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    1. July 13, 2015

      Donald Trump’s rivals are the real ‘silent majority’

      It is often said politics is the only career in which experience counts against you. Donald Trump’s surging poll...

    2. June 23, 2015

      Southerners silenced too long by symbolism of Confederate flag

      When I was growing up in Georgia in the 1970s and 80s, the Confederate battle flag was part of the visual and cultural...

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    1. June 21, 2015

      Republicans wary on ‘Confederate’ battle

      Charleston church shooting kills 9 Republican presidential candidates have delicately danced around questions over...

    2. June 15, 2015

      Jeb Bush left to play catch-up in Republican race

      When Jeb Bush, the son of one former president and brother of another, revealed in December that he was exploring a run...

    3. May 8, 2015

      Texas bristles at Obama’s ‘invasion’

      President Barack Obama plans to launch a military operation this summer that will see the special forces which killed...

    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...

    5. January 30, 2015

      Too much Koch cash is bad for the rightwing

      To the victors belong the spoils. Until recently, that was the golden rule of the political game for the people who...

    6. January 30, 2015

      Romney rules out third White House run

      Mitt Romney has ruled out another run for the US presidency in 2016, ending weeks of speculation about his intentions...

    7. January 18, 2015

      Joe Sixpack, the jihadis and the US presidential election of 2016

      The new trend in US politics is stealing each other’s clothes. Given how polarised America has become, there is a...

    8. January 17, 2015

      Romney shifts stance from failed 2012 bid

      Mitt Romney confirmed on Friday that he was weighing a third US presidential bid, as he tested out a campaign message...

    9. January 10, 2015

      Romney eyes a third White House run

      Mitt Romney has told donors he is considering a third bid for the White House in 2016, potentially joining an already...

    10. December 21, 2014

      Ticket to the White House set to cost at least $1bn

      It is set to be one of the toughest US presidential races and certainly its most expensive. With 687 days to go to...

    11. December 18, 2014

      The tantalising prospect of a Bush-Clinton race

      It is early days. But Jeb Bush’s decision to “actively explore” a presidential run bodes well for the 2016 election....

    12. December 17, 2014

      Jeb Bush boldly semi-declares ambition

      Among split infinitives, “to actively explore” must surely rival Star Trek’s “to boldly go”. Though the latest in a...

    13. November 21, 2014

      America excels at absorbing immigrants

      One of the most revealing moments in the long, tortured American debate on immigration policy came a few years ago when...

    14. November 19, 2014

      Immigration Timeline: pathway to showdown

      1965: The US adopts the Immigration and Nationality Act, also known as the Hart-Celler Act, abolishing an earlier quota...

    15. MBA blog

      November 3, 2014

      A few of my favourite things

      View of the Boston Charles River at sunset When I conducted my business school research, I asked many alumni if they...

    16. October 24, 2014

      The risk that QE will generate inequality

      It was inevitable that two of the greatest obsessions of the economics world – inequality and quantitative easing –...

    17. October 24, 2014

      Democrats battle sour economic mood

      The US economy has grown but incomes have not – creating a mood of sour populism directed largely at Barack Obama that...

    18. October 21, 2014

      Debate rages on quantitative easing’s effect on inequality

      Since quantitative easing began in the US, Japan and UK, their central banks have created billions of dollars, yen and...

    19. October 17, 2014

      The working classes deserve respect

      In the lovely new British film Pride, a busload of London gay activists heads for a Welsh village to support the coal...

    20. October 16, 2014

      Romney’s hints at a comeback reveal Republican weakness

      Mitt Romney, a two-time loser in presidential elections – once rejected by Republican voters and then trounced four...

    21. October 9, 2014

      Kansas shows its independent streak

      Next month Jack Watkins, a registered Republican, will do something he has never done before: vote for the opponent of...

    22. October 3, 2014

      Five lessons from the US jobs report

      Jobs growth was excellent in September. It leaves the US Federal Reserve with a tricky task at its next meeting but...

    23. October 3, 2014

      A gaffe is forever on the US campaign trail

      For Bruce Braley, the fundraiser with a group of fellow lawyers was to be a discreet affair, where the Democratic...

    24. September 15, 2014

      Technology drives US midterms battle for small donors

      A non-profit organisation pulling in donations averaging just $28 a time has become one of the Democratic Party’s most...

    25. August 5, 2014

      Political spouses are safest kept out of the spotlight

      My husband, my hero.” Sarah Brown’s emetic speech to the Labour party conference in 2009 must rank as one of the most...

    26. July 25, 2014

      Truth is fiercely contested in Gaza war

      Jon Stewart summed it up best. When he raised Israel’s conflict in Gaza on his comedy show this week, the faces of four...

    27. June 27, 2014

      ‘Big Money’, by Kenneth Vogel – review

      Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp – On the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American...

    28. June 13, 2014

      Washington debate over Iraq crisis could define next election

      Hillary Clinton’s new book on her time as US secretary of state is organised by geography: there are chapters on China,...

    29. May 9, 2014

      Mitt Romney backs Obama on minimum wage

      Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, backed President Barack Obama on what is arguably his top...

    30. May 1, 2014

      US racism hits a high-tech hurdle

      A half century ago, it was easy to spot a US racist. They were cocksure men such as the late George Wallace, who stood...

    31. March 23, 2014

      The strange revival of Republican America

      For years people have predicted the Republican party’s demise. The decline of whites as a share of the US population...

    32. March 9, 2014

      Buyout world likely to dodge tax rise

      Ever since the buyout boom of 2007 and Blackstone chief executive Steve Schwarzman’s lavish $3m 60th birthday party,...

    33. Off Message

      March 3, 2014

      Notes on Ukraine

      “We must at least take consolation in the thought that we did not begin the war, that we are only defending our...

    34. January 22, 2014

      Former Virginia governor and wife charged with accepting gifts

      The former Virginia governor and his wife have been charged with illegally accepting gifts from a local businessman in...

    35. January 9, 2014

      Christie’s political rehabilitation will take time

      There are no frontrunners for a US 2016 presidential election nearly three years away, but until this week, no one had...

    36. December 6, 2013

      Inequality rules

      Every generation has thinkers who support the right to accumulate great wealth. Such figures are reviled by...

    37. November 21, 2013

      Republicans need new winning ideas

      Mitt Romney did his 2012 prospects no good when he referred to the US as a country of “makers versus takers”....

    38. November 20, 2013

      Inequality moves to the front line of US politics

      When Mitt Romney was asked in last year’s presidential race about Barack Obama’s highlighting of inequality, he...

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