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  1. The World

    August 30, 2012

    Condi's convention triumph

    Condoleezza Rice at the Republican National Convention (Stan Honda/AFP/GettyImages) Every few years someone takes a...

  2. August 29, 2012

    Ryan launches caustic attack on Obama

    Paul Ryan launched a withering attack on Barack Obama in his first major address as the Republican vice-presidential...

  1. August 26, 2012

    Tropical storm knocks Romney off course

    US Republicans anxious about the threat posed by tropical storm Isaac cancelled the first day of the party’s convention in...

  2. August 24, 2012

    ‘Teavangelicals’ rally behind Akin

    Todd Akin has felt the full weight of the Republican party bearing down on him in the week since he claimed that women’s...

  3. August 6, 2012

    Republicans reach out to women voters

    Republicans are making a renewed push for the female vote, giving high-profile speaking slots at this month’s national...

  4. June 11, 2012

    Jeb Bush laments Republican partisanship

    Former Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush would have had difficulty being nominated by today’s more...

  5. February 24, 2012

    The new battle for the old soul of the Republican party

    In a debate on Wednesday, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney bested former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, who...

  6. January 8, 2012

    Why New Hampshire matters

    The New Hampshire primary on Tuesday is the second big test of the presidential nominating process – and can serve to burst...

  7. January 5, 2012

    Christian right puts its faith in Santorum

    Christian conservatives are preparing to rally behind Rick Santorum, the Republican presidential candidate who barely even...

  8. January 4, 2012

    Poor night for GOP

    Punditry and primaries go hand in glove. In assessing what Tuesday night’s virtual dead heat in Iowa means for the 2012 US...

  9. January 4, 2012

    Santorum faces obstacles to cement position

    Rick Santorum basked in the glory of his astonishing comeback in the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday night with a rousing speech to...

  10. January 4, 2012

    Iowa voters issue cautionary message

    Iowa may be Barack Obama’s lucky charm. Not only was it in Iowa four years ago that the future president began his soaring...

  11. January 2, 2012

    Final Iowa polls show fragmented field

    The crowd gathered in below-freezing temperatures outside the Reising Sun Café in Polk City, Iowa, had no chance of getting...

  12. December 11, 2011

    Fox leads hunt for right’s champion

    When pundits pontificate about why Newt Gingrich may not be able to sustain his position at the front of the Republican...

  13. December 2, 2011

    Romney begins advert campaign in Iowa

    Mitt Romney has launched his first television advertisements in Iowa, stepping up his campaign as polls show the Republican...

  14. November 7, 2011

    Romney steps up drive for victory in Iowa

    Mitt Romney vowed to “slay the deficit beast” as he stood, dressed in a blue checked shirt and jeans, at a sheet metal...

  15. The World

    October 27, 2011

    The rise and fall of Rick Perry

    Rick Perry. Getty Images. Just a few months ago, Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, was the coming man in American...

  16. October 5, 2011

    Romney needs to enthuse his own side

    Where is the love? Mitt Romney might have asked himself that question this week, and not for the first time. The former...

  17. October 4, 2011

    Republican presidential field narrows

    The field to challenge Barack Obama in 2012 looks settled after months of uncertainty and instability in Republican ranks...

  18. June 11, 2011

    Faith obscures Romney’s businesslike appeal

    By any objective measure, the campaign of Mitt Romney to win the right to challenge Barack Obama for the White House in 2012...

  19. June 2, 2011

    It’s all about the bank bail-outs, stupid . . . 

    After months of shadow-boxing, several of the main contenders for the Republican presidential nomination are declaring their...

  20. May 31, 2011

    Palin fans speculation of presidential candidacy

    Sarah Palin might be heading to New Hampshire this week. Or not. She might be going to Iowa after that, but who knows? Not...

  21. May 23, 2011

    Pawlenty joins US presidential battle

    Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, announced on Sunday that he was seeking the Republican nomination to run...

  22. May 19, 2011

    Cat Scratch Fever and the Apocalypse

    A surprising number of people have materialised on the streets of New York in recent days to proclaim that the world as we...

  23. May 15, 2011

    Huckabee adds to Republican despair

    The decision by Mike Huckabee, the former preacher and governor of Arkansas, not to seek the Republican nomination for the...

  24. May 15, 2011

    Huckabee out of US presidential race

    Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, said on Saturday that he would not seek the Republican nomination for the...

  25. May 6, 2011

    Republicans endorse enhanced interrogations

    Several likely candidates for the Republican presidential nomination have argued that the US was able to find and kill Osama...

  26. April 28, 2011

    Red bellies fail to fire in presidential race

    Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi, announced on Monday that he would not run for the Republican party’s...

  27. April 24, 2011

    Missing in action: a Republican champ

    At this rate, the US presidential election of 2012 promises to be a titanic struggle between a failed incumbent and an...

  28. April 17, 2011

    Trump makes claims on Libya

    For Mitt Romney or even Sarah Palin, it would be a serious gaffe. But Donald Trump’s suggestion that Libya would be a more...

  29. March 25, 2011

    The Diary: Fatima Bhutto

    To India, where I’m on a panel with Germaine Greer. We have been invited to the India Today Conclave to discuss whether or...

  30. February 25, 2011

    Walker invokes Reagan in Wisconsin battle

    Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor who is at the centre of a tense standoff over the rights of public-sector unions,...

  31. February 24, 2011

    Top Republicans shy away from presidency bids

    More prominent Republicans have taken themselves out of contention for the 2012 US presidential race than have officially...

  32. November 2, 2010

    Would-be presidents turn focus to 2012

    The US midterm election results might still be trickling in, but the Republican presidential primaries for 2012 begin on...

  33. October 7, 2010

    Republican contenders flock to Fox News

    Sarah Palin The best known conservative face in the US, she is wildly popular among conservatives but disliked by almost...

  34. September 22, 2010

    Democrats accuse Beck sponsor of ‘rip-off’

    Democrats on Capitol Hill have targeted a big advertising sponsor of Glenn Beck and other popular rightwing US commentators...

  35. May 4, 2010

    Immigration mess

    Arizona’s fierce new immigration law has brought a simmering national quarrel once more to a furious boil. The state pleads...

  36. February 9, 2010

    Straw defends legality as Blair theorises

    The Iraq war inquiry is humouring the desire of the British public to "uncover some great conspiracy", Tony Blair said...

  37. February 8, 2010

    Blair says public desires Iraq ‘conspiracy’

    The Iraq war inquiry is humouring the desire of the British public to “uncover some great conspiracy”, Tony Blair said on...

  38. November 17, 2009

    Palin sets out on campaign trail for her book

    It has all the trappings of a presidential campaign: the bus emblazoned with her familiar face, a hectic travel schedule...

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