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    1. August 11, 2015

      Free Lunch: America cleans up

      Sound economics, promising politics With the "Clean Power Plan" announced by Barack Obama last week, the US government...

    2. July 2, 2015

      War hero Jim Webb joins White House race

      Jim Webb, the Vietnam war hero and former Virginia senator, on Thursday became the 19th contender in the race for the...

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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. June 26, 2015

      Justices shape US direction for decades

      Long after President Barack Obama leaves office, long after new justices are appointed to the US Supreme Court and long...

    2. May 13, 2015

      Rubio vows tough stance on China

      Marco Rubio, the Cuban-American Republican running for president, on Wednesday vowed to restore a “moral clarity” to US...

    3. March 6, 2015

      California is too far out for politics

      The 2016 US presidential campaign is now well under way — with the donations flowing and the front pages frothing — but...

    4. February 18, 2015

      New Bush sweeps clean on foreign policy

      Jeb Bush knows George W Bush, he was raised with George W Bush and can safely declare that he is no George W Bush. That...

    5. January 23, 2015

      ‘American Sniper’ shows Eastwood’s soft side

      Once upon a time, American conservatives believed that they were sitting on top of the world. Those were the days when...

    6. January 4, 2015

      US should enjoy afternoon sunshine while it lasts

      Three decades ago, Ronald Reagan declared “Morning in America” after years of economic turmoil. His timing was perfect....

    7. January 2, 2015

      Former New York governor Mario Cuomo dead at 82

      Mario Cuomo, the three term governor of New York and most vivid voice for liberal causes in the era dominated by the...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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 –...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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,...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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,...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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