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That’s the sound of swing voters swinging away from Obama
By Ben Smith - 22 September 12:47

Although he remains overwhelmingly popular inside his own party, Obama is losing the independents.

The fourth attempt by the State of Georgia to execute Troy Davis
By David Allen Green - 21 September 18:49

There is international concern at today’s planned execution.

Why banks must be independent of ignorant politicians
By David Blanchflower - 21 September 16:36

Four top Republicans write an open letter to the Federal Reserve.

How a religious movement is making US liberals nervous
By New Statesman - 21 September 11:29

Followers of dominionism believe that Christians should reassert control over political institutions

US Press: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 20 September 14:51

The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers.

"I have more power than anybody other than the president"
By Samira Shackle - 20 September 11:34

The Fox News presenter, Bill O'Reilly, claims that he can "get things changed, quickly".

US Press: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 19 September 15:53

The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers.

US Press: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 16 September 14:05

The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers.

US Press: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 15 September 13:23

The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers.

Sarah Palin accused of drug use and cheating
By Samira Shackle - 15 September 10:15

A new biography makes a series of lurid claims about the politician -- but will they stick?

US Press: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 14 September 15:29

The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers.

Making the most of the Obama backlash
By Felicity Spector - 14 September 13:25

The Republican Party is celebrating success after two of its members won House seats in New York and

Perry v. Romney: what the papers say
By Nilpa Shah - 14 September 12:53

The verdict of US commentators on the first ever Tea Party-associated Republican presidential debate

Should society let uninsured people die? "YEAH!"
By Samira Shackle - 14 September 10:09

Crowd at Monday night's Republican presidential debate cheer at suggestion that society should allow

US Press: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 13 September 13:36

The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers.

US Press: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 12 September 13:38

The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers.

A 9/11 reader
By Helen Lewis - 11 September 9:50

Ten of the best articles on the tenth anniversary of the attack.

US Press: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 09 September 14:03

The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers.

Obama vs. Congress: the re-election campaign begins
By Samira Shackle - 09 September 13:05

With his speech on the jobs bill, Obama has set himself up against the "do-nothing" Congress.

Full transcript | Barack Obama | Speech to Congress on jobs | Washington | 8 September 2011
By Barack Obama - 09 September 12:32

"Every proposal I've laid out tonight is the kind that's been supported by Democrats and Republicans

US Press: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 08 September 13:23

The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers.

Rick Perry goes in hard at his first presidential debate
By Samira Shackle - 08 September 12:34

"Maybe it's time to have provocative language in this country."

US Press: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 07 September 13:54

The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers.

US Press: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 06 September 14:10

The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers.

The Republicans are "an apocalyptic cult"
By Mehdi Hasan - 05 September 17:39

. . . says a former Republican Congressional staffer.

US Press: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 05 September 13:09

The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers.

Michele Bachmann: Palin version 2.0? When it comes to gay rights, yes.
By Eleanor Margolis - 31 August 19:14

Is it possible that Michele Bachmann's position on gay rights makes Sarah Palin look sensible?

Bachmann: Hurricane Irene was a punishment from God
By George Eaton - 29 August 16:59

Republican presidential candidate says natural disasters are a divine rebuke to high-spending politi

Bernanke defers a decision on QE3
By George Eaton - 26 August 17:45

US Federal Reserve chairman postpones a decision on further quantitative easing until next month.

The GOP’s new weapon
By Ben Smith - 26 August 13:39

George W Bush only pretended to be a good ol’ Texas cowboy. Rick Perry, governor of Texas and most r

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