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  1. August 18, 2014

    Indictment imperils Rick Perry’s US presidential hopes

    Even after being detained for drunk driving, held in restraints and having her face covered with a “spit mask”, the chief...

  2. August 16, 2014

    Texas governor indicted on alleged misuse of power

    Rick Perry, the Texas governor, has been indicted on allegations that he misused his office to force the resignation of a...

  1. December 30, 2013

    Texas billionaire Harold Simmons dies at 82

    Billionaire Harold Simmons, one of the richest men in the US and a major contributor to the Republican party, has died in...

  2. July 13, 2013

    Texas passes restrictive abortion law

    The Republican-controlled Texas legislature has passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the US following a...

  3. July 8, 2013

    Perry not seeking re-election as Texas governor

    Rick Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas history, announced he would not seek re-election next year but left open...

  4. May 12, 2013

    US: In an unhealthy state

    The Texas miracle never made it to Brownsville. The grim statistics that plague this border town in the Rio Grande Valley,...

  5. April 4, 2013

    Budget axe starts landing on economic ‘lifelines’

    South Padre Island is a holiday hotspot during the midterm spring break from schools. But the annual influx of 60,000...

  6. April 3, 2013

    Obama nears Arkansas health deal

    The Obama administration is closing in on a deal that would pump billions of dollars into private insurance schemes for the...

  7. March 31, 2013

    Perry under pressure to accept Obamacare

    Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, is facing pressure from fellow Republicans to drop his opposition to accepting billions...

  8. February 15, 2013

    Texas wrangles with California for business

    Rick Perry likes coming to Beverly Hills. “I always have a good time here,” says the governor of Texas, wearing black tennis...

  9. 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...

  10. November 9, 2012

    It’s the post-election earnings, stupid

    Our man won. That was the reaction of one prominent UK-based investor to the news of Barack Obama’s re-election. The...

  11. 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...

  12. August 1, 2012

    Tea Party cheers victory of rising star

    The conservative Tea Party movement has a new Hispanic star, with the stunning victory of Ted Cruz in the Republican Senate...

  13. July 31, 2012

    Tea Party candidate wins in Texas

    The conservative Tea Party movement inflicted a further blow on the Republican party establishment on Tuesday night when Ted...

  14. July 10, 2012

    US hospitals face financial problems

    Hospitals in some US states are facing a potential financial crisis after a string of Republican governors rejected a...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. May 15, 2012

    Latin vote will count in US election

    It was September last year when Rick Perry stumbled over the issue of illegal immigrants. Within weeks, the Texas governor’s...

  18. May 7, 2012

    Obama campaign attacks treason comment

    The Obama administration has admonished Republican rival Mitt Romney after the former Massachusetts governor failed to...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. March 19, 2012

    Billionaire floods super-Pacs with funds

    In the 1990s, when donations to political action committees in the US were capped at $5,000, Harold Simmons pressed his...

  22. Money Supply

    March 5, 2012

    Brady's bill on the Fed

    Kevin Brady, Texas Republican and vice-chair of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, will introduce a bill to reform...

  23. February 29, 2012

    Romney seeks to keep momentum

    Mitt Romney bounded on to the podium in Toledo, on Wednesday morning still wearing the look of relief from the victory he...

  24. Material World

    February 21, 2012

    Bracelets by another name

    Most of the fashion world may be focused on the current round of women’s runway shows with Milan Fashion Week beginning...

  25. February 15, 2012

    Turkey-US harmony has its limits

    When Rick Perry, at the time still a contender for the Republican presidential nomination, suggested last month that Turkey...

  26. February 10, 2012

    Right wing promises Romney a rough ride

    Josef Lipp, a bearded 23-year-old who helps produce “values” documentaries, sums up the thoughts of many conservatives with...

  27. The World

    February 8, 2012

    Money can't buy Mitt love

    If the Republican presidential candidates were your neighbours, Newt Gingrich would be in a bitter dispute with you about...

  28. February 1, 2012

    Rich donors play pivotal US primary role

    In the final few months of last year, Harold Simmons, a committed and wealthy conservative, outlaid about $8.6m of his and...

  29. The World

    January 20, 2012

    The Romney machine stalls

    Mitt Romney had a bad day yesterday. A slew of new polls in South Carolina which votes on Saturday, show that Romney has...

  30. January 19, 2012

    Perry ends presidential campaign

    Newt Gingrich was endorsed for the Republican leadership nomination by Rick Perry, the Texas governor, as he departed the...

  31. January 17, 2012

    Romney extends lead for nomination

    Mitt Romney has extended his lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, running two-to-one ahead of his...

  32. January 16, 2012

    Legal flaws give free rein to super-Pacs

    When Stephen Colbert named his fellow comedian Jon Stewart as head of his “super-Pac” last week, he was making a joke, but...

  33. January 15, 2012

    Romney maintains strong lead over rivals

    Mitt Romney heads into the final week of campaigning for the pivotal South Carolina primary with a strong lead over his...

  34. January 13, 2012

    A tale of private equity and steel

    Rick Perry has been warning Republican voters in South Carolina this week about the devastation wreaked in the state by Mitt...

  35. January 12, 2012

    Romney hits back at rivals’ attack ads

    Mitt Romney pushed back strongly against an onslaught of attack advertisements in South Carolina, defending his record as a...

  36. January 12, 2012

    The bane of Bain

    US primary campaigns operate under different rules from normal politics – what is said and done comes at a deep discount....

  37. January 12, 2012

    Politics and the American language

    George Orwell died 62 years ago this month. But he is still the source of some of the best commentary around for anyone...

  38. The World

    January 11, 2012

    The strengths and weaknesses of Mitt Romney

    My friends in the press will do their utmost to keep a sense of excitement going, as the US presidential election heads to...

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