US politics

Richard Nixon: the nightmare president of his age

14 October 2017 10:00

In this giant, prodigiously sourced and insightful biography, John A. Farrell shows how Richard Milhous Nixon was the nightmare of…

The Democrats are on course to be Corbynised

13 October 2017 14:17

Donald Trump’s approval ratings have dropped in every single state. He has failed to repeal Obamacare, build a wall or move…

Donald Trump and Theresa May desperately need each other’s help

11 October 2017 17:09

In June, I mooted the possibility that Theresa May might consider emigrating to the United States to join the Trump…

Russia damaged Turkey’s economy in the name of diplomacy. Is the US about to do the same?

11 October 2017 11:33

Istanbul President Erdogan has spent much of this year slinging muck at Europe’s heads of state, and he has damaged…

The Bombardier dispute could actually bring down May’s government

9 October 2017 15:01

When governments fall it often comes from an unexpected quarter. Thirty eight years ago, James Callaghan’s government fell not as…

‘Taking the knee’ is a flawed form of protest

5 October 2017 14:34

Kneeling, fundamentally an act of humility or deference, doesn’t seem the obvious protest against injustice when the National Anthem plays…

Rex Tillerson is the captain of a ghost ship

5 October 2017 11:30

The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s press conference yesterday was moronic. Earlier this week, NBC News broke the story that…

Stricter gun controls won’t turn American into Denmark – but they’d certainly help

3 October 2017 14:36

There’s a scene in the touching Richard Linklater film Boyhood where the young Mason goes to visit the rural family…

Donald Trump avoids gun debate in explicitly religious speech about Las Vegas shooting

2 October 2017 17:02

Donald Trump’s statement to the nation about Las Vegas was platitudinous. Speeches by leaders in the wake of such horrors…

How will Trump react to the Las Vegas attack?

2 October 2017 9:57

President Donald J Trump, the man who never sleeps, hasn’t woken up to the awful news from Las Vegas. Or…

The revolt against the Republican establishment is only just beginning

27 September 2017 13:48

Beware the Moore. This is the doctrine that establishment Republicans such as the Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell, who poured in…

Is America’s ‘despair epidemic’ about to arrive in Britain?

23 September 2017 8:55

However stressful and bad things get for a parent of young children, there is always one thought that puts it…

Bernie Sanders is back – and he wants to reshape US foreign policy

21 September 2017 19:56

If there was any doubt that Bernie Sanders is gearing up for another run for the presidency, his speech today…

There’s still some method to Donald Trump’s madness

20 September 2017 9:30

Donald Trump’s speech before the United Nations General Assembly was both an echo of George W. Bush and something original.…

Donald Trump discovers his inner neocon

19 September 2017 16:47

Donald Trump fully embraced his inner neocon before the United Nations today. He lashed out at North Korea, indicating that…

Working with Democrats: Donald Trump’s latest plot twist

16 September 2017 11:50

While Donald Trump seeks to cut a deal with the Democrats on immigration, his detractors on the right are starting…

What happened to Hillary Clinton? She lost

12 September 2017 12:44

Eleven months on from foisting her second grabby megalomaniac on the United States, Hillary Clinton has resurfaced. Not to apologise…

Donald Trump is a gift for the Democrats

7 September 2017 16:28

Donald Trump has become the Conor McGregor of American politics. For weeks tensions have been mounting in the capital of…

Treason – not racism – is the only legitimate reason to pull down a statue

7 September 2017 15:27

Donald Trump has a point when he asks, with respect to the tearing down of Confederate statues: ‘Is it George Washington…

Melania Trump’s critics expose feminism’s blind spot

31 August 2017 16:55

If you haven’t been keeping up, it’s okay to judge a woman on her appearance again. The latest public figure to…

Shame on the eco-ghouls exploiting Hurricane Harvey

31 August 2017 7:19

Here they come, the eco-ghouls, feasting on another natural disaster. This time it’s the floods in Houston. No sooner had…

The Donald’s disaster plan is simple: do the opposite to Dubya

30 August 2017 11:21

George W Bush is, shall we say, not a fan of Donald Trump. He has publicly slammed the 45th President…

In pardoning Joe Arpaio, Trump has shown contempt for yet another American ideal

26 August 2017 18:47

Donald Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio — his first exercise of the Article II prerogative — is not an act of…

The ominous political genius of Steve Bannon

26 August 2017 9:03

In his fateful interview with Robert Kuttner of The American Prospect, Steve Bannon’s remarks about taking a tougher stand on…

Charlottesville to Palmyra: the road is short

25 August 2017 10:35

‘In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a…