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  1. The World

    October 1, 2013

    US shutdown: a radical Republican triumph

    Ted Cruz (Getty) There is an old joke that the foreigners should be allowed to vote in US presidential elections because the...

  2. November 7, 2012

    Republicans need to think long and hard

    America has just spent dollars beyond the dreams of avarice on an election – and nothing has changed. Barack Obama, a...

  1. October 24, 2012

    ‘Rape’ remark affects Republican hopes

    A Senate seat that was looking safe for Republicans has been thrown in to jeopardy after Richard Mourdock, the party’s...

  2. September 19, 2012

    Democrats’ election prospects in Senate improve

    Just a few months ago, the chances of Democrats holding on to the Senate this November seemed slim. The party has to defend...

  3. May 22, 2012

    Tea Party channels energies to Texas

    Tea Party activists in Indiana pulled off a stunning coup earlier this month by bumping six-term incumbent senator Dick...

  4. The World

    May 21, 2012

    Argentina and the G20: In, out or shake it all about?

    Should Argentina, with its cavalier approach to economic policy, still have a place in the G20? The debate is starting to...

  5. May 21, 2012

    Gridlock is death for deliberation

    From Mr Michael Shank. Sir, Edward Luce is spot on regarding Capitol Hill appraisal of partisanship pulling punches on...

  6. May 11, 2012

    US Senate sees rise in partisanship

    After more than three decades in the Senate, Dick Lugar was not gracious when he lost his seat this week, saying his Tea...

  7. May 10, 2012

    Lugar’s demise

    Rarely has conventional wisdom crystallised as rapidly as it has in response to this week’s ousting of Richard Lugar, the...

  8. May 9, 2012

    Bastion of US bipartisanship ousted

    Centrism in US politics was dealt another blow with the resounding defeat of Dick Lugar, a six-term Republican senator from...

  9. May 9, 2012

    Tea Party activists warily back Romney

    Mitt Romney has spent most of this year trying to convince wary Republicans that he is sufficiently rightwing to be their...

  10. The World

    May 9, 2012

    The end of Richard Lugar and of an era

    The defeat of Senator Richard Lugar in a Republican Party primary in Indiana is a further depressing sign of the death of...

  11. May 7, 2012

    Gloves come off in brutal Indiana primary

    Convincing post-Soviet Russia to relinquish thousands of nuclear warheads probably looks easy compared to the challenge that...

  12. February 26, 2012

    Transparency rules

    In the past two years, the US Congress and the European Commission have acted boldly to clear up the murkiness in which...

  13. June 29, 2011

    Senators back Obama over Libya

    US senators have backed the Obama administration’s policy on Libya, endorsing a resolution that would authorise Washington’s...

  14. June 27, 2011

    US aims to turn Afghanistan into neutral zone

    Washington has given up its hopes of turning Afghanistan into the Switzerland of Central Asia – now it wants to make the...

  15. May 17, 2011

    Pakistan lodges ‘strong protest’ at Nato intrusion

    Pakistan’s army has lodged “a strong protest” with Nato forces in Afghanistan after two of the alliance’s helicopters...

  16. April 14, 2011

    Hooray! The Yanks are going home

    America’s GIs are waving goodbye. Good Europeans should cheer them on their way. More than two decades have passed since the...

  17. April 9, 2011

    Obama to recall US troops from Europe

    President Barack Obama has decided to reduce the US military’s permanent presence in Europe, in a move that goes some of the...

  18. March 24, 2011

    Boehner presses Obama for more clarity over Libya

    Republican lawmakers are turning up the heat on Barack Obama over the US engagement in Libya, demanding more clarity on how,...

  19. February 20, 2011

    Fears remain for US federal shutdown

    Senators from both leading parties expressed hope on Sunday that a budget deal could be reached by early March, but any...

  20. November 19, 2010

    Republicans enrolled to gain Start votes

    Barack Obama is trying to use Republicans to win around Republicans in one of the biggest foreign policy struggles of his...

  21. July 19, 2010

    US shines a light

    No laws are passed in the US Congress without the unseemly addition of unrelated scraps of legislation. But in the case of...

  22. June 23, 2010

    Act will not hurt US oil companies

    From Senator Richard G. Lugar. Sir, With reference to your report “Voluntary transparency scheme faces scrutiny” (June 17):...

  23. April 29, 2010

    Senators push for tighter border security

    Three top Democratic senators yesterday circulated an immigration reform plan calling for tighter border security and tough...

  24. April 29, 2010

    Senators push for tighter border security

    Three top Democratic senators on Wednesday circulated an immigration reform plan calling for tighter border security and...

  25. January 21, 2010

    Statement: Hillary Clinton on internet freedom

    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATERemarks by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Internet Freedom, January 21, 2010The...

  26. July 23, 2009

    Venezuela slams US report on drugs

    Venezuela has slammed a US Congress report released this week that criticises its efforts to combat drug trafficking,...

  27. June 25, 2009

    US Senate approves $1.5bn Pakistan aid bill

    The US Senate has unanimously approved a measure to triple civilian aid to Pakistan to $1.5bn a year, an initiative at the...

  28. February 10, 2009

    Obama takes his stimulus battle on the road

    Barack Obama yesterday took his bruising fight over the $800bn-plus stimulus package to the US public decrying the "endless...

  29. February 10, 2009

    Obama takes fight on stimulus to people

    Barack Obama yesterday took his bruising fight over the $800bn-plus stimulus package to the US public, decrying the...

  30. February 10, 2009

    Obama turns to the public in fight over stimulus plan

    Barack Obama yesterday took his bruising fight over the $800bn-plus stimulus package to the US public, decrying the...

  31. February 10, 2009

    Stimulus clears hurdle as Senate nears vote

    Barack Obama's $800bn-plus stimulus package cleared a key hurdle last night as senators voted to close off further debate...

  32. February 10, 2009

    Stimulus filibuster shut down in Senate

    Barack Obama’s $800bn-plus stimulus package cleared a key hurdle on Monday night as senators voted to close off further...

  33. January 9, 2009

    World awaits Clinton doctrine

    Hillary Clinton will break the Obama team’s near- silence on the fighting in Gaza next week when she sets out her thinking...

  34. December 1, 2008

    Obama faces plunge into fresh flare-up

    Barack Obama, US president-elect, is facing an unexpected India-Pakistan crisis as he prepares for office next month, as...

  35. October 28, 2008

    Obama fuels the name game for White House

    The day after Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama last week, the Democratic nominee said he would be happy to take on the...

  36. The World

    October 16, 2008

    The last Obama-McCain debate - hurrah!

    I thought even the candidates looked a little bored tonight. This was their third match-up – and it was as inconclusive as...

  37. October 2, 2008

    Senate passes India nuclear pact

    The US Senate passed the landmark civil nuclear agreement with India into law yesterday evening, capping years of efforts...

  38. October 2, 2008

    Washington set to back deal lifting nuclear block on Delhi

    The US Senate was poised yesterday to approve a landmark US-India nuclear deal that would signify a big foreign policy...

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