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    1. December 2, 2014

      Assassins, Menier Chocolate Factory, London – review

      Stephen Sondheim’s musical has always been a meditation on the shadowy underside of the American dream; it took Sam Mendes’...

    2. November 5, 2014

      Obama faces a serious test of his own relevancy

      Defining an electoral wave is about semantics. But the results do not lie. On Tuesday night Republicans took control of the...

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    1. The President's New Challenge 2013

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    1. October 31, 2014

      US politics: Eyes on the prize

      There was an element of ritual this week in the rush among jostling contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential...

    2. October 27, 2014

      Ronald Reagan’s career-making speech still shines 50 years on

      What were the great turning points of the cold war? You could make a case that one was 50 years ago on Monday when Ronald...

    3. October 26, 2014

      Obamacare’s drip-fed success

      Until recently it was seen as the political equivalent of Ebola. Yet President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act – known to...

    4. October 24, 2014

      Today’s Republicans run from Reagan

      I kind of miss Ronald Reagan these days. I voted against him both times he ran for president, but I find myself looking back...

    5. September 26, 2014

      Better late than never for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic

      Shortly after Apollo 8 entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve 1968, Pan American Airways announced plans for commercial...

    6. August 8, 2014

      James Brady, presidential official, 1940-2014

      Fate, in the form of a bullet, meant James Brady lived two lives. The first was as a burly wisecracking politico-about-town...

    7. August 4, 2014

      Arab turmoil makes Israel reckless and complacent

      When last week I saw a White House spokesman say that Israel’s bombing of a UN school was “totally indefensible”, I briefly...

    8. August 1, 2014

      ‘The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan’, by Rick Perlstein

      The opening backdrop to Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge is 1974, when Americans reeled from humiliation in Vietnam,...

    9. July 31, 2014

      Republican foreign policy debate

      It used to be said that the only foreign policy an ambitious Republican needed was a noun, a verb and 9/11. Now, apparently,...

    10. July 31, 2014

      Tough Judge Thomas Griesa weighs Argentina’s fate

      Before taking on Argentina’s debt exchange, Judge Thomas Poole Griesa’s most famous case involved a failed New York highway...

    11. FT Alphaville

      April 14, 2014

      Buffett derivatives, just ignore the volatility

      There’s an old Russian proverb, popularised by Ronald Reagan, which comes up among due diligence types: trust, but verify....

    12. April 4, 2014

      Charles Keating, financier and moralist, 1923-2014

      At the time it was a big deal – the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression. But in retrospect the US savings...

    13. March 23, 2014

      The strange revival of Republican America

      For years people have predicted the Republican party’s demise. The decline of whites as a share of the US population and the...

    14. FT Alphaville

      February 25, 2014

      India in thrall to not so dead economists (part two)

      Worrying imagery aside, the comparisons between Narendra Modi and either Thatcher or Reagan stand up to at least some...

    15. February 11, 2014

      Obituary: Shirley Temple, actress and ambassador, 1928-2014

      Shirley Temple, 1928-2014 She was the greatest child star of her generation, perhaps of all generations. In the 1930s,...

    16. January 27, 2014

      Barack Obama battles a sense of drift on State of the Union goals

      President Barack Obama has fallen short of the biggest targets he set in last year’s State of the Union address by failing...

    17. January 9, 2014

      Free polarised politics from its intellectual vacuum

      Cynics who say power is all that counts in politics forget that power without ideas is just improvisation. It is ideas that...

    18. January 2, 2014

      Archives 1984: Thatcher’s bad holidays and good hair days

      When is a holiday not a holiday? For Margaret Thatcher, it seems, downtime was not an option. The release of the former...

    19. November 14, 2013

      Review – The Butler

      The Butler is like some bonkers Advent calendar of American history. Every time a White House window opens, a film star’s...

    20. FT Alphaville

      October 18, 2013

      Concerned Californians call on Attorney General to look at Herbalife [update]

      Fancy that. We were only just discussing the powers available to the Californian authorities to look at Herbalife the other...

    21. October 3, 2013

      Excess self-esteem and the Tea Party

      Call them the trophy kids. They grew up at a time when every young American was a winner and every Little League sports...

    22. September 16, 2013

      Cruise missiles alone cannot secure credibility

      Viewed from Washington, the Syrian crisis has been only partly about chemical weapons. The other crucial commodity at stake...

    23. September 4, 2013

      Syria debate opens way for libertarian Paul

      For the next week, at least, Senator Rand Paul finds himself as the effective leader of the opposition. Since the start of...

    24. August 11, 2013

      The US president is weaker than you think

      Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era, by Joseph Nye, Princeton RRP£19.95/RRP$27.95 Having failed to...

    25. August 9, 2013

      Republican Bob Goodlatte is linchpin for US immigration reform

      Bob Goodlatte remembers the frustration he felt as an immigration lawyer in the 1980s, long before he was a Republican...

    26. June 24, 2013

      Good leaders don’t always need a vision

      Are leaders with transformational objectives and an inspirational style better than leaders with more modest objectives and...

    27. April 11, 2013

      Thatcher death stirs Republican nostalgia

      Ronald Reagan made sure that the last state visit to the US of his presidency was reserved for Margaret Thatcher and then...

    28. April 11, 2013

      Europe, sterling and Thatcher’s handbag

      Everyone who knew Margaret Thatcher felt at one time or other the bruising force of her handbag. My turn came during her big...

    29. April 11, 2013

      The day old-style conservatism died

      There were a lot of pictures of Ronald Reagan in the newspapers this week, and it felt a little weird. It’s been almost a...

    30. April 10, 2013

      Scapegoating Germany is easy but wrong

      The most terrifying words in the English language, according to Ronald Reagan, are: “I’m from the government and I’m here to...

    31. April 8, 2013

      Loyal friend who stood firmly beside US

      Margaret Thatcher has long been an idol of American conservatives, and her death on Monday prompted an outbreak of nostalgia...

    32. April 8, 2013

      Thatcher backed globalisation but defended nation state

      Margaret Thatcher had an impact on the global scene that is still playing out today. The three most important aspects of her...

    33. April 8, 2013

      Global tributes paid after Thatcher dies

      Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s longest-serving and only woman prime minister, has died aged 87 after a stroke, prompting...

    34. April 5, 2013

      Stockman feels force of Washington fury

      It takes a lot for an official who served at the heart of the White House to go beyond the pale in Washington, but a...

    35. April 5, 2013

      Second coming

      The only picture on Jerry Brown’s desk in the California state capitol building in Sacramento is a black-and-white...

    36. The A-List

      April 5, 2013

      The David Stockman phenomenon

      This week, a new book, “The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America” by David A. Stockman was published...

    37. Westminster Blog

      February 13, 2013

      Horsemeat lingers at the back as economy dominates PMQs

      Ed Miliband channelled Ronald Reagan as he used PMQs to push the prime minister on living standards – the issue likely to be...

    38. January 29, 2013

      Tom Clausen, admired World Bank chief

      Banker, 1923-2013 Top bankers who make the transition from private to public sector and back again, rarely draw equal...

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