US politics

Mitt Romney is back. Will he be a thorn in Trump’s side?

15 February 2018 12:41

One of President Donald Trump’s chief political foils in the Republican Party — a party that increasingly resembles a Trump fan…

What I learned from arguing about gun control with my Texan uncle

15 February 2018 10:44

Whenever there’s another mass shooting in America, like the one in Florida yesterday, I think immediately of my Uncle Bill…

Janan Ganesh, citizen of… Washington, DC?

14 February 2018 12:36

Theresa May’s decision to launch a verbal attack on ‘citizens of nowhere’ backfired in the snap election when metropolitan voters…

Obama’s drab portrait is a fitting metaphor for his presidency

12 February 2018 17:30

Has Barack Obama become a flower child? His new presidential portrait, which is over seven feet high, depicts him on…

Mike Pence missed a diplomatic opportunity at the Winter Olympics

11 February 2018 10:18

The opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea was a miraculous site.  The lights.  The fireworks.…

Beware the rise of the officious little Trumps

11 February 2018 8:30

Returning to the United States a short while ago I received a stern talking to from an immigration officer. Why…

Republicans would be wise to listen to Rand Paul before it’s too late

9 February 2018 17:07

‘I can’t in all good honesty, in all good faith, just look the other way because my party is now…

Donald Trump has got a point about the NHS

6 February 2018 11:19

Donald Trump has found himself in the midst of another international spat, fuelled this time by his attack on the…

The GOP is now the Party of Trump

5 February 2018 12:10

There was a time not so long ago when the political establishment of the Republican Party – the Mitt Romneys,…

Donald Trump has a genius for damaging his own reputation

3 February 2018 8:30

It’s easy to see why Donald Trump gets angry. He is presiding over a robust economy, growing at the fastest…

Trump’s State of the Union address will change very little

1 February 2018 8:22

Donald Trump had a lot to prove during his first ever State of the Union address this week. He had to demonstrate…

Trump’s sunbed optimism is rubbing off on the world

31 January 2018 8:18

Donald J Trump’s State of the Union was as expected: long, boastful, cheesy — and largely right. Trump says he…

Trump’s State of the Union address shows he is ready for war. But who with?

31 January 2018 7:27

It was a sound move by Donald Trump to single out the North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho in his first…

Trump’s State of the Union goodwill won’t last long

30 January 2018 15:02

The real story about Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech today may not be what he says, but that…

Trumponomics is working

30 January 2018 12:00

As Donald Trump makes his State of the Union address this evening his many opponents have an increasingly large problem:…

China vs America: the espionage story of our time

29 January 2018 12:42

Why aren’t spy stories sexy anymore? The revelations last year that Beijing destroyed America’s espionage ring inside China a few years ago,…

Donald Trump’s interview with Piers Morgan: full transcript

29 January 2018 7:22

PM: Mr President, how are you? DT: I’m good thank you, Piers. PM: It’s been a while! DT: It has,…

Rex Tillerson has a simple way of dealing with Donald Trump’s tweets

27 January 2018 9:00

I am hugely enjoying editing a paper with a much longer history than the Washington Post or, indeed, most British…

Donald Trump (sort of) says the hardest word

26 January 2018 8:37

Wow. As far as I know, Donald Trump has only apologised twice since he emerged as a presidential candidate in…

Theresa May is back in the President’s Club

25 January 2018 17:06

Donald Trump is in love again. Theresa May can’t guarantee Trump an effusive welcome if he visits Great Britain and…

Brexit Britain is putty in Trump’s hands

25 January 2018 16:28

President Donald Trump, famously, has two modes: flattery and hostility. Theresa May had a taste of the latter following Trump’s…

Will white supremacy always haunt America?

25 January 2018 14:00

I found Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book We Were Eight Years in Power surprisingly engaging. It combines a calm, friendly voice with…

How seriously should we take this new pro-Trump conspiracy theory?

25 January 2018 11:00

What if the great smoking gun in the Trump-Russia enquiry is not Donald Trump’s collusion with the Kremlin? What if the…

Donald Trump will feel right at home in Davos

23 January 2018 15:24

After a prolonged dry spell, the Donald, to borrow from Billy Bush’s memorable taped remark, has finally scored again. For…

US shutdown: how the ‘Common Sense Coalition’ saved the day

23 January 2018 11:03

Compared to previous instances in US history when political paralysis and dysfunction shut down Washington for weeks at a time,…