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    1. December 21, 2014

      Ticket to the White House set to cost at least $1bn

      It is set to be one of the toughest US presidential races and certainly its most expensive. With 687 days to go to election...

    2. December 18, 2014

      The tantalising prospect of a Bush-Clinton race

      It is early days. But Jeb Bush’s decision to “actively explore” a presidential run bodes well for the 2016 election. Some...

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    1. December 17, 2014

      Jeb Bush’s web of interests face scrutiny as he ‘explores’ presidential bid

      When Jeb Bush announced on Tuesday that he would “actively explore” a 2016 presidential bid, he jumped to the front of a...

    2. December 17, 2014

      Jeb Bush boldly semi-declares ambition

      Among split infinitives, “to actively explore” must surely rival Star Trek’s “to boldly go”. Though the latest in a long...

    3. December 16, 2014

      Jeb Bush tests choppy Republican waters

      As Jeb Bush appeared to edge closer to a presidential run in recent months, pundits have salivated over the prospect of a...

    4. December 16, 2014

      Four ways Jeb Bush differs

      Jeb Bush has staked out sharply divergent positions from the Republican party’s conservative base on at least four key...

    5. December 16, 2014

      Jeb Bush exploring 2016 US presidential bid

      Jeb Bush has formally declared his interest in running for the presidency in 2016, firing the starting gun on a race that...

    6. November 30, 2014

      Hillary Clinton’s rickety bridge to the White House

      The grand view of American politics is that Republicans have a lock on Congress, while Democrats have an inbuilt White House...

    7. November 21, 2014

      Republican aspirants’ immigration outrage

      President Barack Obama’s planned reform of immigration rules has reignited an issue likely to roil the 2016 presidential...

    8. November 14, 2014

      Politics: can sensible be sexy?

      This week Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida (and second son of George Bush), has been discreetly pressing the flesh...

    9. November 9, 2014

      Obama vows to press ahead with immigration reform

      Immigration reform is developing into the first big clash between the White House and Republicans since a crushing electoral...

    10. November 9, 2014

      Republican rule could hold well past 2016

      After elections, politicians always profess to have heard the message sent by voters. In the wake of the Democrats’ big...

    11. November 4, 2014

      The permanent campaign rolls on to 2016

      As if she were the candidate herself, Hillary Clinton swept on to the stage last of all at Transylvania University in...

    12. November 2, 2014

      Obama can learn from George W Bush

      The day after the 2006 congressional election, George W Bush admitted Republicans had received a “thumping”. President...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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....

    24. 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:...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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....

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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