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  1. October 15, 2012

    Former US Senator Arlen Specter dies at 82

    Arlen Specter, the former senator for Pennsylvania whose political career came to symbolise the shrinking space for...

  2. February 24, 2012

    The new battle for the old soul of the Republican party

    In a debate on Wednesday, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney bested former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, who...

  1. June 9, 2011

    Western hopes for Assad dashed

    In the international debate on Syria, France has stood out, dispensing with the political ambiguity of partners and telling...

  2. October 26, 2010

    Democrats fight to close ‘enthusiasm gap’

    Barack Obama in 2008 was the biggest mistake of his life. “I don’t like the tax hikes or the new healthcare plan. The...

  3. May 20, 2010

    Main parties receive wake-up call from insurgent candidates

    Democrats and Republicans were poring over primary results in four states yesterday for clues of voter sentiment ahead of...

  4. May 20, 2010

    Democrats delay reform legislation

    Democrats in the Senate yesterday failed to amass enough votes from their own party to overcome the last big hurdle to...

  5. May 19, 2010

    Mid-term hopes rise for Democrats

    With Barack Obama’s approval ratings stuck below 50 per cent, and Congress held in low regard even by its usual dismal...

  6. May 19, 2010

    US parties receive wake-up call from insurgents

    Democrats and Republicans were on Wednesday poring over primary results in four states for clues of voter sentiment ahead of...

  7. May 19, 2010

    Democrats delay US reform legislation

    Democrats in the Senate on Wednesday failed to amass enough votes from their own party to overcome the last big hurdle to...

  8. May 19, 2010

    Incumbents suffer in US primary races

    Voters sent a wake-up call to the political establishments of both the Republican and Democratic parties on Tuesday night,...

  9. May 18, 2010

    Challenges from the left

    Blanche Lincoln is not the only Democrat facing a challenge from the left today - Arlen Specter faces an uphill battle in...

  10. May 17, 2010

    Specter in uphill battle in Pennsylvania

    Blanche Lincoln is not the only Democrat facing a challenge from the left on Tuesday – Arlen Specter faces an uphill battle...

  11. May 7, 2010

    Sophisticated investor debate takes on a new dimension

    This year I wrote a column that argued it was time to start a debate about the definition of "sophisticated" investor. That...

  12. May 6, 2010

    Gillian Tett: ‘Sophistication’ debate heats up

    This year I wrote a column that argued it was time to start a debate about the definition of “sophisticated” investor. That...

  13. February 4, 2010

    Beijing feels the heat of mounting US anger

    US political heat on China intensified yesterday after Barack Obama, president, raised the issue of a weak Chinese currency...

  14. February 4, 2010

    Beijing feels the heat of mounting US anger

    US political heat on China intensified yesterday after Barack Obama, president, raised the issue of a weak Chinese currency...

  15. August 15, 2009

    Tempers fray as middle America finds its voice

    Half way through his fourth healthcare "town hall" meeting this week, Arlen Specter, the Democratic senator from...

  16. August 14, 2009

    Tempers fray as middle America finds its voice

    Half way through his fourth healthcare “town hall” meeting this week, Arlen Specter, the Democratic senator from...

  17. August 13, 2009

    Obama on drive to tackle healthcare rage

    Barack Obama takes to the road again tomorrow to try to push back against the "scare tactics" of those opposing his...

  18. August 12, 2009

    Obama on drive to tackle healthcare rage

    Opposition to the president’s reforms has led to high-octane protests and approval ratings that have fallen to as low as 50...

  19. July 1, 2009

    Franken win boosts Obama

    Barack Obama yesterday received a boost when the Minnesota supreme court declared Al Franken the winner of November's...

  20. July 1, 2009

    Obama boosted by Franken triumph

    Barack Obama received a boost when the Minnesota supreme court yesterday declared Al Franken, the former Saturday Night...

  21. June 30, 2009

    Franken victory gives Obama boost in Senate

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday received a widely-anticipated shot in the arm when the Minnesota Supreme Court declared Al...

  22. FT Alphaville

    May 4, 2009

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Monday’s FT, Arena blog: Crowdsourced FT comment on the case for higher taxes As...

  23. May 4, 2009

    Republicans all at sea as party sinks

    How much trouble is the Republican party in? Plenty. Compounding its recent miseries, too numerous to mention, Arlen...

  24. May 3, 2009

    Republicans all at sea as party sinks

    How much trouble is the Republican party in? Plenty. Compounding its recent miseries, too numerous to mention, Arlen...

  25. May 2, 2009

    Search begins to fill judge's place

    Barack Obama vowed to consult "across the political spectrum" as he began a search yesterday for his first Supreme Court...

  26. May 2, 2009

    Search begins for Supreme Court judge to replace Souter

    President Barack Obama yesterday launched the search for his first Supreme Court choice yesterday after announcing that...

  27. May 2, 2009

    Search begins to leave first imprint on Supreme Court

    Barack Obama launched a search for his first Supreme Court pick yesterday after Justice David Souter made it known that he...

  28. May 2, 2009

    Out in the cold

    Five days after President George W. Bush won re-election in 2004, his political guru, Karl Rove, was asked whether he had...

  29. May 1, 2009

    US Supreme Court Justice Souter to retire

    Barack Obama vowed to consult “across the political spectrum” as he began a search on Friday for his first Supreme Court...

  30. April 30, 2009

    Obama hopeful for Chrysler survival

    Barack Obama said on Wednesday night that he was increasingly confident that Chrysler would survive as a viable company and...

  31. April 30, 2009

    Congress approves $3,400bn budget

    Congress on Wednesday passed a $3,400bn budget resolution that laid the foundation for healthcare reform and a series of...

  32. April 30, 2009

    Party faithful round on Specter as 'a fish out of water'

    Conservative Republicans yesterday insisted the party was better off without Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania senator who...

  33. April 29, 2009

    Specter defection more symbolic than substantial

    If Michael Steele, the Republican party’s national chairman, is to be believed, then the defection of Arlen Specter, the...

  34. April 29, 2009

    Boost for Obama as Specter defects

    Barack Obama was presented with a timely 99th-day political windfall yesterday when Republican lawmaker Arlen Specter...

  35. April 29, 2009

    Republican lawmaker defects to Democrats

    President Barack Obama yesterday received a huge boost to his political fortunes when a Republican lawmaker switched...

  36. April 29, 2009

    Boost for Obama as senator switches parties

    Barack Obama was presented with a timely 99th-day political windfall yesterday when Republican lawmaker Arlen Specter...

  37. April 28, 2009

    Defection is cruel blow as party struggles

    Arlen Specter first registered as a Republican in 1965, just ahead of the realignment in US politics that would help the...

  38. April 28, 2009

    Statement: Arlen Specter

    Statement by Senator Arlen Specter April 28, 2009 I have been a Republican since 1966. I have been working extremely hard...

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