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    1. December 13, 2014

      $1.1tn budget bill delayed in US Senate

      The US government continued to live off stopgap funding on Saturday as conservative opposition slowed the progress of a...

    2. September 18, 2014

      US approves plan to arm Syrian rebels

      The US House of Representatives voted in favour on Wednesday of the Obama administration’s plan to train and arm moderate...

    1. September 9, 2014

      Netflix joins net neutrality protests

      A coalition of some of the web’s most popular sites – including Netflix, Kickstarter and Reddit – will on Wednesday stage an...

    2. August 5, 2014

      Forty years after Nixon and the talk of impeachment goes on

      Forty years ago this week Richard Nixon resigned as president of the US, an epochal event. He thereby staved off almost...

    3. 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,...

    4. February 6, 2014

      Boehner dents hopes for immigration reform

      The Republican leader who last week launched a push for US immigration reform has dented the hopes of pro-reform activists...

    5. December 12, 2013

      US budget passes House by large majority

      A US budget deal hailed as lifting the cloud of political dysfunction hanging over the world’s largest economy cleared the...

    6. December 11, 2013

      Republicans drop all-or-nothing strategy in budget wars

      The Republican leadership in Congress has completed a dramatic about-turn on Washington’s perennial budget wars with their...

    7. November 17, 2013

      Pelosi seeks to keep Democrats in line amid heathcare turmoil

      The Democratic leader in the House of Representatives sought to keep her party from splintering further over the disastrous...

    8. 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...

    9. September 17, 2013

      Obama to face fresh test of resolve over budget talks

      Jack Lew, the US Treasury secretary, said on Tuesday that the administration would not negotiate over congressional approval...

    10. August 31, 2013

      Obama faces battle to convince US Congress on Syria

      The immediate response from many members of Congress – Republicans and Democrats alike – to Barack Obama’s decision to ask...

    11. May 24, 2013

      US political gridlock is good for shares

      It’s not often you’ll read about US politics in these pages but bear with me, as there’s a good financial reason why I’m...

    12. May 17, 2013

      Lunch with the FT: Nancy Pelosi

      Nancy Pelosi is beaming as she bustles into the House of Representatives dining room on Capitol Hill, which combines the...

    13. 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...

    14. February 10, 2013

      Obama targets jobs and growth

      President Barack Obama will put job creation at the centre of his second term agenda, laying out a broad vision for robust...

    15. January 6, 2013

      Cracks widen in US debt ceiling debate

      Democrats and Republicans have started the new year stand-off over the US debt ceiling by airing their stark differences...

    16. FT Alphaville

      November 29, 2012

      The Closer

      ROUND-UP The Fiscal See-Saw. The S&P 500 closed up 0.4 per cent at 1,415 in choppy trading (Financial Times). “No...

    17. November 14, 2012

      Pelosi to stay pivotal to budget bargaining

      Nancy Pelosi defied expectations and said she would seek re-election as the Democratic party leader in the House of...

    18. September 27, 2012

      Made in the US

      Earlier this summer, when Senator Harry Reid and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi began posturing dramatically about the...

    19. July 26, 2012

      US House feels pressure on farming crisis

      Republicans in the House of Representatives are coming under growing pressure to aid farmers hit by America’s worst drought...

    20. FT Alphaville

      July 9, 2012

      The Closer

      ROUND-UP Another down day for US stocks. Global growth and the eurozone were blamed as the S&P 500 fell 0.16 per cent...

    21. June 28, 2012

      US House holds Holder in contempt

      The Republican-led House of Representatives has held Eric Holder, the US attorney-general, in contempt of Congress over the...

    22. February 17, 2012

      US Congress passes payroll tax extension

      The US Congress on Friday passed a bipartisan $150bn bill to extend the payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits until the...

    23. January 3, 2012

      Shadow US campaigners display power

      Iowans have hardly been able to turn on their televisions for weeks without being assaulted by a barrage of punchy political...

    24. November 10, 2011

      Perry stumbles in Republican debate

      The leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination have said the European financial crisis is a matter for...

    25. July 31, 2011

      Debt deal’s prospects in House uncertain

      The announcement by Barack Obama that a deal had been reached to increase the US debt ceiling late on Sunday night did not...

    26. July 31, 2011

      Democrats delay US debt ceiling vote

      The Senate Democratic leadership has delayed a vote to advance legislation to raise the US debt ceiling until Sunday, giving...

    27. July 30, 2011

      US leaders in last-minute debt talks

      The Republican leaders in Congress signalled that they were close to reaching a deal with President Barack Obama to raise...

    28. July 28, 2011

      Republicans abandon debt ceiling vote

      Republican leaders in the House of Representatives on Thursday abandoned efforts to vote on a plan to raise the nation’s...

    29. July 26, 2011

      Democratic congressman Wu resigns

      PORTLAND, Ore, July 26 – David Wu, Oregon Democratic congressman, accused of an unwanted sexual encounter with a campaign...

    30. July 15, 2011

      Obama says time to get ‘serious’

      By Richard McGregor in Washington Barack Obama has urged congressional leaders to “avert Armageddon” as the deadline...

    31. July 14, 2011

      US debt crunch: A nation taken to the limit

      Near the end of his meeting with members of Congress on Wednesday, Barack Obama snapped at Eric Cantor, the House of...

    32. July 14, 2011

      Strained debt talks test limit of Boehner’s powers

      In September, 2008, then Treasury secretary Hank Paulson famously got down on one knee before Nancy Pelosi, who was Speaker...

    33. July 7, 2011

      Hopes rise of compromise in debt talks

      At a secret White House meeting last Sunday on the eve of Independence Day, John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the...

    34. July 7, 2011

      Obama hopeful on fiscal crisis talks

      President Barack Obama and John Boehner, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives, signalled they were both...

    35. June 16, 2011

      Lewd images cost Weiner his job

      Anthony Weiner speaks to the media during a news conference in New York on Thursday Anthony Weiner, the politician linked to...

    36. June 9, 2011

      Western hopes for Assad dashed

      In the international debate on Syria, France has stood out, dispensing with the political ambiguity of partners and telling...

    37. June 6, 2011

      Congressman admits sending lewd photo

      Anthony Weiner, the New York Democratic representative who had insisted for days that he had not sent a photograph of...

    38. May 31, 2011

      US House votes against raising debt ceiling

      The first vote to increase the $14,300bn US borrowing limit has failed, highlighting the persistence of deep divisions...

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