US politics from outside the beltway


In the foreign policy debate, what was left unsaid was most important of all
By Alex Hern - 23 October 8:04

More uses of "freedom" than "liberty", and none at all for "eurozone".

New Statesman
Liveblog: The third and final presidential debate
By Nicky Woolf - 22 October 18:34

Nicky Woolf liveblogs tonights debate.

Paul Ryan and the obnoxious creed of Ayn Rand
By Tom London - 20 October 12:37

It's easy to understand how Ayn Rand came to her dark judgement – but not why Paul Ryan thinks it will help him run the country.

New Statesman
Binders literally full of women
By Alex Hern - 18 October 12:19

Romney's gaffe has legs.

Mitt Romney: "They brought us whole binders full of women"
By Martha Gill - 17 October 9:23

Romney's debate anecdote, the response, and the fact it wasn't true.

New Statesman
What it's like to be Drudged
By Adam Taylor - 16 October 14:23

Adam Taylor got a month's readers in a day thanks to a link from the Drudge Report. But, he wonders, is the Conservative icon's power waning?

This debate is about the real track record
By Heather Boushey - 16 October 10:07

The second presidential debate will focus on the economics of the middle classes, writes CAP's Heather Boushey.

Romney supporters
The richest states will vote Obama and the poorest states will vote Romney
By Tom London - 14 October 11:47

Yes, "it's the economy, stupid" is true, but other issues are influencing voters counter-intuitively, too.

Margaret Thatcher in 2010
Mitt Romney sends birthday wishes to Margaret Thatcher
By Caroline Crampton - 14 October 10:16

The US presidential candidate wishes the former PM a happy 87th birthday.

A new America gives Obama hope
By Nick Pecorelli - 12 October 16:02

US voters are more socially liberal and increasingly concerned with "fairness", rather than simply "freedom".

As a white student sues a university for alleged racial discrimination, is this the end of affirmative action?
By Lola Adesioye - 09 October 12:15

An educational system that has historically been set up to reinforce inequalities will take a lot of work to dismantle, says Lola Adesioye.

Republican congressman: evolution is "lies straight from the pit of hell"
By Alex Hern - 08 October 7:31

Paul Broun, once a medical doctor, now a creationist congressman.

The most important question not asked at the presidential debate
By Alex Hern - 05 October 10:09

"Mr President, if they say 'cut back', will you say 'fight back'?"

Obama looking weary at the 2012 Presidential debate in Denver, CO
Cheer up Obama! You’ll need a smile to win the next one
By Charlotte Simmonds - 04 October 16:42

Americans respond well to enthusiasm. Obama needs to pull on his charisma to take Romney down in the next debate.

Todd Akin's gaffe is worse than we think
By New Statesman - 03 October 17:09

"Abortions for non-pregnant women" widely held theory.

Tumblring the presidential debates
By Alex Hern - 03 October 16:00

A gifessay.

Binyamin Netanyahu, Iran, and the cartoon bomb
By Alex Hern - 28 September 7:42

The US has a long history of terrible visual aids.

New Statesman
Jon Stewart: Obama is the luckiest guy on earth
By Alex Hern - 26 September 14:37

...while Mitt Romney just keeps getting dumber

Mitt Romney, this is why you can't roll down the windows in a plane
By Alex Hern - 25 September 10:10

Poor Ernst. He didn't stand a chance.

Why Obama could still lose in November
By Richard Mylles - 21 September 13:42

Worsening jobs figures, Romney's ad blitz and low approval ratings are reasons for Obama not to be complacent.

Jon Stewart on Fox News
Video: Jon Stewart blasts Fox News for coverage of Romney's campaign "reboot"
By New Statesman - 21 September 9:20

The Daily Show host says the network's “turd containment crews have been working overtime.”

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton
Obama and Romney urgently need to zero in on foreign policy
By Andrew Hammond - 20 September 16:11

We're a long way from the days of the cold war, but the need for smart power endures.

The reunited cast of the West Wing
The cast of the West Wing reunites
By Caroline Crampton - 20 September 15:30

"This is a disaster, it’s a catastrophe, it’s a cataclysmic event unrivalled by the likes of any calamity since the dawn of history."

Mitt Romney delivers a speech outside Jerusalem's Old City
Mitt Romney's Palin-esque ignorance of Middle East politics
By David Wearing - 19 September 15:03

Suggests that Palestinians are the aggressors and Israel is a state desiring no more than its own security.

Fox News
Fox buries story of Romney dismissing nearly half of American voters
By Emily Arrowood - 18 September 17:03

CNN and MSNBC found it newsworthy, so why didn't Fox?