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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

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

Maggie and Ronnie back in 1988. (MIKE SARGENT/AFP/Getty Images)

Row builds over the US Senate’s silence on Lady Thatcher

16 April 2013 13:54

Further to my report yesterday, the Heritage Foundation, the giant conservative think-tank that has its own Margaret Thatcher Centre to study and promote the Special Relationship, has weighed in: ‘To refuse to honour… Continue reading

The late Margaret Thatcher touches the flag draped coffin of former President Ronald Reagan on 09 June 2004. (STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)

US Senate strangely silent over Margaret Thatcher

15 April 2013 16:23

In deference to Lady Thatcher’s immense popularity across the Pond, the US House of Representatives paid tribute to her. But the US Senate has been oddly reluctant to follow suit.… Continue reading

Chris Christie, the Republican Governor of New Jersey, will be up for reelection next year. Picture: Getty Images

America’s new political battles begin

17 November 2012 14:40

It may be less than a fortnight since the 2012 US elections, but it’s never too early to start speculating about what might happen in the next ones. So here’s… Continue reading

With the elections over, Speaker Boehner and President Obama have resumed negotiations aimed at avoiding the fiscal cliff. Picture: Getty Images

Briefing: The US fiscal cliff

9 November 2012 15:49

With the elections over and Barack Obama returned to the White House for four more years, the attention of US politicians has turned to the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ — a… Continue reading

Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are both very likely to keep their jobs after next week's elections. Picture: Getty Images.

US Elections: Will everything just stay the same?

30 October 2012 17:06

We’re now just a week away from election day in the United States. And after all the campaign rallies, all the debates, all the billions of dollars spent, it looks… Continue reading

Elizabeth Warren is one of several Democratic Senate candidates who has pulled ahead recently. Picture: Getty Images

Democrats pull ahead in key US Senate races

18 September 2012 10:09

When I looked at the battle for the United States Senate back in July, I said it’d be tough for the Democrats to retain control. But since then — and… Continue reading

Senate To Vote On Debt Limit Bill, After House Passed It

The fight for the Senate

15 July 2012 13:00

The battle for control of the White House is, of course, the big US politics story of the year. But what about the building at the other end of Pennsylvania… Continue reading

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America’s version of the ‘tax the rich’ debate

17 April 2012 9:27

While the battle continues to rage over the government’s plan to cap tax relief, on the other side of the Atlantic the US bill that inspired it has been killed.… Continue reading


Parliament prepares to take on Murdoch

13 July 2011 9:00

Politicians are swarming all over the phone hacking scandal today, in even greater number than during the past week. If it isn’t the main topic at PMQs at noon, then… Continue reading


What’s Wrong with the United States Senate?

12 January 2011 22:21

Plenty, obviously and not the least of it is the sort of person that gets elected to the world’s most insufferably self-regarding body. But what really annoys high-class liberals such… Continue reading


Victory, but there’s little triumphalism as Republicans look to court America

3 November 2010 9:05

Hysteria has lapsed into disaffection: it was a bleak night for President Obama. But, despite the apparent immediacy of a ‘conservative moment’, there is caution in Republican circles this morning:… Continue reading


Republicans take control of the House, Democrats cling on in Senate

3 November 2010 6:43

The Democrats have lost control of the House of Representatives. The Republican party looks to have picked up more than 60 seats in the lower house, slightly more than they… Continue reading


Security Theatre Comes at a Price

7 September 2010 17:02

Quick public service announcement*: you’ve only got a few hours left to register to avoid having to pay £9 every time you want to enter the United States. Yup, even… Continue reading


Is the United States Senate Broken?

10 August 2010 15:30

In one sense, yes it is. The Senate may be the world’s most exasperating deliberative body. As with it’s Roman counterpart there’s a growing sense that the Senate has outlived… Continue reading


Robert Byrd, 1917-2010

28 June 2010 13:05

Robert Byrd, the longest serving Senator in American history, has died aged 92. Byrd will be remembered not only for the length of his service but also for the fierceness… Continue reading


In a major blow to Obama, Democrats lose Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat

20 January 2010 7:18

In a stunning result, the Republicans last night won Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat in a special election in Massachusetts. The defeat is a major blow to President Obama as… Continue reading