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  1. 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 and the...

  2. 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,...

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  1. The President's New Challenge 2013

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  1. 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 country, our...

  2. 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 a...

  3. 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 done...

  4. December 6, 2013

    Inequality rules

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

  5. 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”. Dismissing the...

  6. 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 dismissed...

  7. November 8, 2013

    New York’s De Blasios win in style

    It has been a week of trans-oceanic change, from Nicolas Ghesquière taking the design chair at Louis Vuitton in Paris to...

  8. November 4, 2013

    Sesame Street joins Michelle Obama

    Client: Produce Marketing Association Territory: US Verdict: 4/5 The Obamas have a history of co-opting Sesame Street...

  9. October 30, 2013

    Obama to appeal for patience over healthcare reform glitches

    Barack Obama will try to bolster support of his signature healthcare law in Massachusetts on Wednesday with pleas for...

  10. October 11, 2013

    Republicans face backlash over US shutdown

    Suzanne Bowen, an elderly assistant at the local pharmacy in Bristol, a gritty town on the outskirts of Philadelphia, leans...

  11. October 3, 2013

    The Republicans have a Tea Party problem

    One year ago this week, Mitt Romney, then the Republican party’s presidential nominee, scored a surprising victory in his...

  12. September 29, 2013

    The Republican lost cause – bringing Barack Obama down

    There is no need to watch Gone with the Wind to grasp the American south’s taste for lost causes. Just watch Congress. Some...

  13. August 12, 2013

    Obama enlists poll campaign veterans to roll out care reforms

    Barack Obama is relying on the campaign team who helped secure his second term in office to oversee the rollout of his...

  14. August 9, 2013

    How Romney got it wrong

    Collision 2012: Obama versus Romney and the Future of Elections in America, by Dan Balz, Viking, RRP$32.95, 400 pages Many...

  15. July 18, 2013

    McCarthy confirmed as EPA chair

    Gina McCarthy was confirmed as the new administrator of the US’s Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday afternoon, 154...

  16. June 30, 2013

    US immigration reform bill faces House hurdle

    The House of Representatives will not pass an immigration reform bill that includes a way for illegal immigrants to become...

  17. June 26, 2013

    Obama’s ‘war on coal’ carries risks in battleground states

    Barack Obama’s decision to empower federal regulators to cut carbon emissions from US power plants has elevated an already...

  18. beyondbrics

    June 26, 2013

    Further reading: Q-change

    Wednesday’s watercooler from the BB team: Qatar in transition x3; Brazil’s love of cars backfires; and doubts over the 28th...

  19. May 28, 2013

    Focus on federal aid in storm state offers president respite

    Barack Obama was offered respite from his political problems in Washington when he was reunited with an unlikely ally – New...

  20. 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...

  21. May 5, 2013

    Gay couples gloomy over US immigration reforms

    A year ago, Martin Chavez married his British partner Adam Norbury in New York. Months later, he was promoted to Goldman...

  22. March 19, 2013

    A party of old men

    America’s Grand Old Party is perceived as “narrow-minded”, “out of touch” and full of “stuffy old men”, according to an...

  23. The World

    March 19, 2013

    Israel and the US: ten things to watch out for on Obama's Middle East trip

    Body Language. The worst-kept secret in diplomacy is the bad blood between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu. When he was...

  24. March 17, 2013

    Middle East: Second shot, long shot

    When Barack Obama returns to the Middle East this week, there will be little of the effusive optimism that defined his visit...

  25. March 15, 2013

    A least-worst tax

    Taxes are always a regrettable necessity, but some are less regrettable than others. A tax that strengthens energy security...

  26. March 11, 2013

    Immigration exposes political weakness

    Republicans in the US had not finished grieving over their election loss before they began to debate their party’s hardline...

  27. March 11, 2013

    Why prediction markets still have a future

    If Intrade’s closure turns out to be permanent, many will mourn its passing. But it is unlikely that this move spells the...

  28. March 3, 2013

    Las Vegas Sands admits possible law breach

    Las Vegas Sands, the casino group controlled by billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, has admitted in a regulatory...

  29. February 25, 2013

    Virginia’s old guard keeps on the road

    If you think government in Washington is a bad joke, as the sequestration fiasco reveals in all its pointless details, then...

  30. February 15, 2013

    Wealthy donors debate Republican ‘rebrand’

    Advisers to Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn, the Las Vegas casino billionaires who were once known for their bitter rivalry,...

  31. The A-List

    February 13, 2013

    Obama sets a lose-lose trap for Republicans

    Barack Obama campaigned and won re-election without anything much resembling a second-term programme. On the campaign trail,...

  32. February 7, 2013

    Rubio rises despite immigration rift

    The choice of Marco Rubio to deliver the Republican reply to Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, which he will do in...

  33. January 30, 2013

    Republicans start to shift budget stance

    So used has Washington become to budget brinkmanship, and the one-minute-to-midnight deals that follow, that the city was...

  34. January 22, 2013

    India: Factory owners urged to raise ambitions for export success

    At first glance, it looks like good news for India: an Indian carmaker announced this month that it sold more vehicles than...

  35. January 20, 2013

    Swedish buyouts warn on tax threat

    Sweden’s biggest private equity firms, which are the targets of spectacular tax probes, are urging the government to put in...

  36. January 17, 2013

    Environment: Conversation on climate change issue is yet to begin

    When Barack Obama was elected president for a second time in November, climate change campaigners around the world breathed...

  37. January 17, 2013

    Immigration: Hopes are high for transforming big promises into brave actions

    President Barack Obama has put immigration reform at the top of his second-term legislative agenda, saying a bill will be...

  38. January 17, 2013

    Foreign policy: Middle East distracts from long-term aims

    President Barack Obama’s first overseas trip after the election was supposed to set the tone for his second-term foreign...

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