The fight of Hillary’s life

If she opts for politics as usual against the headline-grabbing Trump, prepare for a tense election

Ailes was GOP’s wizard behind the curtain

Fox News creator fuelled success of many Republican politicians

Matt Kenyon

Trump and the west’s flight from dignity

The most troubling aspect of his rise is how he is licensing society’s darkest instincts

Residents of the Brookside Trailer Park in Sonoma, California, two of the subjects of photographer David Waldorf’s 2015 project ‘Life Inside a Trailer Park’
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America’s white backlash

Poor whites have long been derided and disenfranchised in their own country — as have their black counterparts. So why can’t they find common ground?

Matt Kenyon illustration
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Dallas’s threat to the 2016 race

The vote for president takes place against the most divided society in a generation

A gift from the UK for US conservatives

Clinton represents the status quo and business as usual, just as the Remainers did in Britain

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Going to war with America’s gun lobby

The fact is that almost anyone can walk into a US gun store and buy a killing machine

Matt Kenyon

America’s fears of splendid isolation

There are strong parallels between those backing Leave and Donald Trump’s supporters

Trump and Clinton illustration
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Trump v Clinton – the nastiest fight

The contest is already between ‘Crooked Hillary’ and ‘The Fraud’ yet peak ugliness is a way off

US productivity

The mystery of weak US productivity

Economic output is the ultimate test of our ability to create wealth

The boy who escaped Trump country

‘The Donald’ received his highest share of the vote in Buchanan County, a place of shuttered mines and collapsing property prices. Edward Luce meets some of Trump’s most passionate supporters — and a 22-year-old swimming against the tide

Clinton and the ghost of Nader

The idea of an independent Sanders revives hanging chad memories

Another brick in Trump’s wall

Expectations of a Republican split were always flattering to the party establishment

The end of American meritocracy

Ignored by both Democrats and Republicans, blue-collar whites have fallen into depression

Trump’s war with best and brightest

His confused foreign policy still offers a legitimate contrast to Clinton’s

The coming US Hispanic backlash

The Republicans will pay for Donald Trump’s anti-Mexico rhetoric

The missing theme for Clinton

Comparisons with George HW Bush are apt but governing credentials do not help you win

Cleveland and the ghosts of Chicago 1968

The Trump and Cruz face-off could lead to a surprise nomination if both fail to reach a majority

Trump still just about on course

What happens in Wisconsin is likely to stay in Wisconsin

The self-induced twilight of the west

Obama’s presidency has overseen a waning of US interest in Europe


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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