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    1. June 19, 2015

      US faces gun stand-off after Charleston

      The front page of Charleston’s Post and Courier newspaper on Thursday ran a banner headline that read “Church attack kills...

    2. June 15, 2015

      Bush kicks off campaign with jobs vow

      Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, on Monday launched his presidential campaign, after months of criss-crossing America...

    1. June 4, 2015

      Rick Perry launches bid for White House

      Rick Perry, the former Texas governor whose 2012 presidential campaign ended up as fodder for Jon Stewart and late-night...

    2. May 5, 2015

      Huckabee joins 2016 race for White House

      Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and guitar-strumming Baptist preacher, has entered the 2016 race for the White...

    3. May 4, 2015

      Carly Fiorina joins 2016 presidential race

      Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, became the second woman to enter the 2016 presidential race,...

    4. February 10, 2015

      US Republican party presidential hopefuls and one or two others

      This is what used to be called a public service column, designed to inform our many puzzled readers from Peoria to Pretoria...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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,...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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