US politics from outside the beltway


Perry's execution record outstrips Bush's
By Sophie FitzMaurice - 24 August 17:13

Rick Perry has overseen more executions than George "the Texecutioner" Bush.

The New York Times attacks Cameron's riots response
By George Eaton - 18 August 18:44

Cameron's measures risk "long-term damage to Britain’s already fraying social compact".

Rick Perry has support of 29 per cent of Republicans
By Sophie FitzMaurice - 17 August 13:22

Rick Perry, who hopes to be the GOP's 2012 presidential candidate, has the support of a third of Rep

Obama to talk of job creation and economic growth in three day tour
By Sophie FitzMaurice - 16 August 18:01

US President has embarked on a three day tour of Midwestern states.

Pawlenty out, Perry in, Bachmann to win?
By Felicity Spector - 14 August 21:14

At least you can't say the Republican contest is turning out to be dull.

Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll. And that matters why?
By Jon Bernstein - 14 August 11:27

"The most important, meaningless event in the political cycle."

How Mickey Mouse dominated Republican debate
By Tess Riley - 12 August 16:57

In-fighting wins out as the presidential race accelerates.

"As president, would you be submissive to your husband?"
By Samira Shackle - 12 August 12:11

Fox News asks Michele Bachmann whether she would submit to her husband if elected president.

Rick Perry, US President?
By Tess Riley - 11 August 18:07

As Perry signals his presidential intent, some say he’s just “too Texan” to make it.

The bad news in today's US jobs figures
By George Eaton - 05 August 18:48

Only 58.1 per cent of the US population is in work, the lowest level since 1983.

Obama turns 50 -- and there's not much to celebrate
By Felicity Spector - 04 August 15:40

The President is keeping it low-key as the focus moves to the next potential crisis: jobs.

"Yes, government still exists. We're sorry."
By Samira Shackle - 03 August 16:20

Jon Stewart lambasts both Barack Obama and the Tea Party over debt ceiling agreement.

The battle over the US deficit is not over yet
By Samira Shackle - 03 August 11:19

Obama puts tax rises back on the table - but will his words be matched with action?

Obama weakened as US passes debt bill
By Samira Shackle - 02 August 8:54

The immediate crisis has been averted, but the president has capitulated on nearly all of his key de

Leaders agree debt ceiling deal -- but Obama's crisis isn't over
By Samira Shackle - 01 August 10:07

US president announces deal that will raise debt ceiling and slash spending by trillions.

Debt ceiling crisis: the US reaction
By Samira Shackle - 31 July 13:25

What the American papers have to say about the on-going political crisis.

Senate blocks Republican bill as debt crisis deadline looms
By Samira Shackle - 30 July 13:17

The current crisis threatens to derail the global economy, as well as Barack Obama's presidency.

Obama is not providing the leadership the US needs
By Felicity Spector - 28 July 16:33

The President is staying firmly on the sidelines, in the face of another potential financial crisis.

Who ran up the US deficit? Clue: it's not Obama
By Samira Shackle - 26 July 18:06

Republicans are demanding deficit reduction through spending cuts alone - but the Bush-era tax cuts

Glenn Beck: youth camp attacked in Norway sounds "like the Hitler Youth"
By Samira Shackle - 25 July 18:14

The US shock jock says it is "disturbing" that Utoya youth camp, where 68 were murdered, was focused

How healthy is British satire?
By Helen Lewis - 21 July 14:29

A discussion with John Oliver of <em>The Daily Show</em> about UK and US humour.

Jon Stewart's take on "pie-gate"
By Samira Shackle - 20 July 12:25

The Daily Show presenter isn't impressed by "some idiot" who "tried to pie Murdoch".

"Women make trade-offs between success and likability"
By Helen Lewis - 17 July 13:17

A fascinating profile of Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg raises important questions about women in the wo

Some MPs have told "total lies", says Rupert Murdoch
By Samira Shackle - 15 July 9:37

Murdoch denies he is going to sell up and hits out at Gordon Brown in his first interview since the

Beltway Briefing: Top stories from the US today
By Duncan Robinson and Tess Riley - 14 July 19:29

What do Mick Jagger and US voters have in common? | Are tax increases the answer? | Bachmann's boom

Carmageddon: how some roadworks could bring LA to a halt
By Felicity Spector - 13 July 11:28

Los Angeles's citizens love their cars and their freeways. How will they cope without access to them

Will News Corp face investigation in the US?
By Samira Shackle - 13 July 10:46

A Senator has called for practices of Murdoch's US journalists to be examined, raising the stakes fo

Beltway Briefing: Top stories from the US today
By Duncan Robinson and Tess Riley - 12 July 19:31

Herman Cain's gospel album | Torture during the Bush years | Bachmann flakey fans | Why US voters ha

An alternative take on the phone-hacking scandal
By Duncan Robinson - 12 July 12:22

Jon Stewart reacts to the News of the World scandal. "Oh my God, my balls just crawled back up into

Phone-hacking: the US reaction
By Samira Shackle - 12 July 10:07

How the papers in America have reacted to the scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch's News International.