Clinton’s big, complicated world

Hillary

The crucial element for her lies in reminding voters that level-headedness is a virtue

Trump’s big gamble on South Carolina

At times it was hard to distinguish his debate remarks from Bernie Sanders

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Chasing the dragon in New Hampshire

The tiny state has put America’s heroin epidemic on the political front burner

Clinton and Sanders trade barbs not abuse

Democrats’ debate tone contrasts favourably with that of unruly GOP

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Trump’s middle-finger appeal

A victory for The Donald would be a loud distress signal, but would government grind to a halt?

A history of betrayal that leads to Trump

In Eisenhower’s day the GOP still had roots in New England

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What Bloomberg’s entry would do for Trump

Former NY mayor’s candidacy could split the vote and give Trump the White House

Debate stance signals Clinton confidence

Demeanour relaxed amid favourable polling and benign opponent

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America’s moment of truth on Trump

Its dynamic demography promises that as the population grows so will its economy

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America’s election year terror risk

What if the vote were upended by a Paris-style attack?

Obama’s high stakes final year

President too often comes across as a bystander, he should project a stronger US on world stage

America’s clash of civilisations

Debate over defeating Islamist terrorism is at least as much about beating political enemies at home

Trump is not America but he could be

Dear Barack, someone needs to reassure the middle class of America — me. Yours, Joe Biden

Barack Obama’s Achilles heel on terrorism

His air of detachment has fed the perception that he is indecisive — or worse, reactive over Isis

Obama’s Achilles heel on terrorism

His air of detachment has fed the perception that he is indecisive — or worse, reactive over Isis

What Zuckerberg can learn from Buffett

The Silicon Valley prodigy should amend pledge and announce he will pay normal taxes on wealth

The rise of liberal intolerance in the US

There is no doubt that racial prejudice is alive and well but quashing free speech is no answer

America’s inconvenient SUV boom

Gas-guzzling models are back in vogue in the US, so why should poorer nations cut emissions?

The Paris jolt to America 2016

Opinion is jittery on national security issues. Democrats have not found a way to address it

Republican debate shows Jeb won’t fix it

A policy-heavy night when Carson and Trump were oddly muted may prove a tipping point

ABOUT EDWARD

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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