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  1. July 21, 2014

    Wall St money backs Senate Republicans

    Wall Street donors are concentrating their firepower on backing conservative candidates to flip control in the US Senate to...

  2. June 3, 2014

    Climate a toxic topic for Republicans

    US carbon emission rules Weeks before Barack Obama launched his administration’s most ambitious plan to cut carbon...

  1. June 2, 2014

    US climate change plan focuses on public health

    The Obama administration’s new plan to curb climate pollution “is not just about disappearing polar bears”, Gina McCarthy...

  2. May 21, 2014

    Establishment Republicans vanquish Tea Party but adopt its lines

    Washington’s Republican establishment rebuffed a series of challenges to its candidates in intraparty primaries in a moment...

  3. May 21, 2014

    McConnell victory delivers fresh blow to Tea Party

    Washington’s conservative establishment rebuffed its most serious challenge in intraparty primaries on Tuesday evening, with...

  4. May 19, 2014

    ‘Dark money’ floods in to US election

    Long used to opposing candidates bitterly facing off in elections, US voters are being offered a different choice for this...

  5. May 15, 2014

    US rules on internet fast lane move ahead

    The US Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a contentious proposal on net neutrality rules that could...

  6. May 2, 2014

    Mitch McConnell leads Republican Kentucky derby

    Three weeks from polling day, Matt Bevin stands on the steps of a small town courthouse addressing a meagre crowd of about a...

  7. February 14, 2014

    Midterm battle for pivotal control of US Senate heats up

    Only a few years after demanding huge spending cuts in exchange for taking on new debt, John Boehner, Republican House...

  8. November 22, 2013

    Stakes raised for US congressional poll

    Perhaps only in Washington could upending an arcane rule in the Senate be compared to dropping a nuclear weapon. But...

  9. FT Alphaville

    November 22, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Guest post: Assassins don’t prefer Bitcoin: David Birch makes the case that...

  10. FT Alphaville

    November 22, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Led by Japan, most Asian equity markets were recovering from Thursday’s poor performance after the Dow Jones...

  11. November 22, 2013

    Democrats take ‘nuclear option’ on filibusters

    Mitch McConnell, normally the most unflustered of individuals on Capitol Hill, seemed barely able to contain his fury as the...

  12. November 21, 2013

    Democrats overturn filibuster rule, increasing Obama’s power

    President Barack Obama will have vastly greater power to appoint nominees to cabinet posts and the judiciary after Senate...

  13. October 29, 2013

    Washington plays with fire again over America’s budget plans

    There is a myth pervading Washington these days. It is offering a dose of false comfort to people who want to believe that...

  14. October 20, 2013

    Washington’s Republicans gear up to take on Tea Party radicals

    Republican leaders are showing their willingness to confront Tea Party conservatives, raising hopes that the US will avoid...

  15. October 18, 2013

    US politics: They blinked

    It is a measure of the state of US politics that Barack Obama bonded instantly with the first foreign visitor to the White...

  16. October 16, 2013

    US rating put on negative watch on default fears

    Fitch Ratings placed the triple A credit rating of the US on negative watch, as efforts to end the budget impasse faltered...

  17. October 15, 2013

    Party foes bury the hatchet to chase deal

    Turning to Harry Reid on the Senate floor, Mitch McConnell offered the first concrete sign a US budget deal was in the wind...

  18. October 14, 2013

    Senate closes in on deal to reopen US government

    Senate leaders were late on Monday closing in on a deal to reopen the federal government and avert a potentially...

  19. FT Alphaville

    October 14, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Trading in markets across Asia was fairly muted as the stand-off continued in Washingtonover budget cuts and...

  20. October 13, 2013

    Senate takes over US budget negotiations

    Senate leaders are set to resume talks on Monday in their desperate attempt to resolve the stalemate over the US debt...

  21. October 2, 2013

    Mounting Wall Street fears of US default

    Wall Street leaders expressed mounting fears on Wednesday over the prospect of the first default by the US of its debt...

  22. September 29, 2013

    US budget: Sequestration nation

    Fort Campbell has an exceptional place in the history of US warfare. The sprawling military base, which straddles the...

  23. September 22, 2013

    Texas Republican Ted Cruz tests influence with call for unity

    Ted Cruz, the conservative Texas senator, called on Republicans to stand united on a strategy to disrupt “Obamacare” that...

  24. September 20, 2013

    Challenge to McConnell stymies deal on budget

    The precarious political future of a longtime lawmaker from Kentucky, the US state known for bourbon and horseracing, would...

  25. September 4, 2013

    Syria debate opens way for libertarian Paul

    For the next week, at least, Senator Rand Paul finds himself as the effective leader of the opposition. Since the start of...

  26. August 8, 2013

    McConnell campaign head recording adds to election challenges

    The campaign manager of Mitch McConnell has been caught saying that he was “holding my nose” to run the race, adding yet...

  27. June 23, 2013

    Out-of-control Republicans are out of step with the times

    Republican efforts to reverse the party’s “demographic death spiral” are expected to bear fruit this week with the Senate’s...

  28. May 16, 2013

    Obama under pressure over IRS scandal

    Republicans launch the first of a series of congressional inquiries on Friday into the targeting of conservative activists...

  29. April 9, 2013

    FBI asked to probe McConnell campaign leak

    The Republican leader in the US Senate has asked the FBI to investigate an embarrassing leak from his campaign office about...

  30. March 10, 2013

    Tea Party favourite builds up support

    Rand Paul emerged on the world stage as a critic of the Obama administration’s drone policy last week when he held up a...

  31. March 1, 2013

    Washington drifts into budget crisis

    Once, when a budget crisis was looming, the president and congressional leaders would have hunkered down for days ahead of...

  32. February 27, 2013

    Obama to meet lawmakers over cuts

    The White House will meet congressional leaders on Friday, the day that $85bn in automatic spending cuts known as...

  33. February 26, 2013

    Shipyard workers hear Obama warn over cuts

    Days before across-the-board budget cuts start to take effect, President Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail at...

  34. February 21, 2013

    US businesses sanguine about sequestration

    US business groups and chief executives are lobbying less aggressively to avert the looming budget sequestration than they...

  35. February 18, 2013

    Incoming SEC head faces early test

    A proposal to force public companies for the first time to disclose all their political activity to investors is emerging as...

  36. February 15, 2013

    Democrats pitch $110bn deal to avoid cuts

    Democrats in the US Senate are proposing to replace looming automatic spending cuts with deficit reductions worth $110bn,...

  37. January 31, 2013

    Hagel grilled by angry Republicans

    Chuck Hagel was subjected to a gruelling day-long interrogation by Republicans antagonistic to his nomination to head the...

  38. FT Alphaville

    January 14, 2013

    The Closer

    ROUND-UP Quote of the day: “I’m not going to give that any oxygen” — Ben Bernanke on the trillion-dollar coin at Monday’s...

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