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    1. October 20, 2014

      Obama’s moonshot probes the space inside our skulls

      Every president needs a blockbuster science project to crown his time in the White House. While John Kennedy reached for the...

    2. January 6, 2014

      Time to think more about Sarajevo, less about Munich

      Can thinking about the past improve the way you handle the present? If so, this year’s centenary of the outbreak of the...

    1. November 22, 2013

      Kennedy’s death and an introduction to the politics of hate

      More than 40,000 books have been written about President John Fitzgerald Kennedy since he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas,...

    2. November 15, 2013

      Simon Schama on The Letters of John F. Kennedy, edited by Martin W. Sandler

      JFK in pictures The Letters of John F. Kennedy, edited by Martin W. Sandler, Bloomsbury, RRP£20/$30, 384 pages Yes, like...

    3. November 14, 2013

      Beer and merlot at the crime scene

      A couple of years ago, I stood by the spot on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository where Lee Harvey Oswald...

    4. August 14, 2013

      Fidel Castro lauds North Korea as UN inspects weapons cargo

      HAVANA - Pyongyang gave Cuba extensive military support in the 1980s, former president Fidel Castro said on Wednesday as the...

    5. August 11, 2013

      The US president is weaker than you think

      Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era, by Joseph Nye, Princeton RRP£19.95/RRP$27.95 Having failed to...

    6. July 19, 2013

      Camelot’s charge

      JFK’s Last Hundred Days: An Intimate Portrait of a Great President, by Thurston Clarke, Allen Lane, RRP£20/Penguin Press,...

    7. May 24, 2013

      Apple hearing unlikely to solve tax question

      It was telling that Carl Levin, the veteran Democratic senator, launched his grilling of Tim Cook, the Apple chief...

    8. May 1, 2013

      Global Insight: Barack Obama faces going on the road to get round Congress

      Perhaps because his style is so hard to pigeonhole and his biography so unique, Barack Obama has been lumbered with...

    9. FT Alphaville

      April 23, 2013

      Small graces: French flash PMI edition [updated... now with less grace and more PMIs]

      Depressing eurozone and German prints below. The eurozone composite was bleakly steady at 46.5 while the German comp hit...

    10. April 5, 2013

      Second coming

      The only picture on Jerry Brown’s desk in the California state capitol building in Sacramento is a black-and-white...

    11. February 21, 2013

      France setback threatens eurozone recovery

      Hopes of a eurozone recovery were dealt a blow on Thursday by a very weak indicator of business activity in the French...

    12. FT Alphaville

      January 24, 2013

      Thanks for letting the team down, France

      From Credit Suisse on Thursday morning: BREAKING NEWS: Stronger-than-expected euro area flash PMIs in January – except for...

    13. January 2, 2013

      Lamprell given breather with loan waivers

      Shares in Lamprell jumped by a fifth on Wednesday after the Dubai-based contractor confirmed that it had succeeded in...

    14. November 19, 2012

      Lamprell warns of $105m full-year loss

      Lamprell, the specialist engineering group, warned that higher costs and deferred contracts would see it incur a $105m...

    15. November 2, 2012

      Election jibes cap Kremlin critique of US

      American voters worried about the integrity and fairness of the US electoral process, take heart. You have a friend in the...

    16. October 4, 2012

      Three Lamprell executives stand down

      Three leading executives at Lamprell, the FTSE 250 specialist engineering group, are to stand down after its latest profits...

    17. October 3, 2012

      Fresh profit warning hits Lamprell shares

      The chairman of Lamprell, the FTSE 250 specialist engineering group, has promised a clear-out of its senior management team...

    18. October 1, 2012

      A presidential demeanour still counts

      I have two confessions to make concerning presidential candidate debates, of which the first of this year’s election...

    19. September 28, 2012

      Candidates prep for televised debates

      Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have spent months attacking one another from afar. But when they take the stage for their first...

    20. 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...

    21. August 28, 2012

      Lamprell insists outlook is improving

      Specialist engineering company Lamprell said the outlook was improving for its business despite a $47.1m net loss for the...

    22. FT Alphaville

      August 23, 2012

      Some PMIs went up, but the eurozone is still headed for recession

      Look into my eyes. You are feeling very positive about the economy. Things will go well. You are thinking things have...

    23. July 26, 2012

      Lamprell issues third profits warning

      Lamprell has issued its third profits warning in as many months after further cost overruns on key projects. Shares fell 31...

    24. April 4, 2012

      Professional kryptonite from a devil’s advocate

      To anyone who does not make their living peddling leadership courses, it might seem unsurprising to be told the whole...

    25. April 2, 2012

      Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Schoenfeld Theatre, New York

      Memo to those with tickets to the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man: don’t arrive early. Entering a theatre...

    26. March 16, 2012

      Altered images

      Tokyo’s Harajuku district is best-known for cosplayers (adolescents dressed as animation characters) and teenagers in gothic...

    27. March 2, 2012

      Marriages put to work

      In every episode of Roger and Val Have Just Got In (BBC2 Thursday), Alfred Molina and Dawn French bicker in various rooms of...

    28. February 19, 2012

      Obama nears his nuclear moment

      At the start of Barack Obama’s term, few moments better crystallised America’s change of face than his “New Day” video...

    29. February 4, 2012

      Hat as harbinger of good (or bad) times

      From Mr John O’Byrne. Sir, In his article “Bow down at the shrine of the sage of Mount Baldy” (Comment, January 28), Gautam...

    30. January 27, 2012

      Fly me to the moon

      Even by the grandiose standards of Newt Gingrich’s ideas, this was a big one. “By the end of my second term, we will have...

    31. January 21, 2012

      Don’t count Mitt’s wealth against him

      From Mr Les Gapay. Sir, Regarding the articles about Mitt Romney’s wealth: I am a Democrat and am poor, living on Social...

    32. January 4, 2012

      US election has multicultural message for brands

      After the quadrennial US election ritual of polls, caucuses and primaries began in Iowa on Tuesday, filling television,...

    33. December 27, 2011

      Old warriors play the best politics

      Just over half a century ago, at the start of 1961, Harold Macmillan, then the prime minister of Britain, was about to...

    34. December 11, 2011

      Frustration mounts over Madoff backlog

      Ronnie Sue Ambrosino and her husband were on holiday in Surprise, Arizona when they heard Bernard Madoff had been arrested....

    35. December 1, 2011

      When cutting it just doesn’t cut it

      Making sense of the tangled world of US politics is never easy. But about 30 years ago, the comedian Mort Sahl identified a...

    36. November 23, 2011

      Governments have to live within their means too

      From Mr Tim Price. Sir, In his article “Why we need to tax the crazy market speculators” (November 21) John Chapman presents...

    37. November 11, 2011

      11.22.63

      Which of us would not travel back in time, if we could, to undo some of the horrors of the past? This is the perennially...

    38. October 21, 2011

      Sick economy takes toll on Californians

      There was no natural disaster in Los Angeles this week but anyone walking into the city’s Memorial Sports Arena would have...

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