US President Barack Obama's bargaining hand may have been strengthened by the thrashing Republicans took in polls over their handling of the shutdown.
Barack Obama and his predecessor George W Bush have met in Tanzania to commemorate the victims of the 1998 al-Qaeda bombing of the US embassy.
US President Obama's State of the Union speech challenged a divided Congress to back his plans to create middle-class jobs and focused on gun laws.
Fresh from the legislative fight to prevent a "fiscal cliff", President Barack Obama has warned that the US could not afford further budget showdowns.
The White House and Senate leaders have struck a bipartisan deal to try and avoid a "fiscal cliff" budget crisis.
Barack Obama told a crowd of about 9 000 in the battleground state of Virginia that Romney was backtracking on his conservative-leaning promises.
US President Barack Obama has asked Americans for patience in rebuilding the weak economy, as he appealed for a new term in office.
Barack Obama called his endorsement of same-sex marriage a "logical extension" of his vision for the US during a fundraiser at George Clooney's home.
When President Barack Obama criticised Mitt Romney by name this week, he worded his attack carefully and with bite.
Barack Obama's re-election campaign and Democratic allies have raised more than $68-million in the last three months, surpassing the Republicans.