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    1. April 11, 2014

      How (not) to argue

      I once asked Emanuel Cleaver, the Democratic congressman from Missouri’s fifth district, whether he had ever changed...

    2. FT Alphaville

      April 1, 2014

      Readings from the book of Sam

      After a half-century with the FT, Sir Samuel Brittan retired last week, signing off with a valedictory essay and video...

    1. FT Alphaville

      February 14, 2014

      How Scotland really lost sterling union

      This post is just to flesh out a point in this great piece by John McDermott — so read that first. But we think it’s an...

    2. January 31, 2014

      The Diary: John McDermott

      “There’s a story going on here that people in England don’t know about,” says Henry McLeish. I am talking to the former...

    3. Westminster Blog

      January 6, 2014

      How untouched pensioner benefits are worth more than £4bn a year

      Yesterday’s big news was about Cameron promising to keep the pensions “triple lock” if the Tories win a majority...

    4. FT Alphaville

      October 25, 2013

      The chart that explains the world

      This post by FT commentator John McDermott is stolen cross-published from Off Message, John’s policy and culture blog,...

    5. The World

      September 13, 2013

      In the Picture: Vladimir Putin

      ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images By Catherine Contiguglia and David Gallerano Russia has been the talk of the town...

    6. August 28, 2013

      Video: Delving into the entrepreneurial state

      Without the US government there would be no iPhone, says economist Mariana Mazzucato in her new book ‘The...

    7. Westminster Blog

      March 21, 2013

      The risks of Osborne setting up a UK Fannie Mae

      George Osborne is edging Britain closer to an American-style government-backed mortgage market by promising to...

    8. The World

      January 24, 2013

      Davos day 2: Press round-up

      IMF chief Christine Lagarde at Davos (AFP) As our colleagues in the mountains don boots, bobble hats and gloves for day...

    9. The A-List

      November 12, 2012

      Video: Obama will prevail

      Jeffrey Sachs, economist and president of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, tells the FT’s John McDermott...

    10. The World

      October 4, 2012

      US presidential debate: As it happened

      Just 34 days before the election, the debate could be a crucial moment in the race for the White House, especially if...

    11. The World

      August 31, 2012

      FT podcast: World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

      The Republican convention and the future of the GOP This week’s Republican Convention has been showcase for a strong...

    12. FT Alphaville

      July 18, 2012

      Happy 2nd Birthday, Dodd-Frank

      A year ago, give or take a couple of days, former FT Alphavillian John McDermott asked the question: is it worth giving...

    13. July 13, 2012

      We should all rootle in our DNA

      It came as a bit of a shock to find that my family recolonised Europe after the last ice age. When, a month or so ago,...

    14. FT Alphaville

      July 12, 2012

      China as a post-capital economy

      By now everyone should be familiar with the argument against China. We’re talking gaping spare capacity, a real-estate...

    15. June 12, 2012

      Scotland needs a new formula

      From Mr John Mandeville. Sir, It would not be brave to reject the tie-up with Disney’s latest opus, it would be stupid...

    16. April 14, 2012

      Oh dear, my dad is following me

      Football games in the Edinburgh boys clubs’ under-12s second division were, I’ll now admit, less important than those...

    17. March 28, 2012

      For sale: British politics, one owner

      In the Mayfair office of Cruddas Capital Management, Mr Feikh Sheikh, a Gulf client, sits down to discuss investment...

    18. March 16, 2012

      Britain is no country for young men

      Would you like to be 16 years old? Let’s assume you are 40 years old, the average age of our population, and have a...

    19. March 9, 2012

      How to have a conversation

      Perhaps it was the opium talking, but Thomas de Quincey once wrote that an evening in the company of Samuel Coleridge...

    20. March 9, 2012

      American Aristotle who emphasised morals over money

      Christmas is nearing and Calvin, a precocious egoistic six-year-old with a talking tiger for a best friend, knows he...

    21. January 13, 2012

      From pop to politics, the secret to the ultimate Comeback Kid

      Thierry Henry is back. On Monday the French striker scored the winning goal for Arsenal in the FA Cup, increasing his...

    22. FT Alphaville

      January 6, 2012

      Reminder: US Markets Live is back

      We’re a bit worried that after such a long hiatus, the Rabble will have abandoned us like Newt Gingrich voters. Prove...

    23. FT Alphaville

      December 23, 2011

      Presenting... the inaugural FT Alphaville awards

      Our NY correspondents Cardiff Garcia and John McDermott present what we expect will be the first of many mirthful FT...

    24. December 21, 2011

      Candidate kitsch in an age of austerity

      Three days before Christmas and 12 days shy of the Iowa caucus, Republican voters are still “shopping” for a candidate....

    25. FT Alphaville

      November 18, 2011

      Reminder: US Markets Live at 10am New York time, 3pm London

      John McDermott has decided to spend the wholesome US holiday of Thanksgiving in Las Vegas, which means a) he needs...

    26. November 15, 2011

      Greek lessons in the financial crisis

      There’s an old surgeon saying, “watch one, do one, teach one”. Lucas Papademos, Greece’s new prime minister, has...

    27. FT Alphaville

      November 2, 2011

      Further further reading

      For the commute home, - The Forbes list of the world’s most powerful people is out, with Mark Zuckerberg edging out...

    28. FT Alphaville

      September 30, 2011

      US Markets Live reminder: 10am New York, 3pm London

      John McDermott has returned from the Colombian hinterlands with what is surely the deepest tan ever fronted by a Scott...

    29. FT Alphaville

      September 16, 2011

      Reminder: US Markets Live today at 10am New York, 3pm London

      You know where to find us. Rogue blogger John McDermott continues his trek through the Colombian hinterlands, but...

    30. FT Alphaville

      September 9, 2011

      Reminder: US Markets Live today at 10am New York, 3pm London

      Kickoff at the usual time and usual place. John McDermott leaves this afternoon for a two-week bloody adventure to...

    31. FT Alphaville

      September 2, 2011

      Fannie and Freddie's revenge -- the details [updated]

      – By John McDermott and Cardiff Garcia The details of the US government’s attempted bank raid are coming in on Friday...

    32. FT Alphaville

      August 31, 2011

      Where now for AT&T and T-Mobile?

      Wherein John McDermott and Cardiff Garcia try to understand the deal of the day and realise they should’ve gone to law...

    33. FT Alphaville

      August 25, 2011

      Buffett's bargain BofA deal

      By John McDermott, Cardiff Garcia, and Joseph Cotterill BofA’s Buffett bounce was at 13 per cent at pixel time, paring...

    34. FT Alphaville

      July 7, 2011

      The Sun also rises

      News Corp stock up 1.6 per cent at pixel time, after shutting down the corporation’s most profitable newspaper under a...

    35. June 27, 2011

      Inside S&P’s homework disaster

      President Barack Obama often talks of the need for Americans to hone their numerical skills if the US is to compete in...

    36. FT Alphaville

      June 2, 2011

      A $4.2bn question for Sino-Forest Corporation

      By Stacy-Marie Ishmael, FT Tilt and John McDermott, FT Alphaville (For the most recent version of this post, and...

    37. FT Alphaville

      June 1, 2011

      What just happenened? Slides, declines, and revisions

      by John McDermott and Cardiff Garcia A risk-off day if ever there was one. – The S&P had its worst day since August...

    38. FT Alphaville

      May 20, 2011

      Reminder: US Markets Live starts in one hour

      10am in New York, 3pm in London. You know the drill. We’ll look at the pros and cons of potential DSK successors, the...

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