jobs
US senators vote down Obama's jobs bill
The demise of Obama’s jobs package was expected, despite his campaign-style efforts to swing the public behind it.
# US Debt
Senate clears the way for US to raise debt ceiling
The Senate voted by 74 votes to 26 to pass the hard fought bill. Obama has said that it’s the first step to ensuring America lives within its means.
# Debt deal
Watch: Giffords returns to work as US congress passes debt deal
The vote passed comfortably and Giffords’ emotional return brought down the house.
# US Debt
We got a deal: Obama announces agreement that will avoid default
But not everyone’s happy including the president.
Default looms as US politicians fail to reach deal
Obama calls for common ground as Republicans and Democrats again fail to reach an 11th hour deal on the US debt ceiling.
# Shutdown
Stalled US budget talks virtually stagnant
The standoff on US debt continues between Barrack Obama’s Democratic party, and the majority seat holders in Congress, the Republican party.
# Don't Ask Don't Tell
US lawmakers attempt to block openly gay military service
Amendments to a defence bill aim to maintain the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy, which bans openly gay military service. The recognition of same-sex unions in the military is also under attack.
# Seanad
Seanad expected to see out term despite referendum
Holding a referendum on the issue of abolishing the Seanad is a lengthy process, says government spokesperson.
# Ivor The Terrible
'Pure gombeenism'
More calls for Ivor Callely to resign.
# Politics
85 TDs, senators miss committee meetings since recess
But who missed the most?