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  1. Off Message

    October 7, 2013

    Findings from the 'Republican Party Project'

    Yes, that is what it is called. But this report from Democracy Corps, the research and polling firm of James Carville and...

  2. September 10, 2013

    The power of the bond markets is a bluff waiting to be called

    James Carville, adviser to President Bill Clinton, once said that were he reincarnated, he would choose to return as the...

  1. Material World

    May 29, 2013

    Forget austerity; Europe loves luxury - but not to buy

    The ECCIA, that odd-acronym’d unified lobbying association for the luxury groups of Europe, just released a new survey about...

  2. January 18, 2013

    Whose dress will go to the ball?

    There are three big fashion events this week. It’s hard to know where a style-watcher should look: to Paris, where the...

  3. November 13, 2012

    Washington, not markets, calls the shots

    US politicians face formidable challenges putting the country’s public finances in order. One they have escaped is the sort...

  4. Material World

    October 15, 2012

    Outlets, Gen Z, Chinese power women - Bain's surprising luxury revelations

    Earlier today I wrote about the odd idea that came to me after reading Bain’s 11th Luxury Goods Market report, but now I’d...

  5. Material World

    October 5, 2012

    Call him Sir Bernard -- Arnault

    Forget Belgium; Bernard Arnault should follow a number of his compatriots and move to the UK. The small country to the north...

  6. October 4, 2012

    Tougher road for Obama after debate

    The optimism that had been building since late August among Democrats about Barack Obama’s chances of winning a second term...

  7. September 27, 2012

    Watch house prices, stupid, for US election risk

    Two decades ago, James Carville, the Democratic strategist, observed that it is “the economy, stupid” that matters in...

  8. September 3, 2012

    Obama campaign far from 2008

    When Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president in Denver in 2008, he did so on a stage set with Greek...

  9. January 4, 2012

    Iowa result generates Republican confusion

    The cliff hanger of the Iowa caucuses has produced a confusing kaleidoscope of mixed messages for Republicans that underline...

  10. FT Alphaville

    November 14, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Monday’s FT, Edward Luce: Mr President, it’s time to panic A few weeks ago,...

  11. November 13, 2011

    Mr President, it’s time to panic

    A few weeks ago, James Carville, the legendary manager of Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign, had a choice word of advice for...

  12. November 11, 2011

    The bond market vigilantes are back

    If Silvio Berlusconi were to be given a second chance at life, he would – with apologies to James Carville – surely want to...

  13. November 11, 2011

    The end of identity politics

    When James Carville wrote, “It’s the economy, stupid,” on a sign in Bill Clinton’s campaign headquarters in 1992, his words...

  14. September 16, 2011

    Obama battles to revive his presidency

    More than a year out from the 2012 election, Barack Obama has hit the campaign trail, rushing from state to state before...

  15. September 15, 2011

    Embattled Obama takes blow to chin

    Special elections in the US – by-elections, as they are called in Britain – are easily over-interpreted, because local...

  16. FT Alphaville

    September 1, 2011

    Eurozone wars, or vigilante vs vigilante

    Bond vigilantes — per James Carville — are intimidating things. And no more so than in Europe. Rising bond yields in the...

  17. June 9, 2011

    Good servants can make bad masters

    The expression “good servants and bad masters” has been applied to so many things: technology, government officials,...

  18. Material World

    May 20, 2011

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the overcoat image problem

    How quickly a garment can turn against us. In the absence of any information other than rumour and old gossip, one of the...

  19. April 15, 2011

    Obama looks to independent voters

    Barack Obama is betting that his attack on the Republican deficit reduction plan, which he has derided as un-American, will...

  20. December 10, 2010

    Reading between the bond yields

    Bill Clinton’s campaign manager, James Carville famously mused that he would like to be reincarnated as the bond market – so...

  21. October 29, 2010

    Southern Democrats face rout

    Gene Taylor, a Democratic lawmaker from Mississippi, this week issued what was perhaps the loudest alarm bell of his party’s...

  22. July 14, 2010

    Asian players are a worry for eurozone

    Back in the 1990s, James Carville, US Democratic party strategist, declared that in his next life he wanted to be...

  23. June 3, 2010

    Oil major now faces public relations disaster

    On Tuesday evening Tony Hayward, BP's chief executive, was having dinner in a New Orleans restaurant with Thad Allen, the...

  24. June 3, 2010

    Americans want a less remote daddy

    Clive Crook: Commentators here are achieving something close to all-faction consensus over Barack Obama's oil-spill...

  25. June 2, 2010

    BP faces public relations disaster

    On Tuesday evening Tony Hayward, BP’s chief executive, was having dinner in a New Orleans restaurant with Thad Allen, the...

  26. May 31, 2010

    Political friendships are tested to the limit in Louisiana

    Congressman Charlie Melancon was moved to tears in the House last week when he described the plight of his Mississippi delta...

  27. May 30, 2010

    Political friendships are tested in Louisiana

    Congressman Charlie Melancon was moved to tears in the House last week when he described the plight of his Mississippi delta...

  28. May 29, 2010

    Louisiana locals pour scorn on 'Mr Wayward'

    Ask people in Louisiana for opinions on BP's response to the oil spill and you will hear some blunt remarks about Tony...

  29. May 29, 2010

    Louisiana locals pour scorn on quietly spoken geologist

    Ask people in Louisiana for opinions on BP's response to the oil spill and you will get some blunt remarks about Tony...

  30. May 29, 2010

    Louisiana locals pour scorn on ‘Mr Wayward’

    Ask people in Louisiana for opinions on BP’s response to the oil spill and you will get some blunt remarks about Tony...

  31. February 16, 2010

    Strange ambition

    From Ms Mary Ellen Synon. Sir, It wasn’t Bill Clinton who made that remark about being reincarnated as the bond market...

  32. January 27, 2010

    US voters clearly want moderation

    From Mr John Sivolella. Sir, Perhaps the sun in the Seychelles has affected him, but James Carville renders unsound advice...

  33. January 24, 2010

    Democrats need to learn the blame game

    The most exciting spectator sport in American politics is in full swing in Washington following last Tuesday’s...

  34. December 24, 2009

    Our wall of gilts is casting a long shadow over 2010

    The markets just gave the Bank of England a Christmas present. After a year spent twitching, sometimes wrongly, at the...

  35. December 23, 2009

    On London: Gilts cast shadow over 2010

    The markets just gave the Bank of England a Christmas present. After a year spent twitching, sometimes wrongly, at the...

  36. November 11, 2009

    The Short View

    Borrowing costs of 1.45 per cent hardly sound onerous but in the case of Japan, a sharp rise in bond yields to that level...

  37. November 10, 2009

    Short View: Sharp rise in JGB yields

    Borrowing costs of 1.45 per cent hardly sound onerous but in the case of Japan, a sharp rise in bond yields to that level is...

  38. September 14, 2009

    Voters will scorn Democrat strategy

    From Mr George C. Leef. Sir, I think that James Carville is whistling past the graveyard in “Obama can avoid midterm blues”...

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