United States

After Obama

Matthew Doyle  |  9 December 2014

Matthew Doyle examines the names in the frame for the next Democratic presidential nomination November’s midterm elections in the United States generated bad headlines for the Democrats because the loss of the Senate means Barack Obama will struggle to get any legislative governing done in his last two years in post, short of wielding his …

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Ready for Hillary?

Helen Gibson  |  9 December 2014

In Ready for Hillary? former British ambassador to the United States Robin Renwick provides readers with a clear portrait of the woman potentially poised to make history as the first female president of the US. Renwick covers, briefly, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s upbringing, family background and experience as a student, before moving on to her relationship …

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Why did the Republicans win so big in the midterms?

Inside Washington  |  5 November 2014

Yesterday’s midterms gave full control of Congress to the Republicans. The Democrats lost the Senate, where they had held a majority for eight years, and fell even further back in the House. It leaves Barack Obama as something of a lame duck president for his final two years, and makes meaningful legislative change in the …

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Memo on … foreign affairs

Paul Richards  |  18 July 2014

Congratulations on your appointment as foreign secretary. You join Ernest Bevin, Herbert Morrison, James Callaghan, Tony Crosland, Robin Cook, Jack Straw and David Miliband in the pantheon. As you mount the Grand Staircase, and stroll around the Locarno Suite and Durbar Court, you will find it hard not to be in awe of your new …

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Saving a broken euro

Joseph Stiglitz  |  18 July 2014

As we survey the damage from the years of crisis and recession in Europe that finally seems to be ebbing, there is a sigh of relief that the eurozone has not fallen apart. But the return to growth is a far cry from a return to prosperity. At the current pace of ‘recovery,’ no return …

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The US on Independence Day

Inside Washington  |  4 July 2014

It is always strange as a Brit celebrating American Independence Day in the United States when the event they are celebrating is when they kicked the British out of the country. When Americans bring it up I make a few bad jokes about how everyone would be better off if they were still a colony, …

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Hard Times

Stephen Beer  |  11 June 2014

From the start, there was something different about the last recession. The financial crisis hit all sectors of the economy at the same time and demand fell across the economy. People were angry yet the backlash was relatively muted. The Occupy demonstrations for a time seemed to express the public mood, but the campers took …

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Common Core controversies

Inside Washington  |  29 May 2014

There is considerable controversy across the United States right now about the introduction of the Common Core States Standards Initiative, a drive across the majority of states and the federal government to set core standards for maths and English (or ‘math’ and ‘English language arts’, in American!). The Common Core standards have been developed over …

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Obamacare: vote-winner or vote-loser?

Inside Washington  |  11 April 2014

A bitter, protracted Maryland winter is at last coming to an end. It has been the coldest winter in decades, and, though the total snowfall was not a record, the number of snowstorms surely was. Federal employees have been asked to stay at home on almost a dozen occasions because of the treacherous conditions on …

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The Europe Dilemma: Britain and the Challenges of EU Integration

Sally Gimson  |  6 March 2014

Roger Liddle sees himself as an evangelist for Europe. This book’s target reader, he says at the beginning, is ‘the genuine sceptic, in the true meaning of the Oxford Dictionary of English – “a person inclined to question or doubt accepted opinions”’. But, however much Liddle tries to cast himself as an outsider, this is …

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