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Lame duck unleashed – Bulgarian in London asks ‘what next’ on US immigration

5 November 2014 12:52

London Careening through the city in a minicab last night, en route to a pub in Bloomsbury that had promised to screen US election results, the mustachioed driver confirmed my accent… Continue reading

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GOP Senate Candidate Jodi Ernst Casts Her Vote In Her Iowa Hometown

The Republicans will win the Senate tonight. Here’s how

4 November 2014 14:34

The Republicans will win the Senate tonight in their biggest such win in a generation, even though two states may vote again in December and January. The Senate is currently… Continue reading

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Obama moves against ISIS. This time, it’s a war worth fighting

8 August 2014 8:06

Back to Iraq, then. President Obama’s announcement last night that America would intervene militarily in defence of the Kurds is by any standards a stunning development. The President, whom hawks… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband and Barack Obama meet in the White House yesterday. Photo: @Ed_Miliband.

Ed Miliband comes to Washington — and nobody here notices

22 July 2014 7:56

Washington, D.C. Ed Miliband met with Barack Obama yesterday, haven’t you heard? The British press covered the visit with their usual gusto but the visit barely registered on the radar… Continue reading

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Michael Dobbs at Netflix's "House Of Cards" New York Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on January 30, 2013 in New York City.

Michael Dobbs shuffles Cards in the House of Lords

14 May 2014 12:26

Filming of season three of Netflix’s House of Cards will begin in four weeks’ time in Maryland, creator Michael Dobbs revealed at Norman Tebbit’s book launch last night. Lord Dobbs,… Continue reading

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America’s Left is just as ‘eccentric’ as its Right

9 May 2014 17:04

Rory Sutherland writes in this week’s magazine that the Mozilla/Brendan Eich affair has finally put him off his dream of moving to the United States, quoting Andrew Sullivan that ‘The… Continue reading

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Negotiations Continue On Capitol Hill One Day Before Debt Limit Deadline

Debt emergency over – now for the Republican Party’s existential crisis

16 October 2013 20:22

Phew! America has stopped banging its head against the debt ceiling. For now. The world’s pre-eminent power can carry on ruining itself for a while longer — until the next… Continue reading

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Is Britain getting fatter? And how is the NHS coping coping?

The View from 22 podcast: fat Britain, Westminster reshuffles and Obamacareless

10 October 2013 9:07

Does Britain have an obesity problem? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson discuses the bizarre steps taken by the NHS to deal with our growing weight problem.… Continue reading

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Niall Ferguson, a prominent deficit hawk. Image: PA

America is not facing a debt crisis. Why pretend otherwise?

8 October 2013 14:29

The maths of America’s financial problems are fairly simple. Every year the federal government spends more than it brings in so must borrow to fill the gap. This is fine… Continue reading

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How is Obama escaping blame for the government shutdown?

1 October 2013 13:06

Barack Obama may not be a great president, but he is a wizard at the blame game. He has fought ‘fiscal brinkmanship’ battles throughout his presidency, and he tends to… Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton, the Unstoppable Power Machine

30 September 2013 18:35

Hillary Clinton is overwhelming favourite to be America’s next President  - and this time nobody, especially not no pesky filmmaker, will get in her way. Charles Ferguson, who was working… Continue reading

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Barack Obama has been named 'Islamophobe of the Year'

Barack Obama and public opinion on Syria

6 September 2013 17:14

There are a number of obvious differences between last week’s vote in Parliament and the forthcoming Congressional vote on Syria. But today when he gave his closing statement at the… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Barack Obama bond over a barbecue in the Downing Street garden. Picture: Getty

Obama follows Cameron by seeking Congressional approval for Syria strike

31 August 2013 19:26

As he licks his wounds after this week’s Commons defeat on Syria, David Cameron will have been given a huge boost this evening to hear that President Obama has decided… Continue reading

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Cameron and Obama: our relationship is still special

30 August 2013 21:11

David Cameron and Barack Obama spoke this evening about their special relationship. Normally when people start talking a lot about their relationships in public, it’s because something is wrong (or… Continue reading

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The Thin Red Line

23 August 2013 9:33

The elasticity of President Obama’s ‘Red Line’ on Syria seems to be being stretched to breaking point following this week’s chemical weapons attack by Bashar Assad in a Damascus suburb,… Continue reading

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Zimmerman verdict: the American Left only likes juries when they get the result they want

16 July 2013 17:22

There is almost nothing more emotive than a murder trial, particularly when it takes place in the United States and involves the shooting dead of a black boy on the… Continue reading

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Egyptian President Morsy Ousted In Military Coup

Egyptian coup underlines America’s diminishing influence in the Middle East

5 July 2013 13:53

This week’s coup in Egypt leaves President Obama’s administration in an awkward position. Although the State Department has insisted it remained neutral in the dispute, American taxpayers have been supporting… Continue reading

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Obama and Cameron in the Oval Office today. Picture: Getty

Barack Obama appears happy to help a leader in a spot of bother

13 May 2013 17:38

Barack Obama just threw a protective arm around David Cameron at their joint press conference, stressing that ‘you have to see if you can fix what’s broken in an important… Continue reading

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The suspiciously sudden rehabilitation of George W. Bush

24 April 2013 14:21

Are we hearing the opening chords of the George W. Bush redemption song? The Atlantic thinks so. This week he’s opening his huge presidential library, and a new Washington-ABC poll shows that… Continue reading

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Martin Luther King was assassinated on 4 April 1968. Picture: Getty Images

45 years ago: The death of Martin Luther King

4 April 2013 18:21

45 years ago tonight, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr was shot and killed as he stood on a motel balcony, aged just 39. Here is the leader from the following… Continue reading

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A rally for a ban on assault weapons; but what exactly is an 'assault weapon'? Image: Getty

America’s ‘gun culture’: Does anyone actually know what an ‘assault weapon’ is?

18 February 2013 11:50

Before British coverage of the American debate on gun control goes any further, I have to hope the BBC and a lot of other Anglo-Saxons who really ought to be… Continue reading

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Singer Jennifer Hudson performs 'America The Beautiful' with the Sandy Hook Elementary School Chorus prior to the start of Super Bowl. Picture: Getty

Sandy Hook and the Super Bowl

4 February 2013 18:18

Last night’s Super Bowl advertising gives an interesting insight into the ongoing gun debate following the Newtown shooting in December. Super Bowl adverts have become a phenomenon in their own… Continue reading

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Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing to become the next secretary of defense. Picture: Getty

What if Chuck Hagel is just another plodding politico?

1 February 2013 14:43

It looks as if the anti-Chuck Hagel lobby, despite a successful day yesterday at his confirmation hearings, won’t prevent their nemesis from becoming US Secretary of Defense. Yesterday Hagel seemed… Continue reading

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Sketch: Obama’s inauguration

21 January 2013 21:00

It was like Narnia at today’s inauguration. Half a million Obama fans gathered in Washington to shiver as their leader was sworn in for the second time. (Or the fourth,… Continue reading

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Barack Obama at his swearing-in today. Picture: Getty

Obama’s left-wing inaugural address

21 January 2013 18:38

Obama’s second inaugural address was probably one of the most left-wing speeches he has made since the Democratic primaries in 2008. It hit all the liberal notes, from women’s equality… Continue reading

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