Bradlee’s tribute to journalism’s purpose

Reporting is about stories as well as numbers, and it is exciting and important

Matt Kenyon
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Jimmy Carter flashback – US midterms malaise

Leaders do not lead. Institutions repeatedly fail and no one seems to be held accountable

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The riddle of black America’s rising woes under Obama

Those who have fared worst under this president are the ones who love him the most

Blinded EU can learn from one-eyed US

If you listen to German officials, their philosophy is hard to distinguish from Tea Party Republicans

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Obama’s Faustian pact with the Saudis

By suffocating freedom, Saudi Arabia multiplies the supply of recruits for groups such as Isis

Modi orbits Washington (via Mars)

India’s power is growing as America’s declines

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The short-sighted US buyback boom

Unless the roots of the problem are fixed, boardrooms will keep on draining their treasuries

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America’s perpetual war on terror by any other name

If you embark on something with your eyes half-open, you are likely to lose sight of reality

Tartan America: on the march

Across the US, Scottish-Americans are rediscovering their roots and celebrating their heritage. So how would they vote in next week’s referendum?

Heads or tails Obama
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Heads Obama loses, tails his rivals win

The less visible the president is, the better are his party’s odds of retaining control of the Senate

Hippocratic oath enfeebles Obama

It makes little sense to telegraph reluctance to put US boots on the ground to America’s foes

GOP must regain foreign policy realism

Instinctive militarism is now the Republican way, force is the answer no matter what the question

Obama needs to play the honest broker in the Mideast

The rote quality of America’s role masks changes taking place on the president’s watch

Republicans renege on business pact

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

Loss of trust: Obama’s Germany syndrome

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

A leader to heal transatlantic tensions

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

The era of US drone supremacy is fading

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

America’s neocons jolted back to life

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

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

A diplomatic memoir sets out Hillary Clinton’s case for the presidency


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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