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    Ryan calls for US social safety net reform

    Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee for US vice-president in 2012, shifted away from budget warfare to a centre-right vision...

  2. July 22, 2014

    The errors of conservatives obscure the case for trade

    Twenty years after Bill Clinton, former US president, signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, its very name chills...

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  1. July 22, 2014

    Republicans reach out to voters via Silicon Valley

    Michael Mayernick and his team have spent 24 hours hunkered down with pizza and energy drinks. The result is an app that...

  2. July 21, 2014

    Wall St money backs Senate Republicans

    Wall Street donors are concentrating their firepower on backing conservative candidates to flip control in the US Senate to...

  3. July 20, 2014

    US jobs: Slim pickings

    Last year, Monique Moshier, the owner of the Happy Cook, a small, upscale cookware and cutlery shop in the rolling hills of...

  4. July 16, 2014

    Jack Lew pushes US Congress to crack down on tax inversions

    Jack Lew, US Treasury secretary, has urged Congress to crack down on merger deals in which companies seek to redomicile...

  5. July 15, 2014

    Pension tension in the city of brotherly love - part two

    UIL agreed a straightforward deal to acquire a power company. Then the politicians got involved. The politics When the UIL...

  6. July 1, 2014

    Roads funding to be cut if no budget fix

    The Obama administration will start cutting road funding next month if Congress does not replenish an infrastructure fund,...

  7. June 25, 2014

    Republicans fight a civil war over export credit

    What is ExIm and what is all the fuss about? The Export-Import Bank of the United States. It was created by Franklin D....

  8. June 24, 2014

    Neocons alone in arguing for war as Clinton waits in wings

    Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Paul Wolfowitz, a prominent Pentagon official, quietly called the longtime left-of-centre...

  9. June 20, 2014

    Tea Party eyes next scalp in Mississippi

    Mississippi rebellion One hundred and fifty fired-up Mississippi conservatives had recited the pledge of allegiance, given a...

  10. June 20, 2014

    Dynastic descendant who opted for medicine

    It cannot have been easy to be born with so distinctive a surname and proceed to live a rather ordinary life as a doctor in...

  11. June 13, 2014

    Washington debate over Iraq crisis could define next election

    Hillary Clinton’s new book on her time as US secretary of state is organised by geography: there are chapters on China,...

  12. June 12, 2014

    Goodluck Jonathan faces challenge from anti-corruption ex-general

    Muhammadu Buhari, who could emerge as the main challenger to Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan at next year’s elections,...

  13. June 11, 2014

    Lew calls for reforms amid gridlock

    The paralysis of Washington economic policy was palpable on Wednesday as US Treasury secretary Jack Lew set out an ambitious...

  14. June 10, 2014

    Clinton’s soft tread and ‘Hard Choices’

    Hillary Clinton is launching a book with the kind of coast-to-coast tour that has all the trappings of a presidential...

  15. June 9, 2014

    Hillary Clinton’s chance to make amends

    Hillary Clinton may not officially have made up her mind whether to run for the US presidency in 2016. Everyone else has...

  16. June 3, 2014

    Change in the weather for Obama legacy

    In America’s coal country – centred in Appalachia and stretches of the Mountain West – Barack Obama has come to represent...

  17. June 3, 2014

    Climate a toxic topic for Republicans

    US carbon emission rules Weeks before Barack Obama launched his administration’s most ambitious plan to cut carbon...

  18. June 2, 2014

    US climate change plan focuses on public health

    The Obama administration’s new plan to curb climate pollution “is not just about disappearing polar bears”, Gina McCarthy...

  19. May 30, 2014

    Head quits over military hospital scandal

    Eric Shinseki resigned as head of the military veterans affairs department on Friday following the revelation of...

  20. May 29, 2014

    US politics: Permanent campaigner

    Everything about the occasion reeked of the campaign trail, from the nervous organisers eyeballing attendees at the entrance...

  21. May 29, 2014

    Obama has to stop prevaricating on foreign policy

    Barack Obama’s long-anticipated speech on Wednesday at West Point, the US Military Academy, was designed to answer a growing...

  22. May 27, 2014

    Fate of Obama’s ‘fast track’ authority rests with the Oregon Democrat

    Hands laced behind his head, feet planted firmly on a corner office coffee table loaded with family pictures, Ron Wyden is...

  23. May 27, 2014

    Socialists back Jean-Claude Juncker for top EU job

    The EU’s centre-left Socialist group said on Tuesday that it would back Christian Democratic rival Jean-Claude Juncker’s...

  24. May 26, 2014

    Round-up: Euro election fallout

    Populist parties will make up at least 30 per cent of the new European Parliament after a storming performance at the polls...

  25. May 22, 2014

    US billionaire takes on climate sceptics

    Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer is throwing money into four pivotal US Senate races as he seeks to elevate climate change...

  26. May 22, 2014

    What happened to the idea of the Great Society?

    Fifty years ago, Lyndon Johnson unveiled his vision of the “Great Society”. This would be one in which no child would go...

  27. May 20, 2014

    US bill would thwart corporate tax moves

    A group of 14 Senate Democrats moved to thwart plans by US companies such as Pfizer to redomicile abroad through mergers to...

  28. May 19, 2014

    ‘Dark money’ floods in to US election

    Long used to opposing candidates bitterly facing off in elections, US voters are being offered a different choice for this...

  29. May 15, 2014

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac wind-down bill advances

    The Senate banking committee on Thursday approved a bill to eventually eliminate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the US mortgage...

  30. May 14, 2014

    US Senate rule changes lead to empty chairs

    Radical changes to Senate rules have failed to speed up confirmations to vital economic jobs. The nominations of Stanley...

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    May 13, 2014

    Danes pull 'sexist' Voteman video after online storm

    It could be entitled: how not to get people to vote. The Danish parliament on Tuesday pulled a controversial video replete...

  32. May 12, 2014

    US energy bill caught in Keystone crossfire

    Conflict in the US Congress over energy issues, including the Keystone XL oil pipeline and environmental regulation, has...

  33. May 9, 2014

    Mitt Romney backs Obama on minimum wage

    Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, backed President Barack Obama on what is arguably his top domestic...

  34. May 9, 2014

    No one trusts Washington on climate change

    The 841-page National Climate Assessment released by the US government this week has been described as “sobering”, but...

  35. May 9, 2014

    US politicians step up Pfizer scrutiny over deal for AstraZeneca

    Pfizer’s £63bn takeover approach for AstraZeneca was facing mounting political scrutiny on two fronts on Friday as senior US...

  36. May 8, 2014

    Obama’s legacy is a burning question

    The White House this week celebrated the US energy boom, highlighting how America had become the world’s largest natural gas...

  37. May 8, 2014

    Senator takes aim at tax inversion deals like Pfizer-AstraZeneca

    Two senior Democratic lawmakers said they would move to stamp out corporate tax “inversions” in the wake of Pfizer’s bid for...

  38. May 7, 2014

    Q&A: Thailand’s political battles far from settled

    With the advent of Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan, Thailand has got its sixth prime minister in as many years after Yingluck...

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