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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. The World

      December 18, 2014

      Cuba and US trade: Two-minute guide to what next

      The move by US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, to announce the tentative resumption of...

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    1. 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...

    2. December 18, 2014

      Investors eye gains from US-Cuba detente

      Cargill, the private US commodities trader, was among the first to welcome the announced easing of US trade restrictions on...

    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 17, 2014

      Jeb Bush’s web of interests face scrutiny as he ‘explores’ presidential bid

      When Jeb Bush announced on Tuesday that he would “actively explore” a 2016 presidential bid, he jumped to the front of a...

    6. December 17, 2014

      Jeb Bush boldly semi-declares ambition

      Among split infinitives, “to actively explore” must surely rival Star Trek’s “to boldly go”. Though the latest in a long...

    7. December 16, 2014

      Jeb Bush tests choppy Republican waters

      As Jeb Bush appeared to edge closer to a presidential run in recent months, pundits have salivated over the prospect of a...

    8. December 16, 2014

      Four ways Jeb Bush differs

      Jeb Bush has staked out sharply divergent positions from the Republican party’s conservative base on at least four key...

    9. December 16, 2014

      Jeb Bush exploring 2016 US presidential bid

      Jeb Bush has formally declared his interest in running for the presidency in 2016, firing the starting gun on a race that...

    10. FT Alphaville

      December 16, 2014

      How cheaper oil changes the calculus for Keystone XL

      By James Benton With oil hovering around $57/barrel (for WTI) as of late Monday afternoon, now might be a good time for a...

    11. December 14, 2014

      Acrimony in passing US budget foreshadows problems ahead

      The US Senate ended the threat of a government shutdown by passing a $1.1tn spending package at the weekend, but only after...

    12. 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...

    13. December 14, 2014

      US Senate deal ends shutdown threat

      The US Senate ended the threat of a government shutdown and put funding on a more stable footing on Saturday by passing a...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. December 3, 2014

      US reassures world on climate goals

      The White House is reassuring the rest of the world that the US can meet the ambitious goals it agreed with China to curb...

    18. December 2, 2014

      US moves closer to averting government shutdown

      Republican lawmakers moved closer on Tuesday to proposing a hybrid spending package that would avert a shutdown of the US...

    19. December 2, 2014

      Clock ticks over US spending bill as immigration tensions simmer

      Congress has fewer than 10 days to pass some sort of spending bill to avert a shutdown of the US federal government. In the...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. November 23, 2014

      Washington’s two foreign policies

      By tradition Capitol Hill often plays bad cop to the White House’s good cop on the world stage. Congress threatens something...

    25. November 22, 2014

      Report undercuts Benghazi attack claims

      A Republican-controlled congressional committee said on Friday that Obama administration officials did not deliberately...

    26. November 21, 2014

      Obama warns against clash on immigration

      President Barack Obama warned Republicans against letting conflict over his action on immigration become a “deal breaker” on...

    27. November 21, 2014

      Republican aspirants’ immigration outrage

      President Barack Obama’s planned reform of immigration rules has reignited an issue likely to roil the 2016 presidential...

    28. November 21, 2014

      Obama hits Las Vegas to drum up support for immigration overhaul

      Less than five miles from Del Sol High School in Las Vegas lie the bright lights of “The Strip”, the Sin City gambling mecca...

    29. 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...

    30. November 20, 2014

      Obama to shield 5m from deportation risk

      President Barack Obama has unveiled the biggest changes to the US immigration system in decades, removing the threat of...

    31. November 20, 2014

      Timeline: US immigration showdown

      President Barack Obama is set to unveil an overhaul of the US immigration system, setting up a showdown with Republicans...

    32. November 20, 2014

      Obama set to bring more than 4m unauthorised workers out of shadows

      President Barack Obama will shake up the labour market by taking the most sweeping executive action on immigration in modern...

    33. November 20, 2014

      Obama set for US immigration showdown

      When President Barack Obama confirmed he would push ahead with long-awaited plans to overhaul the US immigration system, he...

    34. 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...

    35. November 19, 2014

      Obama to unveil immigration overhaul

      President Barack Obama will unveil an overhaul of the US immigration system in a televised address to the nation on...

    36. November 19, 2014

      US Republicans face NSA dilemma

      Republican senators have blocked a bill to overhaul the National Security Agency that was supported by the White House, but...

    37. November 19, 2014

      Keystone pipeline vote fails in US Senate

      A cross-party push for the $7bn Keystone XL oil pipeline failed on Tuesday as lawmakers seeking to press President Barack...

    38. 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...

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