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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. FT Alphaville

    January 29, 2014

    The Closer

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

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. October 2, 2013

    Mounting Wall Street fears of US default

    Wall Street leaders expressed mounting fears on Wednesday over the prospect of the first default by the US of its debt...

  27. October 1, 2013

    US takes ‘extraordinary’ measures to pay bills

    The US has begun implementing the “final extraordinary measures” to pay the nation’s bills ahead of an October 17 deadline...

  28. September 28, 2013

    US moves closer to partial government shutdown

    The US moved closer to a partial government shutdown early next week after Republicans early Sunday voted to delay President...

  29. September 20, 2013

    Republicans pass tough spending bill, setting up budget clash

    The Republican majority in the House of Representatives set a potential shutdown of the US government in motion on Friday...

  30. August 27, 2013

    A nuclear test for Washington

    Questions over nuclear waste, like the stuff itself, can stay hot for a long time. The US decided back in 1987 to focus on...

  31. July 16, 2013

    Senate agrees deal to avoid ‘filibuster’ showdown

    The Obama administration will secure approval for a batch of cabinet-level nominees under the terms of a last-minute deal to...

  32. July 15, 2013

    US Senate uproar over ‘filibuster’ reform

    US Senate Democrats are preparing to adopt what their opponents call “the nuclear option” to expedite White House...

  33. July 12, 2013

    Washington’s most likely

    This Town, by Mark Leibovich, Blue Rider Press, RRP$27.95, 400 pages When Mark Leibovich asked Jack Quinn, a prominent...

  34. April 22, 2013

    Delayed flights reignite US budget battle

    A series of flight delays rippling across the US reignited the political battle over automatic budget cuts – known as...

  35. March 28, 2013

    Raw politics as usual over gun control

    There will probably be some form of gun control law passed by Congress some time this year, but it will not amount to much,...

  36. March 13, 2013

    Obama casts doubt on budget deal hopes

    Barack Obama threw cold water on the prospects of a new grand bargain to reduce US deficits, saying Republicans and...

  37. March 6, 2013

    CIA nomination clears major hurdle

    John Brennan’s nomination as Central Intelligence Agency director was approved by a Senate committee on Tuesday after the...

  38. February 27, 2013

    Obama to meet lawmakers over cuts

    The White House will meet congressional leaders on Friday, the day that $85bn in automatic spending cuts known as...

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