Republicans renege on business pact

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The list of anti-corporate stances by the party is remarkably long

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Loss of trust: Obama’s Germany syndrome

When the president makes a promise, people are no longer inclined to take him at his word

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A leader to heal transatlantic tensions

It is little use knowing which number to call if the recipient keeps hanging up

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The era of US drone supremacy is fading

America would not tolerate another country operating with the same scope and secrecy

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America’s neocons jolted back to life

Today’s world, with all its seeming chaos, is fertile ground for Bush-era conservatives

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Obama’s White House legacy: to be avoided

The power to change things wanes, yet the ability to take the blame knows no limit

‘Hard Choices’, by Hillary Clinton

The FT’s chief US commentator reviews a memoir that reads as a precursor to a presidential campaign

The war of Clinton-Bush dynasties

Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are by far their party’s most qualified candidates

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Middle class frozen out of US recovery

When most of the gains of growth are going to a small slice at the top, little of the money is spent

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Modi’s existential challenge to Obama

If the US president is to retrieve the geopolitical initiative, he must win over India’s leader

US bet on gas throws caution to the wind

However cushioned the American energy basket might look, it is unwise to put all your eggs in it

Hedge fund titans are testing US democracy

If branches of government bow to big business, public policy will be decided by the highest bidder

Uncertainty is replacing US power

America is behaving like a declining hegemon: unwilling to share power yet unable to impose

Modi is both India’s Jekyll and Hyde

There are two sides to the BJP leader’s character and the dark side is very dark

America’s compulsive urge to regulate

With its spider’s web of local and federal rules, the US is swinging back to intrusion

How Obama lost influence with Brics

The president’s real pivot is not to Asia but to America, inspired by domestic sentiment

The master of cold war diplomacy

Appreciations of Kissinger’s great rival laud the veteran’s visceral understanding of enduring Russian nationalism

The US cable barons must be challenged

No one in Washington seems to have the will to stop industry moguls from tightening their grip on the internet

Obama’s attention deficit diplomacy

Shared universal ideals have been supplanted by hard-nosed realism, but at a cost

America’s democracy is fit for the 1%

Both US parties are up for rent, and patriots of all stripes should be troubled


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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