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  1. 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....

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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,...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. November 21, 2013

    Republicans need new winning ideas

    Mitt Romney did his 2012 prospects no good when he referred to the US as a country of “makers versus takers”. Dismissing the...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. January 23, 2013

    CEOs can learn from Obama’s oratory

    Few are likely to remember the rhetorical flourishes of Barack Obama’s second inaugural address. Mr Obama’s “while these...

  29. January 21, 2013

    America’s debt dilemma: A looming crisis

    The US economy is in the doldrums, unemployment is stubbornly high and Social Security, the New Deal-era safety net for...

  30. 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...

  31. January 16, 2013

    Republicans urged to heed California threat

    A leading Republican strategist and pollster says the party is “dead” in California following its overwhelming defeat in...

  32. January 11, 2013

    UK should welcome timely words from US

    Britain’s debate about the EU is not just about Europe – it is also about the US. For the fiercest eurosceptics – who want...

  33. January 9, 2013

    Hagel debate reveals Republican chasm

    It was Jeb Bush, son and brother of former presidents and still a potential standard-bearer of the Republican party, who...

  34. 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...

  35. January 3, 2013

    The new prisoners of ideology

    Whatever happened to conservative pragmatism? Ideology used to belong to parties of the left. The right concerned itself...

  36. December 28, 2012

    The day Thatcher fell out with her ‘dear Ron’

    The cordial friendship between Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan came under severe pressure in 1982 when the prime...

  37. December 20, 2012

    A case remains for economic liberalism

    This is a good time to ask what is left of an outlook known to its enemies as neoliberalism and by at least some of its...

  38. November 14, 2012

    Cap on US tax breaks back on table

    Some of the most popular US tax breaks, including on mortgages and charitable donations, could be limited for wealthy...

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