Embattled Obama faces two fraught years

But the Republican Congress victory doesn’t mean the majority of Americans like or approve of them, writes Niall Stanage in Washington DC.

23rd December, 2014
Embattled Obama faces two fraught years

US president Barack Obama, who was elected amid such hope and fervour six years ago, will probably spend the last two years of his White House tenure on the defensive.

That is the only realistic conclusion to be drawn after a week in which Obama’s colleagues in the Democratic Party suffered a crushing defeat in the midterm elections.

The president’s Republican opponents already held the majority in the House of Representatives; they have...

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