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    1. August 10, 2014

      Second-term presidents cost America 40 lost years

      Disillusionment with Washington has rarely run higher. Congress is unable to act even in areas where there is widespread...

    2. August 5, 2014

      Forty years after Nixon and the talk of impeachment goes on

      Forty years ago this week Richard Nixon resigned as president of the US, an epochal event. He thereby staved off almost...

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    1. August 3, 2014

      Republicans must regain their foreign policy realism

      Which US party has taken America closest to Armageddon? The answer is the Democrats under John F Kennedy in the 1962 Cuban...

    2. July 28, 2014

      A Clinton in power will not bring back the good times

      Back in 1992 I was watching from the balcony of Madison Square Garden as Bill Clinton accepted the Democratic party...

    3. July 22, 2014

      Republicans reach out to voters via Silicon Valley

      Michael Mayernick and his team have spent 24 hours hunkered down with pizza and energy drinks. The result is an app that...

    4. July 18, 2014

      Rand Paul challenges Republican foreign policy ahead of 2016 poll

      Dick Cheney, still unrepentant about the Iraq war, called Barack Obama the “worst president” in his lifetime in multiple...

    5. June 12, 2014

      Bush and Clinton pass the pork test

      US politics and breakfast sausage have a good deal in common these days. In both realms, people are becoming pretty excited...

    6. June 10, 2014

      Clinton’s soft tread and ‘Hard Choices’

      Hillary Clinton is launching a book with the kind of coast-to-coast tour that has all the trappings of a presidential...

    7. June 9, 2014

      Hillary Clinton’s chance to make amends

      Hillary Clinton may not officially have made up her mind whether to run for the US presidency in 2016. Everyone else has...

    8. April 11, 2014

      A push for Bush in 2016 is dangerous for Republicans

      The strangest advertisements in recent US political history may have been a set of billboards that appeared in early 2010....

    9. April 9, 2014

      Clinton and Bush face common hurdles in any presidential race

      At least one person is likely to welcome Jeb Bush to the 2016 US presidential race should he be the Republican candidate:...

    10. April 3, 2014

      US parties expect flood of cash after removal of donations cap

      The conga line of Republican presidential aspirants who traipsed to Las Vegas at the weekend to pay homage to conservative...

    11. April 2, 2014

      US Supreme Court strikes down donation limits

      The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for more money to flow into US politics, striking down as unconstitutional limits...

    12. March 30, 2014

      America’s democracy is fit for the 1%

      Is inequality bad for US democracy? Not according to the US Supreme Court. In the next few weeks America’s apex court is...

    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. March 2, 2014

      Republican hopes for vote victory mask presidential poll fears

      Since Barack Obama won the White House in 2008, the conventional narrative about the Republicans has had a single main...

    15. January 26, 2014

      A high stakes brand merger for Clinton and Obama

      After he won the Democratic crown in 2008, Barack Obama told friends that if Hillary Clinton succeeded him as president “I...

    16. March 22, 2013

      GOP needs more than borrowed rhetoric

      When voters lose trust in a political party, its leaders usually chalk it up to a lack of discernment. The Growth and...

    17. January 21, 2013

      The audacity of experience

      It was the voice of experience that spoke when Barack Obama delivered his second inaugural address in Washington on Monday....

    18. January 20, 2013

      Obama must atone for his carbon omissions

      With its references to raging storms, icy currents and gathering clouds, the weather featured heavily in Barack Obama’s...

    19. January 1, 2013

      A year in a word: Forty-seven

      1. the percentage of Americans who pay no income tax; 2. Mitt Romney’s percentage share of the popular vote. Words were...

    20. November 22, 2012

      Obama tries to repair ties with Netanyahu

      The eruption of violence in and around the Gaza Strip over the past week has given President Barack Obama the chance to...

    21. November 21, 2012

      Republican pantheon casts Romney adrift

      In the brief interlude since the US presidential election, Mitt Romney is being airbrushed from the Republican pantheon with...

    22. November 20, 2012

      There is hope yet for Afghanistan

      Name the country in which a recent opinion survey revealed the following: 52 per cent of the people believe it is moving in...

    23. November 19, 2012

      Obama’s focus is still on Middle East

      It seems another lifetime ago, but it is only four weeks since Barack Obama and Mitt Romney debated foreign policy. In the...

    24. November 19, 2012

      Gulf states plan fresh arms spending

      Gulf states are planning a fresh round of big arms buys from US and European manufacturers, as they replace old equipment...

    25. November 18, 2012

      US and Thailand upgrade ties

      President Barack Obama notched up the first diplomatic success of his southeast Asian tour on Sunday when Thai leader...

    26. November 18, 2012

      Climate policy and the shale boom

      President Barack Obama picked a bad week to rediscover his interest in climate change. His comments on Wednesday last week...

    27. November 18, 2012

      Obama’s path to Xanadu runs via Jerusalem

      All in is the title of the Paula Broadwell biography of David Petraeus – and thus a good phrase to avoid just now. Yet Tom...

    28. November 18, 2012

      Asean curbs US regional security role

      Southeast Asian leaders have agreed not to “internationalise” the maritime disputes in the resource-rich South China Sea, in...

    29. November 16, 2012

      Stocks stabilise as budget talks begin

      Friday 21:05 GMT. US stocks staged a tentative rebound after sustaining sharp declines this week as Barack Obama met...

    30. November 15, 2012

      White House gives few clues on cabinet

      Such is the mood in Washington after Barack Obama’s re-election that when Deval Patrick was invited to dinner at the White...

    31. November 15, 2012

      Why Republicans lost – but can win again

      Republicans offer four main explanations of their defeat in the 2012 presidential election. Theory 1: Really, it was not...

    32. November 14, 2012

      Wonks dust off radical revenue-raising ideas

      Tax policy in the US is suddenly in play. The first priority is to resolve the fiscal cliff, but the new environment is...

    33. November 14, 2012

      Pelosi to stay pivotal to budget bargaining

      Nancy Pelosi defied expectations and said she would seek re-election as the Democratic party leader in the House of...

    34. November 13, 2012

      Fighting on edge of a cliff

      If US voters recall one promise from Barack Obama’s campaign, it is a fair bet they would cite tax increases for the rich....

    35. November 13, 2012

      Tough talk is not the way to woo Latinos

      A few months ago I was in San Francisco where, on a chilly Sunday morning, I met a senior adviser to Mitt Romney’s election...

    36. November 13, 2012

      China internet retail – Singles’ day

      OK, Cyber Monday, let’s see what you’ve got. China’s equivalent – Singles’ day, or Double 11 – is already twice the size of...

    37. November 12, 2012

      Obama election sparks ‘DeMarco trade’

      Investors in the US are marking down the prices of securities backed by mortgages written before the financial crisis,...

    38. November 12, 2012

      Rating agencies wait to pass verdict on US

      As Republicans and Democrats manoeuvre to avoid the fiscal cliff they have to remember one crucial constituency: the rating...

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