US politics

Cameron and Obama’s mutual appreciation has its limits

25 May 2011 14:08

And the Word of the Day is “we”. Both David Cameron and Barack Obama deployed it liberally in their joint…

The X Factor

24 May 2011 15:48

They say power is shifting from the United States, but I’m standing outside of Westminster Abbey having joined an enthusiastic…

Alan Greenspan doesn’t exist

23 May 2011 18:08

Five years have passed since Alan Greenspan stepped down from the most influential banking job in the world. (Now that’s…

A special relationship

22 May 2011 15:09

The visit of President Obama on Tuesday has not yet inspired rapid British soul searching about the ‘special relationship’, not…

How the US presidential campaign will change American foreign policy

21 May 2011 14:02

Whoever wins the Republican nomination and takes on Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election is going to campaign hard…

Keeping the States interested

18 May 2011 18:13

David Cameron has a good relationship with Barack Obama, which will be on display when the US president visits Britain…

Yes he Cain?

7 May 2011 18:19

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Have you ever heard of Herman Cain? Neither have most Americans. The latest Gallup…

How the US pulled it off

2 May 2011 12:51

The veil is being pulled back on how the United States tracked down and killed Osama Bin Laden. The New…

What Obama said about Bin Laden and Pakistan before he became President

2 May 2011 11:54

After the events of today, the video above has fresh resonance. It is from the first presidential debate in 2008,…

Obama contra Trump

1 May 2011 11:29

You thought Barack Obama had finished with Donald Trump by releasing a copy of his long-form birth certificate? Not nearly.…

Why Gitmo ought to be closed

26 April 2011 18:00

It is hard to feel anything but nauseous when reading the Guardian’s continuing special report on Guantanamo Bay, which started…

Obama’s budget: faster, but not further, than Osborne’s

20 April 2011 17:59

Barack Obama’s budget plan has become a political debating point on this side of the Atlantic. Ed Balls set the…

Labour are drawing the wrong lessons from America

20 April 2011 9:29

The global debate about how we live within our means is moving fast. I spent a week in Washington while…

Standard & Poor’s bombshell

18 April 2011 16:20

A mute, almost disbelieving response (except on the Markets) has met Standard & Poor’s announcement that the US government’s fiscal…

Balls in fiscal isolation

15 April 2011 17:29

Ed Balls has long said that America is the right comparison for Britain when it comes to how to deal…

A word for Mitch

15 April 2011 14:59

In the magazine’s cover piece this week (read it here or subscribe from just £1/issue), Richard Littlejohn described the rather…

Meanwhile, in America…

10 April 2011 17:03

We really oughtn’t let the weekend pass without some mention of political events across the Atlantic. As you’ve probably heard,…

Obama sketches out the limits to American involvement in Libya

29 March 2011 9:08

There was one aspect of Barack Obama’s Big Speech on Libya last night that was particularly curious: for a President…

Obama’s nervousness makes life difficult for him and his allies

21 March 2011 9:07

Gingerly, gingerly — that’s how the Americans are approaching the presentational battle over Libya, if not the actual campaign itself.…

Hillary the hawk

18 March 2011 14:40

Intervention it is then. Cue lots of politicians walking around with rousing West Wing music in their minds’ ears. This…

Obama backs Cameron on no-fly zone

5 March 2011 11:29

Everyone knows that a media narrative is a difficult thing to change. So No.10 must be annoyed that so many…

Harriet ‘shambolic’ Harman

4 March 2011 17:01

I’ve spent ten minutes reading the same passage and still don’t understand what it means. It comes from Harriet Harman,…

British foreign policy needs to promote democracy

1 March 2011 12:08

After a week of hesitation and well-publicised problems evacuating British citizens from Libya, the government has led the international community’s…

What difference will sanctions make?

26 February 2011 11:08

Slowly, haltingly, the West decides what to do about Gaddafi. The latest news is that, having broken his silence over…

That Petraeus story

16 February 2011 16:53

Rumours abound that General David Petraeus will leave his post as commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan. Early editions of…