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What is Obama’s strategy in Egypt?
By Felicity Spector - 04 February 15:06

The president is keen to avoid “meddling”, but US interests go far wider than the next Egyptian lead

Will the coalition keep squeezing the middle?
By George Eaton - 04 February 13:14

Nick Clegg hints at further middle-class tax rises to fund income-tax pledge.

Coalition rebellions exceed Blair’s whole first term
By Samira Shackle - 04 February 10:40

In just nine months, there have been more coalition rebellions than by Labour MPs from 1997 to 2001.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 04 February 10:35

The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.

The Obama plan for Egypt
By Sholto Byrnes - 04 February 10:30

“Barry” grew up in Indonesia. Could the overthrow of its dictator be the template that the US presid

What Ed Miliband needs to remember about social mobility
By George Eaton - 04 February 9:18

The most equal countries are also the most socially mobile.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 04 February 8:00

The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.

Now is the time to modernise and reform our parliament
By Caroline Lucas - 03 February 17:16

The Green Party leader outlines a few simple steps to make parliament a more effective – and less ar

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 03 February 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, on foreign aid, civil service morale and Egypt.

Blow for Cameron as Liverpool pulls out of the “big society”
By George Eaton - 03 February 15:08

Liverpool council says the coalition’s cuts make the project unworkable.

Launch of the Daily: the verdict
By Susannah Butter and Victoria Mitchell - 03 February 13:14

A round-up of media comment on the launch of Rupert Murdoch’s new iPad newspaper.

How the bankers got away with it
By George Eaton - 03 February 12:00

Bank bonuses fell in the wake of the financial crash but have risen since.

In this week’s New Statesman: the new Arab revolt
By George Eaton - 03 February 10:19

Tariq Ramadan on the Muslim Brotherhood | Murdoch’s long goodbye | Laurie Penny: the horror of vajaz

In defence of football: a lefty writes
By Laurence Durnan - 03 February 10:17

Crude caricatures of all football supporters as sexist homophobes insult readers’ intelligence.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 03 February 8:00

The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.

Paxman bashes BBC bosses in email
By Duncan Robinson - 02 February 19:17

The <em>Newsnight</em> host celebrates the demise of the show’s promotional email with a poke at the

Craig Oliver to replace Andy Coulson
By Samira Shackle - 02 February 16:54

BBC man is surprise successor to Coulson as Downing Street’s director of communications.

New Statesman cover | 7 February 2011
By George Eaton - 02 February 16:31

A sneak preview of this week’s front cover.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 02 February 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, on plutocrats, the Lib Dems and the NHS.

Does a more pluralist Compass mean a more pluralist Labour?
By George Eaton - 02 February 15:52

The left-wing pressure group debates whether to open its doors to non-Labour members.

The new Arab revolt
By Duncan Robinson - 02 February 15:21

Life inside Mubarak’s torture chambers, a letter from Tunisia, why the neoconservatives are still wr

PMQs review: Miliband and Cameron unite
By George Eaton - 02 February 13:37

A very civilised PMQs as the leaders calmly agree on Afghanistan and Egypt.

IFS: Osborne needs a plan B
By George Eaton - 02 February 11:56

Spending cuts could prove “formidably hard to deliver”, warns the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Big society tsar “doesn’t have enough time” to do job
By George Eaton - 02 February 10:13

Lord Wei cuts back on his hours because he wants “a life”.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 02 February 8:00

The ten-must read pieces from this morning’s papers.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 01 February 15:43

The five must-read blogs from today, on phone-hacking, crime maps and the cuts.

Jan Moir’s myths about EMA
By James Mills - 01 February 12:37

EMA’s critics wilfully ignore the positive aspects of the soon-to-be scrapped scheme.

Stat of the day
By George Eaton - 01 February 12:35

97 per cent of the jobs created since the recession are part-time.

The right urges Osborne: make even bigger cuts
By George Eaton - 01 February 11:14

The economic right has responded to negative growth by pushing for larger cuts.

Watch: Paxman drops the C-bomb
By George Eaton - 01 February 8:39

<em>Newsnight</em> presenter becomes the latest BBC figure to utter the “C-word” live on air.

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