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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. November 5, 2014

      Republicans nominate trade as area of co-operation with Obama

      Senior Republicans have vowed to work with the Obama administration on trade in the wake of sweeping election victories for...

    3. November 2, 2014

      McConnell in pivotal fight for Senate prize

      Even in his 73rd year and on the verge of his sixth successive term in the Senate, Mitch McConnell leaves nothing to chance,...

    4. September 12, 2014

      The billionaires bending American politics to their will

      The billionaire Koch family members, outspoken on a host of Republican causes, have lately begun discussing something...

    5. June 23, 2014

      US infrastructure projects threatened by funding row

      The US Congress is struggling to reach a deal on funding for America’s highways and bridges, jeopardising thousands of...

    6. June 18, 2014

      Bush acolytes use Iraq crisis to defend their records

      The former inner circle of the George W Bush administration has taken to the airwaves and the news pages in recent days to...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. May 4, 2014

      Vulnerable Democrats back Republicans in pipeline push

      Democratic senators in vulnerable seats are joining forces with Republicans to back legislation to press President Barack...

    12. April 9, 2014

      Transatlantic trade deal draws public scepticism

      US and EU officials are struggling to gain public backing for the goals of a large transatlantic trade deal – with Americans...

    13. February 21, 2014

      Democrats enlist billionaires to give right a run for their money

      It was Al Gore who summed up the sentiment of the attendees at the A-List Democratic fundraiser in San Francisco on...

    14. February 17, 2014

      ‘Fast track’ is a slow route to a trade deal

      To some, the prospects for the proposed transatlantic and transpacific trade pacts appear to have dimmed. Harry Reid, who...

    15. February 12, 2014

      Congress approves law to suspend US debt limit

      The US Congress gave its final stamp of approval to legislation that suspends the country’s borrowing limit and removes the...

    16. February 5, 2014

      An atypical outbreak of sense in Washington

      A funny thing happened in Washington last week, so atypical of the times that it might – if only might – be the harbinger of...

    17. February 3, 2014

      Lew calls for urgent increase in US borrowing limit

      Jack Lew, US Treasury secretary, issued an urgent call for Congress to raise the borrowing limit this month, ratcheting up...

    18. February 2, 2014

      US trade deals remain on track, says Froman

      America’s top trade official has sought to reassure European and Asian negotiating partners that the White House can...

    19. February 2, 2014

      Obama’s trade agenda hangs on a thin Reid

      If you listened carefully last week you would have heard the soft voice of Harry Reid undoing Barack Obama’s “pivot to...

    20. January 30, 2014

      Rescuing America’s global trade agenda

      Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, has done the United States a disservice. By coming out this week against fast-track...

    21. January 30, 2014

      US Democratic trade divide will reverberate worldwide

      This is supposed to be a momentous year for trade liberalisation. But, just a month into 2014, the only thing swinging more...

    22. FT Alphaville

      January 29, 2014

      The Closer

      FURTHER FURTHER READING - Do high interest rates defend currencies against speculative attacks? - Are Harvard and Yale...

    23. January 29, 2014

      Top Democrat puts Obama trade deals in doubt

      President Barack Obama’s push to strike trade deals with the European Union and 11 Pacific Rim nations was put in jeopardy...

    24. January 5, 2014

      Democrats step up jobless benefits fight

      Senate Democrats on Sunday stepped up their fight to extend unemployment insurance benefits in a battle that could set the...

    25. December 19, 2013

      Yellen Fed appointment may hit snag

      Janet Yellen’s confirmation to be the next chairwoman of the Federal Reserve may hit a temporary snag on Friday if Democrats...

    26. December 8, 2013

      Fresh US sanctions threaten to derail Iran nuclear talks

      The Obama administration is facing a critical week in Congress as it tries to fend off new Iran sanctions legislation that...

    27. November 26, 2013

      Barack Obama faces tough test in fending off new Iran sanctions

      US President Barack Obama will face a decisive test of his influence over Senate Democrats when he tries to fend off...

    28. November 22, 2013

      Stakes raised for US congressional poll

      Perhaps only in Washington could upending an arcane rule in the Senate be compared to dropping a nuclear weapon. But...

    29. November 22, 2013

      Democrats take ‘nuclear option’ on filibusters

      Mitch McConnell, normally the most unflustered of individuals on Capitol Hill, seemed barely able to contain his fury as the...

    30. November 21, 2013

      Democrats overturn filibuster rule, increasing Obama’s power

      President Barack Obama will have vastly greater power to appoint nominees to cabinet posts and the judiciary after Senate...

    31. October 18, 2013

      US politics: They blinked

      It is a measure of the state of US politics that Barack Obama bonded instantly with the first foreign visitor to the White...

    32. October 16, 2013

      US rating put on negative watch on default fears

      Fitch Ratings placed the triple A credit rating of the US on negative watch, as efforts to end the budget impasse faltered...

    33. October 15, 2013

      Party foes bury the hatchet to chase deal

      Turning to Harry Reid on the Senate floor, Mitch McConnell offered the first concrete sign a US budget deal was in the wind...

    34. October 14, 2013

      Senate closes in on deal to reopen US government

      Senate leaders were late on Monday closing in on a deal to reopen the federal government and avert a potentially...

    35. FT Alphaville

      October 14, 2013

      The 6am London Cut

      Markets: Trading in markets across Asia was fairly muted as the stand-off continued in Washingtonover budget cuts and...

    36. October 13, 2013

      Senate takes over US budget negotiations

      Senate leaders are set to resume talks on Monday in their desperate attempt to resolve the stalemate over the US debt...

    37. October 11, 2013

      Obama sets stage for frantic budget talks

      The White House has rebuffed initial Republican proposals to resolve the budget crisis, setting the stage for frantic...

    38. October 3, 2013

      Driver dies following car chase near White House

      A car chase that began near the White House and ended in gunfire near a Senate office building left one woman dead and led...

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