US politics

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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 —…

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Can Donald Trump be the ‘establishment’ candidate? Yes, he can

23 January 2016 12:56

It sounds ridiculous, I know. The Grand Old Party, the party of Lincoln, could never want Donald Trump. Everybody knows…

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Donald Trump is capitalising on America’s declining middle class

22 January 2016 17:31

While watching MPs in the House of Commons debate banning a politician they find disagreeable, my first thought was to…

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Spot the difference: Trump wants to ban people; people want to ban Trump

20 January 2016 13:17

The shamelessly censorious MPs and petition-signers who want Donald Trump banned from Britain are basically saying: ‘Oh my God, he…

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Why the smart money is still betting against Donald Trump

14 January 2016 14:57

Would you bet against Donald Trump becoming president? Lots of us have. British gamblers have reportedly put more than £1…

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Donald Trump represents the views of millions of Americans. Does the BBC not realise this?

8 December 2015 10:30

If you saw the BBC Ten O’Clock News last night you will have witnessed Nick Bryant’s dispassionate, even-handed treatment of…


There’s absolutely nothing polite about political correctness

12 November 2015 12:44

I hope anyone who sees footage of the two shrieking women at Yale and Missouri will finally concede that political correctness is not…


Yale students have exercised their right to be treated like children

9 November 2015 15:01

Shrieking girl. There it is. I’ve been trying to think of a less gendered, less belittling phrase for the subject…

Joseph "Joe" Biden, Jr. (born November 20, 1942) 47th and current Vice President of the United States since 2009.

Joe Biden’s moment is now

13 October 2015 23:27

On 7th February 2000, for the first time in American history, a First Lady (a sitting one at that) took…


Maggie’s great, but can’t the US find an inspiring American woman to go on their banknote?

19 September 2015 19:53

Banknotes, again. Now it’s America’s turn to suffer the unintended consequences of an ill-implemented campaign to inject some XX chromosomes…

Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally And Picnic In Iowa

The summer of Trump may soon be over – but the damage has still been done

6 September 2015 11:45

They call it the summer of Trump. Only a year ago everyone expected the 2016 presidential election to be a…

Hillary Clinton Campaigns In New Hampshire

If Hillary Clinton keeps playing the gender card, others will too

14 August 2015 16:16

The American presidential race seemed more like a playground fight than a clash of politics this week as would-be Democratic…

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Westminster’s obsession with US politics is both embarrassing and foolish

30 April 2015 13:42

Can you sense it? That thrill in the air? The feeling that suddenly the Labour campaign is just somehow more…

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Nigel Farage tells Republicans to ‘reach out to the grassroots’. But should have stayed at home?

27 February 2015 7:47

Nigel Farage is becoming a jet setter. Yesterday evening, he addressed the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) of Republicans…

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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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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…


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…

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…