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  1. The World

    October 1, 2013

    US shutdown: a radical Republican triumph

    Ted Cruz (Getty) There is an old joke that the foreigners should be allowed to vote in US presidential elections because the...

  2. November 7, 2012

    Republicans need to think long and hard

    America has just spent dollars beyond the dreams of avarice on an election – and nothing has changed. Barack Obama, a...

  1. September 10, 2012

    As goes Maine, so goes the nation

    Now that the party conventions are done and dusted, the real world beckons. A good place to start is the far north-eastern...

  2. August 21, 2012

    Maine maverick aims to shake up Senate

    Angus King is difficult to pigeonhole. The independent candidate to become the next senator for the New England state of...

  3. July 5, 2012

    US candidates on compromise course

    Heather Wilson has been criss-crossing New Mexico this week, hitting all the notes expected of a Republican candidate for...

  4. May 10, 2012

    Lugar’s demise

    Rarely has conventional wisdom crystallised as rapidly as it has in response to this week’s ousting of Richard Lugar, the...

  5. February 29, 2012

    Republican woes

    Every now and then great parties suffer internecine convulsions. It happened to the Democrats during the Reagan years. It...

  6. February 29, 2012

    Moderate Snowe will not seek re-election

    Olympia Snowe, the moderate Republican senator from Maine, will not seek re-election, dealing a blow to her party’s hopes of...

  7. July 29, 2011

    Search for the path to a US debt deal

    Democratic leaders in the Senate were racing against the clock to clinch Republican support for their plan to raise the debt...

  8. FT Alphaville

    December 20, 2010

    Obama to end military’s gay ban

    The FT reports that the US ban on gay Americans serving openly in the military headed towards repeal as President Barack...

  9. December 19, 2010

    Obama ends military’s gay ban

    The US ban on gay Americans serving openly in the military was repealed on Wednesday as President Barack Obama signed...

  10. July 30, 2010

    Senate fails to pass business lending bill

    A White House-backed effort to kick start lending to struggling small businesses failed in the Senate on Thursday as...

  11. July 20, 2010

    US Senate votes to extend jobless benefits

    The US Senate on Tuesday voted to advance legislation that will extend unemployment benefits for millions of citizens,...

  12. July 20, 2010

    Obama urges end to stalemate on benefits

    President Barack Obama on Monday urged Congress to end the legislative stalemate over unemployment benefits, ahead of a key...

  13. FT Alphaville

    July 13, 2010

    Finance reform set to clear Senate

    US financial reform has enough votes to pass the Senate after three Republicans said they had decided to back the...

  14. July 12, 2010

    Wall St reform proposal wins key support

    US financial reform has enough votes to pass the Senate after three Republicans said they had decided to back the...

  15. July 2, 2010

    Move to end drug deals with generic rivals

    Congress is inching closer towards ending multi-billion-dollar agreements between branded drugmakers and their generic...

  16. April 29, 2010

    Senators push for tighter border security

    Three top Democratic senators yesterday circulated an immigration reform plan calling for tighter border security and tough...

  17. April 29, 2010

    Senators push for tighter border security

    Three top Democratic senators on Wednesday circulated an immigration reform plan calling for tighter border security and...

  18. December 11, 2009

    Healthcare reform poised to clear hurdle by Christmas

    Barack Obama's healthcare reform, the signature policy of his presidency, is looking likely to clear its most formidable...

  19. December 11, 2009

    Healthcare reform draws nearer

    Barack Obama's healthcare reform, the signature policy of his presidency, looks likely to clear its most formidable obstacle...

  20. December 10, 2009

    Healthcare reform draws nearer

    Barack Obama’s healthcare reform, the signature policy of his presidency, looks likely to clear its most formidable obstacle...

  21. October 28, 2009

    Costs dominate healthcare debate

    Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate majority leader, acquired an unlikely - and possibly fleeting - folk-hero status among US...

  22. October 27, 2009

    Costs dominate US healthcare debate

    Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate majority leader, acquired an unlikely – and possibly fleeting – folk-hero status among US...

  23. October 27, 2009

    Health bill will include public option

    Harry Reid, the US Democratic Senate leader, yesterday signalled the tide may have turned in favour of a more liberal...

  24. October 27, 2009

    US health bill will include public option

    Harry Reid, the US Democratic Senate leader, yesterday signalled the tide may have turned in favour of a more liberal...

  25. October 26, 2009

    US health bill will include public option

    The White House, where workers on Monday hoisted a pink ribbon in honour of breast cancer awareness, has gone to great...

  26. October 22, 2009

    Community banks targeted in help for small businesses

    Barack Obama's administration announced further measures to try to help credit-starved small businesses yesterday, offering...

  27. October 19, 2009

    Centrists in US Senate to play pivotal role in health reform

    The Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill faces a battle to persuade a pivotal group of centrist senators to vote in favour...

  28. October 18, 2009

    Centrists in US Senate to play key role in health reform

    The Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill faces a battle to persuade a pivotal group of centrist senators to vote in favour...

  29. October 14, 2009

    Healthcare bill backed by Senate committee

    President Barack Obama said yesterday's Senate committee vote for a centrist $829bn healthcare bill brought the US closer...

  30. October 14, 2009

    Obama warns of hard work ahead after key victory

    Barack Obama said yesterday's Senate committee vote for a centrist $829bn healthcare bill brought the US closer to his...

  31. October 14, 2009

    Democrats boosted by moderate's vote move

    Democratic efforts to overhaul the US healthcare system received a significant boost yesterday when Olympia Snowe, the...

  32. October 13, 2009

    Senate committee passes healthcare bill

    President Barack Obama said Tuesday’s Senate committee vote for a centrist $829bn healthcare bill brought the US closer to...

  33. October 9, 2009

    Senate to vote on health reform budget

    The Senate finance committee is set to vote next Tuesday on the centrist $829bn healthcare plan that could form the...

  34. October 8, 2009

    Boost for Baucus on cost of healthcare reform

    Max Baucus, the centrist Democratic senator, last night had a boost from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office when...

  35. October 8, 2009

    Boost for Baucus on cost of healthcare reform

    Max Baucus, the centrist Democratic senator, re-ceived a boost from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office last night...

  36. October 7, 2009

    Boost for Baucus on cost of health reform

    Max Baucus, the centrist Democratic senator, got a boost from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday...

  37. September 24, 2009

    Senate Democrats rebuff call to cost health bill

    Republican senators on the influential finance committee on Wednesday failed to delay Democratic attempts to pass a...

  38. September 17, 2009

    'Bipartisan' bill lacks Republican support

    Centrist Democratic senators introduced their long-awaited "bipartisan" healthcare plan yesterday without the public option...

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