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  1. March 8, 2014

    Central Europe countries appeal for US gas

    Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have urged the US Congress to help them buy American natural gas and reduce...

  2. March 4, 2014

    Crisis in Ukraine reshapes US debate on gas exports

    The US should make it easier for Europeans to buy American natural gas in order to reduce its allies’ dependence on Russian...

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  1. March 4, 2014

    Obama aims to rally Democrats with $3.9tn US budget

    President Barack Obama has laid out a $3.9tn budget that slashed tax breaks for the wealthiest households and businesses to...

  2. February 20, 2014

    Obama drops proposal to cut pensions

    President Barack Obama is dropping a proposal to cut pensions by using a less generous measure of inflation, and will...

  3. February 14, 2014

    Midterm battle for pivotal control of US Senate heats up

    Only a few years after demanding huge spending cuts in exchange for taking on new debt, John Boehner, Republican House...

  4. FT Alphaville

    February 12, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asian equities continued to edge higher with support from Wall Street, in spite of less than encouraging data from...

  5. February 11, 2014

    House votes to increase US debt limit without conditions

    The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has voted to increase US borrowings after John Boehner, the speaker,...

  6. February 9, 2014

    Republicans seek to bridge divisions over debt ceiling

    Republicans in Congress are seeking to bridge internal divisions in order to lift US borrowing limits as dwindling...

  7. February 6, 2014

    Boehner dents hopes for immigration reform

    The Republican leader who last week launched a push for US immigration reform has dented the hopes of pro-reform activists...

  8. February 6, 2014

    Republicans’ taming of the Tea Party bodes ill for Obama

    If making laws is as ugly as making sausages, as the old saying goes, then the farm bill in Congress has always qualified as...

  9. 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...

  10. January 31, 2014

    Zuckerberg helps fund GOP leaders’ immigration campaign

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is helping to fund a new ad campaign backing Republican leaders whose push to reform the US...

  11. January 28, 2014

    Business groups press Republicans over immigration reform

    Pro-immigration business leaders ranging from strawberry growers and bulldozer makers to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are...

  12. January 16, 2014

    White House tests new mood in Congress

    The Obama administration is testing the fragile new mood of compromise in Congress reflected in the bipartisan budget deal,...

  13. January 7, 2014

    US jobless benefits legislation clears Senate hurdle

    The US Senate advanced legislation to restore federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, in a surprise win for...

  14. 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...

  15. December 31, 2013

    US politics: who will make the running in 2014?

    US President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, and incoming Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen will be the most...

  16. December 12, 2013

    US budget passes House by large majority

    A US budget deal hailed as lifting the cloud of political dysfunction hanging over the world’s largest economy cleared the...

  17. December 11, 2013

    Confidence grows of support for US budget deal

    US Congress appeared on track to approve a bipartisan budget deal designed to provide stability to America’s fiscal policy...

  18. December 11, 2013

    Republicans drop all-or-nothing strategy in budget wars

    The Republican leadership in Congress has completed a dramatic about-turn on Washington’s perennial budget wars with their...

  19. December 2, 2013

    US immigration reform likely to remain an aspiration

    Less than six months ago, the US looked as though it was closer than ever to agreeing a reform of its immigration laws that...

  20. FT Alphaville

    November 20, 2013

    The Fed and Treasury default: a coda

    At some point in the great collective peyote dream that was last month’s debt ceiling crisis, we asked you to imagine the...

  21. November 17, 2013

    Republicans fail to grasp challenge of immigration reform

    After last November’s crushing loss in the US presidential elections, a committee of Republican grandees issued a warning to...

  22. November 14, 2013

    Americans can keep cancelled healthcare plans, says Obama

    President Barack Obama moved to salvage his embattled healthcare overhaul with an unusual show of contrition over the...

  23. November 14, 2013

    ‘Obamacare’ launch fiasco rouses sceptics

    Just 106,000 Americans were able to sign up for health insurance during the first month of enrolment in online exchanges,...

  24. October 29, 2013

    Washington plays with fire again over America’s budget plans

    There is a myth pervading Washington these days. It is offering a dose of false comfort to people who want to believe that...

  25. October 17, 2013

    Republican postmortem focuses on Tea Party power

    When Charles Boustany, a Republican congressman from Louisiana, reflects on how his party can recover from its embarrassing...

  26. October 17, 2013

    In place of peace, a Washington truce

    At the end of the first world war Marshal Foch famously observed that the Versailles treaty would bring not peace but “an...

  27. October 16, 2013

    Defeat has bitter taste for Tea Party

    After weeks of threats, filibusters and bills designed to gut Barack Obama’s healthcare law, combined with a government...

  28. October 16, 2013

    Shutdown: a drama in many episodes

    Do you remember the first series of Shutdown ? It was so good; the way there was always a cliffhanger at the end of each...

  29. FT Photo Diary

    October 16, 2013

    John Boehner leads the charge

    Jonathan Ernst/Reuters US House Speaker John Boehner arrives at Capitol Hill in Washington. The US Senate prepared for a...

  30. October 16, 2013

    US eleventh hour deal averts default

    In pictures: how the night unfolded The US Congress has passed a bill to reopen the federal government and approve new...

  31. FT Alphaville

    October 16, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Dan on that European optimism seeping through — particularly, European banks. NEWS CME...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. October 13, 2013

    US budget negotiations follow familiar pattern

    The final days of the countdown to the deadline for Congress to lift US borrowing limits before the country starts to run...

  35. October 12, 2013

    US budget talks break down

    Negotiations between the White House and Republicans in the House of Representatives over the budget have broken down,...

  36. October 11, 2013

    Avoiding default is non-negotiable aim

    The moment has not yet arrived to take Washington off the suicide watch list. But almost a fortnight into the government...

  37. Off Message

    October 11, 2013

    US shutdown: Boehner’s imaginary ‘halfway’ point

    Halfway from default is still a long way from sense. On Thursday, John Boehner, the speaker of the US House of...

  38. October 10, 2013

    Debt impasse exposes Achilles’ heel of finance

    Who is getting spooked by Halloween bonds? That is a question which many traders are wondering. Little wonder. A week ago, I...

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