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    1. December 26, 2014

      Obama hopes for change in Cuban Florida

      The battle for Cuba-American hearts and minds President Barack Obama’s move to normalise US-Cuba relations has the potential...

    2. December 21, 2014

      Ticket to the White House set to cost at least $1bn

      It is set to be one of the toughest US presidential races and certainly its most expensive. With 687 days to go to election...

    Special Reports

    1. The Future of Nafta

      Nafta, the pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico, signed 20 years ago, set...
    2. The President's New Challenge 2013

      Barack Obama has a hostile environment to negotiate as he tries to secure a legacy bey...
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    1. December 19, 2014

      What does Elizabeth Warren want?

      More than five years after the financial crisis ended, a band of progressive activists gathered outside Citigroup’s New York...

    2. December 18, 2014

      The tantalising prospect of a Bush-Clinton race

      It is early days. But Jeb Bush’s decision to “actively explore” a presidential run bodes well for the 2016 election. Some...

    3. The World

      December 18, 2014

      Obama - when a lame duck quacks

      When the Republicans took control of both houses of Congress last month, the conventional wisdom was that the final two...

    4. December 17, 2014

      US-Cuba script written in Papal Library

      When Barack Obama met Pope Francis at the Vatican in March, they exchanged pleasantries for the photographers and swapped...

    5. December 14, 2014

      ‘The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind’, by Jason Weeden and Robert Kurzban

      In What’s The Matter With Kansas? , Thomas Frank found the ghost of Friedrich Engels haunting the Great Plains. The author...

    6. December 13, 2014

      $1.1tn budget bill delayed in US Senate

      The US government continued to live off stopgap funding on Saturday as conservative opposition slowed the progress of a...

    7. December 12, 2014

      US spending dispute reflects Wall Street’s ability to divide

      Wall Street’s still-toxic political reputation nearly derailed a $1tn spending bill that both the Democratic and Republican...

    8. December 12, 2014

      US lawmakers in narrow $1tn spending deal

      The House of Representatives narrowly passed a $1tn spending package late on Thursday, capping a day of high drama on...

    9. December 10, 2014

      Grouse is sacrificed for US budget peace

      US lawmakers adorned a $1tn spending package known as a “Christmas tree” with legislative decorations that were bad for...

    10. November 30, 2014

      Hillary Clinton’s rickety bridge to the White House

      The grand view of American politics is that Republicans have a lock on Congress, while Democrats have an inbuilt White House...

    11. November 28, 2014

      What investors should make of the US midterms

      Forget what you’ve read about the US midterm election. It wasn’t what people say. Understanding why not can be important to...

    12. November 26, 2014

      US Congress considers host of tax breaks

      The US Congress is pondering a tax package that would permanently extend a host of popular tax breaks and, critics say, make...

    13. November 25, 2014

      Republicans push for new Iran sanctions

      The latest extension to nuclear negotiations with Iran could set up a high-stakes confrontation between the new...

    14. November 24, 2014

      Hagel resigns in US security shake-up

      Chuck Hagel became the first political casualty of the crises that have beset US foreign policy this year when President...

    15. November 23, 2014

      Immigration reforms fail to satisfy Silicon Valley

      The White House is projecting that most of the economic benefits from its immigration reform will come from highly-skilled...

    16. November 21, 2014

      Yes I can, says Obama

      It is fitting President Obama’s first trip will be to Las Vegas after his Thursday night broadcast. The city is for gamblers...

    17. November 19, 2014

      Immigration Timeline: pathway to showdown

      1965: The US adopts the Immigration and Nationality Act, also known as the Hart-Celler Act, abolishing an earlier quota...

    18. November 18, 2014

      Why Obama is testing the frontiers of executive power

      With a clear majority in both houses, Republicans face a difficult choice about whether to compromise with President Barack...

    19. November 14, 2014

      Clashes loom as Obama pursues his legacy

      Barack Obama has set the stage for a new period of political confrontation in the US, rapidly moving to sharpen his...

    20. November 13, 2014

      Republicans plan energy policy revolution

      The Republican party will seek to remove what it claims are shackles on America’s energy revolution just as low oil prices...

    21. November 11, 2014

      Unvanquished Republican neocons surge back

      F or almost a decade, the neoconservatives who championed the 2003 invasion of Iraq have been widely regarded as a spent...

    22. FT Alphaville

      November 11, 2014

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Tuesday, - Getting the Germany argument right. - “In sum, it is highly likely that the Saudis are not crazy,...

    23. November 10, 2014

      Republicans signal demise of internet sales tax bill

      Bricks-and-mortar retailers have become the first US business group to be disappointed by Republicans since their midterm...

    24. November 9, 2014

      Obama vows to press ahead with immigration reform

      Immigration reform is developing into the first big clash between the White House and Republicans since a crushing electoral...

    25. November 9, 2014

      Republican rule could hold well past 2016

      After elections, politicians always profess to have heard the message sent by voters. In the wake of the Democrats’ big...

    26. November 8, 2014

      Obama picks low-profile Attorney-General

      President Barack Obama has nominated Loretta Lynch, a career prosecutor, as the next US Attorney-General to replace Eric...

    27. November 7, 2014

      Barack Obama pressed to include currency in Pacific trade deal

      The Obama administration faces pressure to include currency provisions in a new Pacific Rim trade pact, with Republicans and...

    28. November 7, 2014

      Green money loses billionaires’ battle in US elections

      The first big-money drive to inject climate change into US elections fell flat this week as a green-minded billionaire’s...

    29. November 6, 2014

      Midterm rational exuberance is not just for US Republicans

      The Republicans are feeling exuberant. But before they become too carried away about their victories in the US midterm...

    30. November 5, 2014

      Democrats fail to get out the vote

      Democratic efforts to persuade young people to vote in the 2014 midterm elections largely failed, leaving Americans aged 65...

    31. November 5, 2014

      Republicans to pressure Obama on pro-business reforms

      US midterm elections 2014 The newly elected Republican Congress will press US President Barack Obama to enact a sweeping...

    32. November 5, 2014

      Obama faces a serious test of his own relevancy

      Defining an electoral wave is about semantics. But the results do not lie. On Tuesday night Republicans took control of the...

    33. November 5, 2014

      Angry losers blame unpopular Obama

      US midterm elections 2014 The sweeping conservative victory in Tuesday’s elections delivered a severe rebuff to Barack...

    34. FT Photo Diary

      November 5, 2014

      Capitol support

      Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg Scaffolding surrounds the U.S. Capitol Building while it undergoes repairs in Washington, D.C.,...

    35. The World

      November 5, 2014

      The US elections - entertaining, but irrelevant

      American elections – even midterm elections – always offer great entertainment: eccentric candidates, whooping crowds,...

    36. November 5, 2014

      US voters back minimum wage rise

      Americans voted to raise the minimum wage and legalise marijuana in ballot initiatives in several states, advancing liberal...

    37. November 5, 2014

      Bell tolls for Obama ahead of 2016

      Make no mistake – the US electorate repudiated President Barack Obama on Tuesday. He will spend his final two years in...

    38. November 5, 2014

      Recriminations fly over Democrat defeat

      US midterm elections 2014 Recriminations immediately broke out among Democrats after Republicans recorded sweeping victories...

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