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  1. September 4, 2014

    US midterms: At arm’s length

    The Reverend William Barber II leans on his cane outside of the North Carolina state house on a wilting summer afternoon,...

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. July 22, 2014

    The errors of conservatives obscure the case for trade

    Twenty years after Bill Clinton, former US president, signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, its very name chills...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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....

  11. 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:...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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....

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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....

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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