US politics from outside the beltway


Paul Ryan is the Republicans' "ideas man". Shame his ideas are nonsense
By Alex Hern - 13 August 9:49

To achieve his plan, Ryan would have to enact spending cuts which are "beyond draconian".

Who is Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's running mate?
By Martha Gill - 11 August 10:45

A fan of Ayn Rand, for starters.

Romney confuses "Sikh" with "sheikh"
By George Eaton - 08 August 8:28

Republican candidate misspeaks in tribute to Wisconsin temple shooting victims.

Al Gore, who is definitely not dead.
Nine tweeters who think Al Gore died today
By Alex Hern - 01 August 15:42

Gore Vidal died today. Al Gore did not. Somebody tell these people.

NBC cuts London bombings tribute because it is "not tailored to a US audience"
By Alex Hern - 30 July 9:23

Network airs interview with Michael Phelps instead

Top five racist Republican dog-whistles
By Alex Hern - 27 July 15:39

Sometimes, there's more to a "gaffe" than meets the eye.

US Senate does something unbelievable: passes a bill
By Alex Hern - 26 July 10:52

Taxmaggedon's not averted, but the competition is on fair ground

David Cameron and Barack Obama
Why an Obama victory is in Cameron's interests
By Rafael Behr - 25 July 16:55

Recent evidence doesn't support the idea that Tories and Republicans are natural bedfellows.

Jon Stewart and Boris Johnson
Watch: The Daily Show's Jon Stewart on Britain's Olympics security problems
By New Statesman - 25 July 9:20

"A chance for Britain to reign supreme once more."

Vouchers: a third way for financing political parties
By Alex Hern - 23 July 15:15

You got your public funding in my private donations! No, you got your private donations in my public funding!

Fox News shows you how to bury a poll
By Alex Hern - 19 July 10:52

Who's leading the election? Fox News would rather not say

James Carville, in a clip from CBS This Morning.
Quote of the day: James Carville on Mitt Romney
By Alex Hern - 17 July 13:50

James Carville, Bill Clinton's former strategist, lays the smackdown on the Republican candidate

Did Obama's lawyers mess up the Affordable Care Act?
By Alex Hern - 17 July 13:10

A new paper from Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine suggests that a missing word in the Affordable Care Act, the 2000-page law which created Obamacare, may scupper a key provision of the plan.

Mitt Romney
Wanted: a universally-popular vice-presidential candidate
By Andrew Hammond - 09 July 16:38

Romney’s vice-presidential pick is the crucial next decision of White House race.

Mitt Romney doesn't understand Venn diagrams
By Alex Hern - 04 July 11:50

The Romney campaign have been making "venn diagrams". Oh dear.

VIDEO: Jon Stewart tears CNN apart for Obamacare blunder
By Alex Hern - 29 June 9:54

CNN trades eight seconds of "first" for seven minutes of "wrong".

New Statesman
Obamacare ruled constitutional; Twitter doesn't know what everyone is yelling about
By Alex Hern - 28 June 15:43

A complicated ruling pushed the social network into chaos.

Catholic Monsignor William Lynn (r) entering the court in Philadelphia
First senior US Catholic official found guilty of covering up sexual abuse
By Caroline Crampton - 23 June 12:26

Former cardinal’s aide tasked with investigating abuse claims faces up to seven years in prison for endangering children.

Joe the Plumber Godwins gun control
By Alex Hern - 21 June 11:15

"Obama is Literally Hitler" he didn't say, but may as well have.

Obama heckled during speech: Journalist or douchebag?
By John Stoehr - 20 June 7:42

A self-styled reporter heckled President Obama as he announced a major shake-up in immigration policy.

Mitt Romney's new rich-guy problem
By Alex Hern - 19 June 15:14

He's done a Cameron: Got in trouble for a horse.

Jehovah's Witnesses sing at a ceremony in France
Secrets and lies have no place when dealing with child abuse
By Caroline Crampton - 18 June 12:08

Jehovah's Witnesses in the US ordered to pay $28m to abuse victim in landmark ruling

New Statesman
Michigan Democrat barred from state legislature for saying "vagina"
By Alex Hern - 15 June 10:45

"And finally, Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested my vagina, but 'no' means 'no.'"

Romney has much to gain from a deal with Ron Paul
By John Stoehr - 14 June 10:36

Paul could aid Romney's attempt to win over sceptical conservatives.

Trolls overwhelm Republican online campaign
By Alex Hern - 08 June 7:48

"Adolf Hitler", "Miso Horney" and "BonerDude SixtyNine" sign petition.

New Statesman
Protest criminalised at the "pepper spray" university
By New Statesman - 06 June 11:03

An open letter to Yolo County.

Elizabeth Warren and the "controversy" that never was
By John Stoehr - 05 June 9:53

Conservative attacks attempt to draw our attention away from what's truly important.