US politics from outside the beltway


Romney says 47% of US voters are "dependent" and will never vote for him
By George Eaton - 18 September 0:05

Secret video reveals Republican candidate describing 47% of voters as "victims" who will always vote for Obama.

George W. Bush and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.
The 2012 US election is Bush-Kerry in reverse
By Jonn Elledge - 14 September 13:43

Like the Democrats in 2004, the Republicans have over-estimated their instinctive appeal to voters.

A protestor runs with a canister of tear gas near the US embassy in Cairo
The anti-Islam film and violence in Egypt - reaction from Cairo
By Lucy Provan - 13 September 15:50

"It’s anger at the police. The film is a spark that caused the flame."

Mitt Romney: "I didn't know [gay people] had families"
By New Statesman - 12 September 15:39

Governor described as robotic.

US ambassador to Libya killed in violence over anti-Islam film
By Lucy Provan - 12 September 15:33

The reaction to a nonsensical and offensive film has sparked protests in Bengazi and Cairo.

Barack Obama
Obama’s foreign policy: am I my brother’s keeper?
By Femi Alese - 11 September 16:33

Paradoxically, US foreign policy has always been focused on neighbourly expansion of territory without the pursuance of global hegemony.

Obama's re-election looks an ever-safer bet
By George Eaton - 10 September 10:00

US president opens up a five-point lead over Romney in latest national poll.

Douglas Alexander's Democratic Convention diary
By Douglas Alexander - 07 September 17:05

On stage, Obama spoke truth from power - the essential task of a political leader.

Romney is exaggerating his foreign policy differences with Obama
By David Milne - 07 September 15:24

On foreign policy, the Republican candidate and the US President share a method and a worldview.

Romney is running out of time to turn the US election around
By Tom Mludzinski - 06 September 14:27

The Republican candidate didn't get the poll bounce he needed from his party's convention.

Anonymous thief claims to have stolen Romney tax returns, demands $1m
By Alex Hern - 06 September 10:52

Tax returns will be released if Romney doesn't pay up – or if someone else pays up first.

Democratic National Congress thrown off YouTube for copyright infringement
By Alex Hern - 05 September 16:24

Michelle Obama's speech infringed copyright, some robots believe.

Obama and – Bane? Bain? Romney. Obama and Romney.
Romney's Bain Capital under investigation for tax dodging
By Alex Hern - 03 September 12:58

New York's attorney-general starts examining private equity firms

Apple: reporting on drone warfare is "objectionable and crude"
By Alex Hern - 31 August 9:16

The company has blocked "Drones+" from its app store.

Video: Clint Eastwood interviews an empty chair at the RNC
By Alex Hern - 31 August 7:34

The man with no name interviews the guest with no body.

Paul Ryan's convention speech heralds a post-factual age
By Alex Hern - 30 August 9:02

Time and again, Ryan mislead, misspoke, and made Demonstrably Misleading Assertions.

New Statesman
The “Great Opportunity Party”
By Margarida Madaleno - 29 August 17:39

Yesterday's GOP.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan arrive at a campaign rally in Powell, Ohio
The political impossibility of the Ryan-Romney budget
By Andrew Polsky - 29 August 14:23

You are better off believing in the tooth fairy than the Republican pair's economic strategy.

The stage at the Republican National Convention
CNN tries to bury RNC racism
By Alex Hern - 29 August 12:29

News network confirms the abuse of a camerawoman at the Republican Party Convention, but downplays its significance.

New Statesman
Higgins destroys Tea Partier
By Margarida Madaleno - 23 August 17:09

Irish president goes head-to-head with conservative radio host

Joint session of Congress counts Electoral College votes from the 2008 election
The case for eliminating the US electoral college
By Liam Hoare - 22 August 10:15

It would help do away with the repulsive, petty, and hysterical localism of this cycle's campaigns.

President Obama at the White House news conference
President Obama: "Rape is rape."
By New Statesman - 21 August 8:35

Quote of the day.

New Statesman
Niall Ferguson attacks Obama, poorly
By Alex Hern - 20 August 12:34

The economic historian penned a cover-piece for Newsweek which doesn't show the best grasp of his subject.

Did the Guardian try to rewrite history over Joshua Treviño?
By Helen Lewis - 19 August 9:46

Joshua Treviño is "not a correspondent", says the paper, which days earlier had released a press release to that effect.

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Party
By Margarida Madaleno - 17 August 15:36

The best party ever is back for its tenth year.

New Statesman
Infographic: Cutting the Ryan way
By Alex Hern - 15 August 12:32

Where are the savings coming from, Ryan?

If you thought Ryan's fiscal policy was bad, wait til you see his monetary policy
By Alex Hern - 14 August 12:29

"Sound money", raising interest rates and Ayn Rand: he's got it all.