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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...

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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 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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,...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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,...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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%...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. March 28, 2012

    Romney captures Bush and Rubio endorsements

    Mitt Romney’s path to the Republican nomination has cleared further after two new high-profile endorsements and Newt...

  38. March 25, 2012

    Santorum hopes to build on Louisiana victory

    Rick Santorum said there was an outpouring of support for him in Wisconsin as he sought to turn a resounding victory in...

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