US gridlock’s rising global price tag

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America’s ability to manage the chaos in the Middle East is the biggest casualty of logjam

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Obama’s gamble on the future of Iran

At stake is the idea that talking to your worst enemies makes sense

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Hillary Clinton’s gathering storm

Once again she is the ‘inevitable nominee’, with the inflated expectations that brings

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Jesus García cannot save Chicago

Mayoral hopeful offers no fix for city’s fiscal ills

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Yellen’s problem with felons

Some 13m Americans with a criminal record weigh on unemployment rate

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London’s role in the Republican race

The UK capital-as-prop highlights the dearth of thinking on both sides of the Atlantic

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The jesters shaping American politics

With public life at a low ebb, sarcasm is having a field day

What Obama can learn from Bush
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The perils of a strong US dollar

The bad news is the US recovery is based on the familiar model of rising consumption

Obama’s savvy bet on India’s rise

US adjustment to multipolar world will be shaped by whether it gets along with New Delhi

A lame duck president in a strutting pose

Real message of speech is the push for another Clinton presidency

Joe Sixpack, jihadis and the 2016 race

Main Street’s stagnation and terrorism are the issues on which the next election is unfolding

US finds common cause with France

Effective handling of the attack on Charlie Hebdo has invoked something in America’s DNA

US should enjoy sunshine while it lasts

In 2015 Europe will still be waiting for Godot while America copes with return to normality

Is the west clinically depressed?

The less we grow, the more we squabble over budgets

Jeb Bush boldly semi-declares ambition

Strong points in a general election might prove fatal in a primary

Too big to resist: Wall Street’s comeback

There will be another crisis. No law can stop it, no regulator can foresee it

Bold and sold: Obama spoils diplomacy

Washington should keep its friendships in good repair

Pentagon pick will lack autonomy he needs

Ashton Carter is a stellar choice but he is likely to be undermined by White House micromanagement

Clinton’s rickety bridge to the White House

Voters lack a compelling reason to embrace Democrats, as opposed to simply rejecting Republicans

Washington’s two foreign policies

The question is whether Iran will have enough trust in Obama’s ability to co-opt Congress


Edward Luce Edward Luce is the Washington columnist and commentator for the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column, FT's leaders/editorials on American politics and the economy and other articles.

Ed has worked for the FT since 1995 as Philippines correspondent, capital markets editor, South Asia bureau chief in New Delhi and Washington bureau chief between 2006 and 2011. In 2000 Ed was the chief speechwriter for Lawrence H. Summers, the US Treasury secretary. His first book, In Spite of the Gods, The Strange Rise of Modern India remains a high seller.

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