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  1. January 17, 2014

    Peace in our time

    When war broke out in August 1914, crowds in Trafalgar Square cheered. In Germany, even the liberal novelist Thomas Mann...

  2. June 9, 2013

    Sontag: Reborn, New York Theatre Workshop – review

    The journals of Susan Sontag, the American intellectual who died in December, 2004, at the age of 71, do not make for...

  1. January 3, 2013

    Old issues haunt US Congress

    Fresh from an acrimonious fiscal cliff fight, the US Congress Thursday started a new two-year session. But far from a fresh...

  2. November 7, 2012

    Senator vows equal pay fight

    Elizabeth Warren last year missed out on the chance to become the first official head of the financial watchdog she helped...

  3. May 21, 2012

    Gridlock is death for deliberation

    From Mr Michael Shank. Sir, Edward Luce is spot on regarding Capitol Hill appraisal of partisanship pulling punches on...

  4. May 13, 2012

    Why Washington gridlock is here to stay

    It’s Even Worse Than it Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism, by Thomas...

  5. April 6, 2012

    The joys of being up close and personal

    One lunchtime a few weeks ago, I went to Waterstones in Piccadilly to hear Nadine Gordimer talk about her wonderful new...

  6. December 16, 2011

    Building hope

    Can architecture cure cancer? Can buildings make you better? Can space heal? Nah, ’course not. No matter what claims are...

  7. October 31, 2011

    Obama uses orders to bypass Congress

    Barack Obama’s new slogan – “we can’t wait” – appears to be more than just rhetoric as the president increasingly relies on...

  8. September 30, 2011

    Good foundations

    The year 2002 was a busy one for Andrea Dibelius. She moved house, got married and started a new job at the DaimlerChrysler...

  9. March 25, 2011

    The Hamptons of Tuscany

    A 16th-century villa in the hills near Forte dei Marmi on sale for €30m Lying between the Apennine Mountains and the wide...

  10. March 10, 2011

    Republicans boosted by Wisconsin vote

    The late-night passage of a contentious anti-union measure in the Wisconsin state legislature has buoyed the Republican...

  11. February 10, 2011

    Republicans struggle to rein in conservatives

    The new Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is struggling to assert control of its members ahead of a...

  12. October 5, 2010

    Republicans vow to undo health reform

    Two days before their vote on landmark health reform last March, Barack Obama told skittish Democrats on Capitol Hill that...

  13. September 6, 2010

    Obama finds patience thinning

    Jobs drive: unemployed Americans apply for school bus work near Los Angeles at the weekend. The US jobless rate climbed to...

  14. July 2, 2010

    'Home free' Kagan spars with senators at hearings

    Elena Kagan, the Obama administration's second nominee for the Supreme Court, once dismissed confirmation hearings for the...

  15. July 2, 2010

    'Home-free' Kagan spars with senators at hearings

    Elena Kagan, the Obama administration's second nominee for the Supreme Court, once dismissed nomination hearings for the...

  16. July 1, 2010

    Kagan spars with senators at hearings

    Elena Kagan, the Obama administration’s second nominee for the Supreme Court, once dismissed nomination hearings for the...

  17. May 20, 2010

    Main parties receive wake-up call from insurgent candidates

    Democrats and Republicans were poring over primary results in four states yesterday for clues of voter sentiment ahead of...

  18. May 19, 2010

    US parties receive wake-up call from insurgents

    Democrats and Republicans were on Wednesday poring over primary results in four states for clues of voter sentiment ahead of...

  19. March 19, 2010

    Woman in the News: Nancy Pelosi

    When Nancy Pelosi was a child growing up in the Little Italy section of Baltimore, she would sit in her family’s living...

  20. March 9, 2010

    North German shipowners face perfect storm

    Thomas Mann would recognise a great deal in the office of a contemporary north German shipowner. The air of genteel calm,...

  21. March 8, 2010

    German shipowners face perfect storm

    Hamburg in 1949: with some requests for state support turned down, there are fears that southern Germans in the federal...

  22. January 21, 2010

    Party faithful start to question strategy

    Democrats were conducting an autopsy yesterday into their humiliating Massachusetts Senate defeat, an upset that underlines...

  23. January 7, 2010

    Dorgan move poses risk for party

    For all the noise around Chris Dodd's forthcoming departure from politics, it is the decision to stand down by Byron Dorgan,...

  24. January 6, 2010

    Dorgan move poses risk for Democrats

    For all the noise around Chris Dodd’s forthcoming departure from politics, it is the decision to stand down by Byron Dorgan,...

  25. January 2, 2010

    The Magic Mountain

    The Magic Mountain By Thomas Mann Vintage £9.99/$19 Published in 1924 and set between 1907 and 1914, Thomas Mann’s great...

  26. October 17, 2009

    Small Talk: Rachel Cusk

    Hounded by critics for A Life’s Work (2001), her frank portrait of motherhood, Rachel Cusk has also explored the trials of...

  27. September 29, 2009

    Wanting versus having

    Britten's Death in Venice does not need gondolas or bridges to conjure a sense of place. Just as in the Thomas Mann novella...

  28. September 28, 2009

    Death in Venice, Theater an der Wien, Vienna

    Britten’s Death in Venice does not need gondolas or bridges to conjure a sense of place. Just as in the Thomas Mann novella...

  29. September 8, 2009

    Democrats eye Snowe for healthcare support

    As President Barack Obama tries to reclaim his authority over the US healthcare debate, all eyes are increasingly fixed on...

  30. June 23, 2009

    Arcandor may ease insolvency stigma

    German bankruptcy experts believe troubled retailer Arcandor could help to end the century-old national prejudice that...

  31. June 22, 2009

    Arcandor shows way on restructuring

    German bankruptcy experts believe troubled retailer Arcandor could help to end the century-old national prejudice that...

  32. June 5, 2009

    Congress to be pushed on healthcare reform

    Barack Obama will this weekend put his formidable "grassroots" election campaign machine into action to pressure Congress...

  33. June 5, 2009

    White House in healthcare push

    Barack Obama will this weekend put his formidable "grassroots" election campaign machine into action to press Congress to...

  34. June 4, 2009

    Obama to push Congress on healthcare reform

    Barack Obama will this weekend put his formidable “grassroots” election campaign machine into action to pressure Congress to...

  35. March 24, 2009

    Whipping boy caught in catch-22 predicament

    If the stock market is the barometer of Tim Geithner's public standing, yesterday's announcement on toxic assets proved a...

  36. March 23, 2009

    Whipping boy caught in Catch-22 predicament

    If the stock market is the barometer of Tim Geithner’s public standing, Monday’s announcement on toxic assets proved a...

  37. February 4, 2009

    Twin blow for Obama as Daschle pulls out

    Barack Obama was yesterday grappling with his first full-throated political crisis as Tom Daschle, his closest Washington...

  38. February 3, 2009

    Twin blow for Obama as Daschle quits

    Barack Obama is grappling with his first full-throated political crisis following the withdrawal on Tuesday by Tom Daschle,...

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