Tycoon who tried to corner silver dies

Texan oil man went from boom to bust after venture into precious metal

Fear and loathing in the land of the free

The GOP may be the ugly party but the one whose symbol is, appropriately, a donkey is mulish

The Nats are gone but the spell lingers

There was a tingle of expectation in a city otherwise known for political paralysis

It’s not for sport to judge off-pitch sins

Sporting icons fall victim to changing habits

The familiar in sport is fading as broadcasters drop coverage of old favourites such as the US Open tennis

US talk of impeachment goes on and on

In retrospect, the 1970s were a time when political civility and accountability were taken seriously

Ex-US senator Howard Baker dies aged 88

Moderate Republican was a master of political manoeuvring

Dynastic descendant who opted for medicine

Richard Rockefeller, medical doctor and philanthropist, 1949-2014

Eric Cantor’s defeat is a shaft of light

The House majority leader’s defeat disproves the hypothesis that money is all there is

Colbert’s late-night laughs

My question is whether television’s gain is going to be satire’s loss

The racial clouds that hang over DC

Recent events serve as a reminder that the bad old days in Washington’s civic politics stick around

Random acts of shopper boycott

Exercising my right to prejudice makes little difference to the businesses I choose to avoid

An atypical outbreak of sense in DC

On the big enchilada, immigration reform, there seems on both sides to be a chance of co-operation

A political jam for Christie’s Republicans

Before bridge-gate, the New Jersey governor could have made the next presidential election more interesting

The poverty of US political journalism

It pains me to say the trade has not been in such a grievous state since Watergate

Jacob Matlala, boxer and campaigner

Fighter who beat size with science to wow Mandela

A sceptic on drones and digital shopping

Amazon’s aerial vehicles may even have door keys, so you don’t have to pick up a wet box from outside

Kennedy’s death and the politics of hate

JFK’s assassination 50 years ago proved memorable for a young teacher in two ways

Dark days for American football

Scandals show an insular culture struggling to adjust to changing times

US business must stand up to Tea Party

Big Money needs to decide on bringing the Republicans further back from Cruzomania

ABOUT JUREK

Jurek Martin Jurek Martin has been with the FT since 1966 and has spent 33 years of those years reporting on and commenting about the US. His column is written mostly with Americans in mind, not only about its policies but also about the highways, byways and people.

He was far east editor, based in Tokyo, from 1982-86, followed by six years as the newspaper’s Foreign Editor, based in London. He then moved back to full time writing in Washington. He was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to journalism in 1997.

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