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    1. 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...

    2. May 2, 2014

      US promoter of political interests

      If there is a profession synonymous in the public eye with all that is wrong in Washington today, it is that of lobbying,...

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    1. The President's New Challenge 2013

      Barack Obama has a hostile environment to negotiate as he tries to secure a legacy bey...
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    1. October 18, 2013

      Tom Foley, House speaker in a more collegiate Congress

      Tom Foley, who died on Friday at the age of 84, was the gentlemanly and effective Democratic speaker of the House of...

    2. October 17, 2013

      GOP moderates need a political machine

      For the past 20 years, American politics has been defined by Republican revolt. The rightwing radicalism that now worries...

    3. October 6, 2013

      Washington’s rolling seizures short-circuit US soft power

      People say America can afford a domestic seizure every now and then. Yet almost a week into its government shutdown, the...

    4. October 2, 2013

      White House 1990s victory gives no cause for Democratic optimism

      Ahead of his confrontation with Bill Clinton over the budget in the mid-1990s, Newt Gingrich, the then Republican Speaker of...

    5. FT Long Short

      October 1, 2013

      Why US government shutdown matters little

      Here’s the market reaction to the shutdown of (some of) the US government: Benchmark US 10-year Treasury yields rose 0.05...

    6. March 24, 2013

      As Congress sleeps the 2016 race begins

      As retirements go, Hillary Clinton’s is fairly run of the mill. Having slept off four years worth of gruelling diplomacy,...

    7. 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...

    8. March 1, 2013

      US sequestration: drama, comedy, horror

      Think of recent US fiscal policy as a film franchise – part drama, part comedy, part horror. The opening instalment was the...

    9. January 17, 2013

      The fiscal cliff: Stakes are ever higher as a bruising budget battle looms

      In June 2011, Barack Obama invited John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the US House of Representatives, for a round of...

    10. January 17, 2013

      DeMint urges face-off over debt ceiling

      With weeks to go before the US reaches its statutory debt limit, some conservatives inside and outside of Congress have been...

    11. January 9, 2013

      Budget battle veteran for economy hotseat

      Jack Lew’s selection as Treasury secretary elevates a low-key veteran of Washington’s budget battles with strong liberal...

    12. December 18, 2012

      Bernanke – the rebel with a cause

      To understand Ben Bernanke, it helps to set aside the ubiquitous pictures of today’s 59-year-old: the controlled beard, the...

    13. November 8, 2012

      Rove’s discomfort shows super-Pac failings

      Democrats are still delighting in Karl Rove’s near meltdown on election night when, on Fox News, the Republican strategist...

    14. November 6, 2012

      A triumph of strategy, money and theatre

      On a chilly Monday morning, on the election’s eve, an unusual Zen-like calm seemed to descend on three of Barack Obama’s...

    15. November 6, 2012

      Flood of independent money raises stakes

      If the 2012 presidential election campaign has been notable for one thing, it is money. From the Republican primaries to the...

    16. October 10, 2012

      Friends hail return of ‘real’ Romney

      After maintaining hardline policy positions to win over the most conservative elements of the Republican party, Mitt Romney...

    17. October 2, 2012

      Romney urged to be aggressive in debates

      Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for US president, should be aggressive and forward looking in Wednesday night’s first...

    18. July 8, 2012

      Survival of the weakest: economy vs Romney

      It is an electoral truth universally acknowledged that if the economy is doing badly the incumbent will lose. In the last 14...

    19. The World

      June 28, 2012

      Obamacare survives, but economy is what matters

      So primed was everyone for an iconoclastic Supreme Court ruling that it took a few moments to realise Obamacare had emerged...

    20. June 20, 2012

      Romney hedges bets on gambling tycoon

      When he became Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney was so wary of being associated with gambling interests that he refused...

    21. June 7, 2012

      Super-Pacs push funds through small banks

      The powerful Republican political groups that are poised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in this year’s election...

    22. The World

      May 30, 2012

      Donald trumps Mitt in bearing gifts for Barack

      Donald Trump in April 2012. Photo: Getty Images Anyone wondering if there is well-concealed method behind the Romney...

    23. May 28, 2012

      Romney emerges as a potent adversary

      The large swag of delegates up for grabs in Tuesday’s Republican Texas primary could finally make Mitt Romney the party’s...

    24. May 13, 2012

      Why Washington gridlock is here to stay

      It’s Even Worse Than it Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism, by Thomas...

    25. May 3, 2012

      Gingrich quits White House race

      Newt Gingrich officially ended his bid for the White House on Wednesday but stopped short of offering a wholehearted...

    26. April 27, 2012

      No sighs of relief as Newt bows out

      From Mr Wes Pedersen. Sir, Sensing the inevitable, Newt Gingrich has bowed out of the US presidential race. What must now...

    27. April 25, 2012

      Obama sets rallies to kick off campaign

      The US general election is officially under way, with Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters announcing the first formal...

    28. FT Alphaville

      April 25, 2012

      The 6am Cut London

      Apple reported a 94 per cent increase in profit. Net income rose to $39.2bn year over year in the fiscal second quarter,...

    29. April 24, 2012

      Romney sweeps five primaries

      Declaring that “a new America begins tonight”, Mitt Romney crowned himself as the presumptive nominee of the Republican...

    30. April 11, 2012

      Santorum quits with raised stature

      After launching his campaign last year for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination with no money and little prospect of...

    31. April 10, 2012

      Santorum’s safe return to nowhere

      Rick Santorum always was an improbable, even quixotic, candidate for the US presidency, let alone the Republican party...

    32. April 10, 2012

      Santorum exit clears way for Romney

      Rick Santorum has abruptly suspended his campaign for the US presidency, clearing the way for Mitt Romney to seal the...

    33. April 8, 2012

      Gingrich resists death throes of campaign

      From the cheering inside the Magnolia fire house, where the bright yellow trucks were parked outside to make way for the...

    34. April 6, 2012

      Let’s lose the religious labels

      You’d almost think Muslims really do control the world. Certainly the American and French elections seem to be mostly about...

    35. April 5, 2012

      Republican race tightens in Pennsylvania

      The Republican presidential race has sharply tightened in Pennsylvania, with Mitt Romney taking a lead over Rick Santorum in...

    36. April 4, 2012

      Romney sweeps three primaries

      Primary results (AP) State (Votes counted*) Mitt Romney Rick Santorum Newt Gingrich Ron Paul Maryland (92%) 47% 29% 11% 10%...

    37. March 30, 2012

      Trayvon Martin reaction sparks US race debate

      Barack Obama’s intervention in the event that has overwhelmed coverage of the presidential election in the US, the tragic...

    38. March 30, 2012

      America’s dream unravels

      It feels like you are entering a parallel universe. In reality it is just a few short steps down a plank into the neon-lit...

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