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  1. 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,...

  2. March 14, 2013

    Tea Party calls for Rove to be blacklisted

    The country’s top conservative activists are urging wealthy Republicans to stop bankrolling a political group founded by...

  1. February 15, 2013

    Wealthy donors debate Republican ‘rebrand’

    Advisers to Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn, the Las Vegas casino billionaires who were once known for their bitter rivalry,...

  2. February 5, 2013

    GOP heavyweights fight for party’s future

    The battle for the soul of the Republican party is getting nastier following the launch of a new effort by some wealthy...

  3. January 16, 2013

    Pro-gun lobby urged to tone down rhetoric

    Traditional supporters of the National Rifle Association on Capitol Hill are urging the powerful pro-gun lobby group to tone...

  4. November 7, 2012

    Obama shattered the GOP’s delusions

    For a while in the small hours, even after the arithmetic of the electoral college had already doomed his campaign, it...

  5. The A-List

    November 7, 2012

    Why Obama won

    For a while in the small hours, even after the arithmetic of the electoral college had already doomed his campaign, it...

  6. November 6, 2012

    Flood of independent money raises stakes

    If the 2012 presidential election campaign has been notable for one thing, it is money. From the Republican primaries to the...

  7. November 4, 2012

    Obama holds edge in battleground states

    Barack Obama holds a small but winning edge in battleground states heading into the final, frantic day of campaigning in the...

  8. November 2, 2012

    Stats don’t add up for Romney win, says blogger

    A cartoon in the New Yorker this week summed it up. The doctor, on the phone to a patient, offered his prescription: “OK,...

  9. November 1, 2012

    Voters ready to call candidates’ bluff

    Electoral strategists of all stripes, in the US and elsewhere, are practised at exuding conviction in their candidates’...

  10. October 30, 2012

    Frankenstorm generates ‘October surprise’

    “October surprises” – designed to influence elections – are usually the work of Man not God. But “Frankenstorm” threw a...

  11. The World

    October 24, 2012

    Eastwood back in the Republican spotlight

    Clint Eastwood is back on the campaign trail, drumming up support for Mitt Romney and belittling President Barack Obama –...

  12. October 24, 2012

    Obama attacks Romney on Hispanic vote

    President Barack Obama has said that Mitt Romney and the Republican party’s alienation of Hispanic voters will be a “big...

  13. The World

    October 11, 2012

    US election round-up October 11

    Welcome to the US election round-up on the morning of the vice presidential debate in Kentucky. While the deputies were...

  14. September 9, 2012

    Obama super-Pac in push to raise $150m

    A campaign group backing Barack Obama is pushing to raise up to $150m in coming weeks in a late effort to counter...

  15. July 9, 2012

    Democrats file complaint over funding

    Democratic campaigners have filed a complaint with US electoral authorities accusing three conservative donor groups –...

  16. June 7, 2012

    Super-Pacs push funds through small banks

    The powerful Republican political groups that are poised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in this year’s election...

  17. The World

    May 30, 2012

    Donald trumps Mitt in bearing gifts for Barack

    Donald Trump in April 2012. Photo: Getty Images Anyone wondering if there is well-concealed method behind the Romney...

  18. May 21, 2012

    A dirty campaign

    It did not take long for Cory Booker, Newark’s Democratic mayor, to “clarify” his criticisms of Barack Obama’s campaign. On...

  19. May 17, 2012

    Romney gains on Obama in funds race

    Mitt Romney has almost matched Barack Obama’s campaign war chest in his opening month of fully fledged fundraising, a...

  20. May 8, 2012

    Republican group rakes in the cash

    In the final weeks of the 2010 US midterm elections, Steven Law began to single out vulnerable Democrats in Congress from...

  21. April 20, 2012

    Republicans boost campaign funds

    The Republican push to regain the White House along with control of the Senate has received a boost, with a pro-conservative...

  22. March 19, 2012

    Billionaire floods super-Pacs with funds

    In the 1990s, when donations to political action committees in the US were capped at $5,000, Harold Simmons pressed his...

  23. February 7, 2012

    Obama backs down on super-Pac funding

    Barack Obama has given his reluctant blessing to Priorities USA Action, the “super political action committee” that was...

  24. February 6, 2012

    Chrysler TV ad sparks political storm

    Clint Eastwood and Chrysler have sparked a political firestorm over an advertisement that aired during Sunday night’s Super...

  25. February 1, 2012

    Rich donors play pivotal US primary role

    In the final few months of last year, Harold Simmons, a committed and wealthy conservative, outlaid about $8.6m of his and...

  26. February 1, 2012

    Super-Pacs erode Obama’s advantage

    Republicans are rapidly eroding the huge funding advantage that propelled Barack Obama into the White House, with wealthy...

  27. FT Alphaville

    January 26, 2012

    Two things certain for Romney: Newt and taxes

    Newt Gingrich has turned up the heat on Mitt Romney, his rival GOP presidential candidate, over the frontrunner’s tax...

  28. January 25, 2012

    Romney feels heat from party over taxes

    Mitt Romney is coming under fire from both Republicans and Democrats for keeping some of his money in offshore tax havens,...

  29. November 28, 2011

    The rise of Gingrich and the ‘elite media’

    Newt Gingrich entered the Republican race for the presidency with enough personal and political baggage to break the back of...

  30. 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...

  31. Westminster Blog

    November 7, 2011

    Ed Miliband, the Labour party and opinion polls

    Among the many tributes to Philip Gould, former New Labour pollster, is that from David Miliband, who writes on his blog...

  32. October 20, 2011

    The reprogramming of Rick Perry

    I want to retract something I wrote a month ago, which was that Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, was “probably smarter”,...

  33. September 8, 2011

    Republican rivals turn on Perry

    Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, came under attack from nearly every fellow Republican candidate for president at a...

  34. August 18, 2011

    Texas hold’em

    Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, has shaken up the contest for the Republican presidential nomination faster than...

  35. August 17, 2011

    Perry feels heat from the old guard

    The complicated dynamic between Republicans loyal to George W. Bush and those backing the rightwing governor of his adopted...

  36. August 16, 2011

    Perry compares Fed stimulus to treason

    Rick Perry’s suggestion that it would be “almost treasonous” for the Federal Reserve to print more money has stirred up a...

  37. August 12, 2011

    Tough-talking Texan tilting at White House

    Back in 1992, a young Texas agricultural commissioner named Rick Perry understood the value of having George W. Bush, a...

  38. May 13, 2011

    IRS contacts rich political activists

    US tax authorities have opened investigations into five donors to non-profit political advocacy groups, a sign that the...

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