US politics

Donald Trump Visits Mexico

Trump’s immigration rhetoric is more subtle than his opponents realise

1 September 2016 13:07

To say Donald Trump ‘double-downed’ last night on his border rhetoric would be an understatement. He went full anti-illegal immigration…

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How Donald Trump shacked up with the alt-right

23 August 2016 20:17

When Donald Trump hired Stephen K. Bannon, the executive chairman of the right-wing media site Breitbart, to head his campaign last…

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JFK airport’s terror scare felt like a metaphor for modern America

16 August 2016 11:12

I was crammed into the narrow cupboard of the Alitalia Business Class lounge at John F. Kennedy airport, along with…

Jeremy Corbyn Launches Ten Promises To Transform Britain

Boring Corbyn has got it all wrong on personality politics

6 August 2016 8:00

Brits sometimes think that ‘personality politics’ is a bad thing. Jeremy Corbyn has certainly suggested as much; just before he…

Sen. Bernie Sanders Launches Presidential Bid In Vermont

Who does Bernie Sanders think he is?

27 July 2016 12:24

You have to admire Bernie Sanders’s chutzpah. For almost the entirety of his over 40-year career in politics, Sanders pointedly abstained…

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We can’t ignore the religion of the Orlando gay club gunman

12 June 2016 16:15

Last night a gunman attacked a gay club in Orlando, Florida. At present at least 50 people are confirmed dead…

Bernie Sanders Campaigns Across Iowa Ahead Of Caucuses

Is Bernie Sanders’ zombie campaign hurting Hillary Clinton — or helping her?

9 June 2016 12:50

Washington, DC The Bernie Sanders campaign has always been touched by irony. Now it is turning into a mad joke.…

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Hillary Clinton’s nomination is a setback for feminism

8 June 2016 11:46

Women of the world unite! Back Hillary Clinton! Otherwise, prepare to be damned to that special place in hell that…

Bernie Sanders Campaigns In SF Bay Area One Day Before California Primary

Donald Trump must be delighted that Bernie Sanders won’t back down

7 June 2016 10:25

Feeling the Bern lasts only so long, it turns out. Now for the hangover. One of my friends posted a message…

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Americans are unable to resist the siren call of Clinton and Trump

5 May 2016 17:17

Imagine, if you will, two epileptics trying to share a bowl of noodles and you will get a sense of…

Can America survive Donald Trump?

5 May 2016 16:37

There have been many hyperbolic headlines about Donald Trump these last few days and weeks, so I’d like to add…

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It’s Trump vs Hillary: a race that should terrify all conservatives

4 May 2016 18:44

This morning, Ted Cruz bowed out of the race. Now, John Kasich has given up. As a result Donald J. Trump, the most…

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The Cruz-Kasich alliance has failed to stop Donald Trump

27 April 2016 9:57

Another Tuesday, another triumph for Donald Trump. The Republican frontrunner had a clean sweep at last night’s primaries, winning easily…

G7 Leaders Meet For Summit At Schloss Elmau

Boris v Barack on Brexit

16 April 2016 10:55

The US President flies into town next week to wish the Queen a happy 90th birthday and to encourage Britain…

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Viva Obama! Viva Fidel! Viva Jean-Claude Juncker!

24 March 2016 12:04

In Cuba, they are shouting: ‘¡Viva Obama! Viva Fidel!’ What a slogan. The FT headline ignorantly described this as a…

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Donald Trump, American Iconoclast

7 March 2016 12:28

What’s different about Donald Trump? Forget about the hair for a while, if you can. What sets him apart is…

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What Donald Trump’s Super Tuesday triumph says about America

2 March 2016 13:38

It was, in the end, the best possible night for Donald Trump. On Super Tuesday, 12 American states voted for…

GOP Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio Holds SC Primary Night Gathering

Can Marco Rubio now catch Donald Trump? It’s a big ask

21 February 2016 1:23

It was obvious that Donald Trump would win the South Carolina Republican Primary tonight. Polls are never that far off.…

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The Jeb Bush family nostalgia tour isn’t working

16 February 2016 11:27

Remember when Tony Blair begged Labour supporters not to go for Jeremy Corbyn? Remember how well that turned out? Yesterday…

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Did Donald Trump go too far against Jeb Bush last night? Probably not

14 February 2016 10:46

If Jeb Bush is to have any chance of winning the Republican nomination in 2016, he needs a ‘media moment’.…

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The irony of Bernie Sanders: why American kids love the 74-year-old socialist

10 February 2016 11:37

Manchester, New Hampshire ‘Anybody here got any student debt?’ asks Bernie Sanders halfway through his speech at a rally in…

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US election 2016: New Hampshire primary – as it happened

9 February 2016 23:55

New Hampshire The Spectator’s deputy editor Freddy Gray is currently in New Hampshire. Here’s his report from the evening as the…

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Will the New Hampshire primary see the return of ‘the crazy’?

9 February 2016 14:59

As the first results of the Iowa caucus began to come through, a remarkable prospect dawned on US election analysts.…

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Marco Rubio is the only candidate who understands America’s global role

6 February 2016 10:00

Last week, I was in the United States, where the media are even more subject to groupthink than their British…

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Why is Jeb Bush still running?

5 February 2016 16:46

Washington, DC The Bush family hates to lose. Yet Jeb Bush — child of one president; brother of another —…