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  1. May 22, 2014

    What happened to the idea of the Great Society?

    Fifty years ago, Lyndon Johnson unveiled his vision of the “Great Society”. This would be one in which no child would go...

  2. April 29, 2014

    Tony Awards: who is nominated and who will win

    Nominations for the 2014 Tony Awards were announced on Tuesday morning, and headlines blared that the cosy musical A...

  1. March 7, 2014

    All the Way, Neil Simon Theatre, New York

    Lyndon Baines Johnson, who felt perpetually unloved as America’s 36th president, would probably not derive much reassurance...

  2. March 7, 2014

    Bryan Cranston is breaking good

    So many things can go wrong in the kitchen. It’s like baking a soufflé: it can go flat and you have no idea why.” Breaking...

  3. January 9, 2014

    A war on poverty without victory

    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson issued a clarion call for his fellow citizens to mount a “war on poverty” across...

  4. 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...

  5. 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,...

  6. October 25, 2013

    Halloween is a holiday not a political opportunity

    When the US celebrates Halloween next Thursday, many of its preadolescent trick-or-treaters, decked out as clowns or...

  7. October 17, 2013

    US lawmakers mend fences over coffee

    Barely 12 hours after the denouement of the US’s latest fiscal crisis, the top lawmakers on budget policy in the US Congress...

  8. October 17, 2013

    Obamacare woes need a paper cure

    Barack Obama made a big mistake when he designed his healthcare programme. The president put his faith in computers – and as...

  9. The A-List

    October 9, 2013

    Obama must make amends after Asia trip cancellation

    Barack Obama’s cancellation of his planned trip to Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Indonesia for the East Asia Summit...

  10. FT Alphaville

    September 25, 2013

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Wednesday, - Ted Cruz headline du jour (and a warning). - “It’s all because of these stupid dollars!” - The...

  11. The World

    September 8, 2013

    John Kerry and the dreaded 'Munich' analogy

    Ever since the chemical weapons attack in Syria, I have assumed that there would have to be a western military response –...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. March 19, 2013

    Kurdish deal would fuel Turkey’s goals

    President Lyndon Baines Johnson used to say he had one great skill – an understanding of power, “where to look for it and...

  15. January 28, 2013

    Rising populism is worthy of Nixonland

    In Westminster, a place ghettoised by partisan affiliations, a taste for political Americana is one of the few sensibilities...

  16. January 22, 2013

    US healthcare costs seek home remedy

    When Diane Flint visits an elderly patient on her rounds in Manchester, New Hampshire, to check on his newly attached...

  17. January 14, 2013

    Unleash the funding dogs of political war

    The inspiration for this came from a bottle. It was a cheap South African Chenin Blanc/Chardonnay on special offer from...

  18. January 7, 2013

    The myth of the imperial presidency

    If you needed confirmation that American liberals and conservatives inhabit parallel universes, just consider the reaction...

  19. January 6, 2013

    Hormel – rock steady performance

    How is this for a defensive stock: the company that makes the food you will be eating as you sit in the bomb shelter waiting...

  20. January 4, 2013

    Lunch with the FT: Robert Caro

    Robert Caro is a New Yorker. And the restaurant at which he chooses to have lunch is as New York as they come. Patsy’s...

  21. December 7, 2012

    Recipe: venison chilli

    I liked the story of Henry Kissinger going to meet and brief the then US vice-president, Lyndon Johnson, at his home in...

  22. October 10, 2012

    Moderates lick wounds in ‘bleeding Kansas’

    It is half-time at the high school American football game between St James Academy and Eudora and Emma Beck is crowned...

  23. September 7, 2012

    Mitt, Landon is a bad role model

    From Mr John O’Byrne. Sir, It would be a mistake for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to model themselves on Alf Landon (Letters,...

  24. August 31, 2012

    Turn down the volumes

    Barack Obama is a lucky man. For the first time since becoming president, he’s made it through the summer without having his...

  25. The A-List

    August 13, 2012

    America's clear choice: Franklin Roosevelt or Ayn Rand

    This much you have to give Mitt Romney: by choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate he has made it impossible to avoid turning...

  26. August 9, 2012

    Romney fails to master the popular touch

    If all elections come down to who voters would rather have a beer with, President Barack Obama has a definitive lead, and...

  27. The A-List

    July 25, 2012

    The peculiar case of the American vice-presidency

    Among the oddities of the US system of government is the vice president. The position was created by the Constitution, but...

  28. FT Data

    February 14, 2012

    Has misery peaked?

    Amid talk of how governments should measure ‘happiness’, we should perhaps note that ‘misery’ – at least economic misery –...

  29. The A-List

    February 9, 2012

    Send India the power of Britain’s pen, not of its purse

    Growing up in India in the 1960s, I knew that America gave us wheat, and Britain gave us literature. One of my most vivid...

  30. February 9, 2012

    Send India the power of Britain’s pen, please, not of its purse

    Growing up in India in the 1960s, I knew that America gave us wheat, and Britain gave us literature. One of my most vivid...

  31. September 13, 2011

    US wealth gap raises concerns

    The aftermath of the recession has seen a “two-speed” recovery for Americans, as the wealthiest maintain their spending...

  32. August 14, 2011

    A cautious view of corporate rebound

    Somewhere in my attic is a shoebox full of 20-year-old letters rejecting my unsolicited attempts to get a job to fund...

  33. June 5, 2011

    Obituary: Lawrence Eagleburger

    Lawrence Eagleburger, one of the most experienced and versatile US diplomats of the last half century and briefly secretary...

  34. FT Alphaville

    March 18, 2011

    Not just a no-fly zone [updated]

    Update (1245 UK time): Hold the prospect of any military action for a while, it looks like — flashes via Reuters: RTRS-LIBYA...

  35. March 2, 2011

    Dodd selected to head Hollywood lobby group

    The Motion Picture Association of America has appointed Chris Dodd, a former US senator, as its chairman and chief...

  36. January 15, 2011

    US spokesman who fronted Saigon’s theatre of war

    Government spokesmen do not usually behave like impresarios but Barry Zorthian, who died this month at the age of 90, most...

  37. December 14, 2010

    Holbrooke dies after heart surgery

    Richard Holbrooke, the US’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, has died at a Washington hospital after...

  38. 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...

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