If Chris Christie wants to be president, he has to shake off the stench of New Jersey politics
By Nicky Woolf - 16 January 12:48

Chris Christie's presidential hopes have taken a hit, thanks to the "bridge" scandal. But if he learns the lesson that the American public has little tolerance for proto-Nixonion political thuggery, and – crucially – stops hiring people who operate that w

Why the bridge scandal is so damaging to Chris Christie's presidential hopes
By Alec MacGillis - 09 January 16:25

The New Jersey governor is widely tipped as a potential Republican nominee for the 2016 election. But as a recent scandal involving gridlock on a bridge shows, he's more like Richard Nixon than than Rudi Giuliani.

Where were you when JFK was shot?
By Bonnie Greer - 12 November 16:09

Bonnie Greer remembers how “Mom and Apple Pie America” came to an end with the assassination of John F Kennedy fifty years ago.

Occupy Wall Street protesters picket during a May Day rally
Who are the new socialist wunderkinds of America?
By Max Strasser - 09 November 9:52

Every time I’ve come home to the US from my home abroad over the past four years, I notice a trend among people of my demographic: they have become increasingly politicised – and increasingly radical.

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How Ted Cruz, the US Tea Party’s Darth Vader, is preparing for a tilt at the presidency
By John Bew - 07 November 11:44

The end of American empire has presented difficult questions about what might come in its place – even for those who found the George W Bush “freedom agenda” so difficult to stomach.

Alec Baldwin: Americans have been lied to
By Alec Baldwin - 31 October 11:26

Edward Snowden saw things he thought we, as Americans, should know. He valued the truth and thought you could handle it, says Alec Baldwin.

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Meet the most powerful woman in banking
By David Blanchflower - 24 October 14:58

Yellen is a distinguished academic, especially known for her work on unemployment. She has even written about out-of-wedlock child-rearing, gang behaviour and the brain drain; she cares about the real world and her work involves careful analysis of behavi

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The controversies of Washington, DC: government shutdown and no more Redskins
By John Bew - 24 October 14:38

There is mounting evidence that the GOP’s hopes of taking the Senate in 2014, which seemed high a few months ago, are diminishing by the day.

Can Big Pharma end the death penalty in the US?
By Clare Algar - 22 October 10:49

Someone on death row might have an excellent innocence claim or an excellent police corruption claim, but what is saving their life is shortages or litigation over execution drugs.

Who is Ted Cruz and how did he nearly crash the US government?
By Nicky Woolf - 21 October 11:07

Ted Cruz, a first-term senator from Texas, took the US government to the brink of disaster. He has paid a high price in credibility, but he wasn't always a punchline.

footprints in the snow.
The Maryville rape case: social media hurt Daisy Coleman - now it is helping her
By Holly Baxter - 19 October 10:06

Daisy Coleman is the latest in a series of girls to report that they were sexually assaulted and cyberbullied on social media. But we can't blame Twitter and Facebook for the existence of rape culture - and with #justice4daisy, they might have helped end

Why is the US so reluctant to sign human rights treaties?
By Sophie McBain - 07 October 13:21

The US is one of only three countries not to have signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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America's dangerous debt dance
By Nicky Woolf - 28 September 11:46

By threatening debt default and government shutdown, Congressional Republicans are risking disaster.

Clinton with Doug Band.
Doug Band: Is this the man who could bring down Hillary Clinton?
By Alec MacGillis - 23 September 14:44

Doug Band came to the Clinton White House in 1995 - and was instrumental in creating the post-presidential philanthropic Clinton empire. Now he is striking out on his own, and causing all kinds of problems for Bill and Hillary.

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A view on Syria from the US: Obama's enemies scent blood
By Nicholas Wapshott - 17 September 9:27

How did Obama find himself in such a rococo mess, pinned between haters in the House and his KGB rival?

Obama's bizarre TV address: the President dithers over Syria
By Nicky Woolf - 11 September 10:47

Obama could not be clearer: something needs to be done about Assad. But he is ducking every opportunity to act.

The difference between "black riots" and rebellion
By Vincent Brown - 04 September 9:52

Historically, rioting may not have been beneficial to black communities, but the easy dismissal of black rebellion allows politicians like Obama, and those to whom he appealed, to believe that stalled progress in race relations has been the result of indi

The ugly truth behind Obama's Syria plan
By Nicky Woolf - 29 August 11:44

Targeted strikes to punish Assad will only perpetuate the conflict – and that's exactly what the American government wants.

Martin Luther King waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial
Martin Luther King and the African-American fight for justice
By Bonnie Greer - 28 August 9:10

From fairly early on, the Civil Rights Movement, in many instances, was a carefully managed affair. Bonnie Greer examines the role of the black middle class in the Civil Rights Movement and the March on Washington.

What ever happened to Martin Luther King's dream?
By Gary Younge - 27 August 9:57

The horrors of segregation bound the US civil rights movement together. Fifty years on from Martin Luther King’s great speech, inequality persists – but in subtler ways.

What's fair about Private Manning's sentence?
By Lazarus Long - 22 August 9:32

Nicky Woolf is glad that there are still people such as Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning around.

Wax JFK.
Former NS editor John Freeman reacts to JFK's death: The man we trusted
By John Freeman - 15 August 8:50

29 November 1963: "The shock and the grief are universal and so great. Emotions have poured out - and they have gilded the truth."

The courage of Bradley Manning will inspire others to seize their moment of truth
By John Pilger - 08 August 8:26

In 2010, Private Manning did his duty to humanity and supplied proof from within the murder machine. This is his triumph, and his show trial merely expresses corrupt power’s abiding fear of people learning the truth.

A homeless Detroit native with his possessions.
Letter from Detroit: "All there is now is crackhouses and churches"
By Mark Binelli - 06 August 11:00

With Motor City finally declared bankrupt, the Midwest’s industrial powerhouse has turned into a production line for drink, drugs and deprivation.

Why Anthony Weiner is America's Boris Johnson
By Nicky Woolf - 25 July 10:15

"Carlos Danger" is the man New Yorkers just can't let go of.

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Watch: the Daily Show's John Oliver on the royal baby
By New Statesman - 24 July 8:25

"I think it was around the time of the 48th cannon blast that you realise 'Oh, now I get it - in response to the royal birth, the news has gone on maternity leave'."

The UK's new self-defence law opens the door for a Trayvon Martin case
By Jacob Turner - 23 July 11:45

By placing what is essentially a variant of Florida's "stand your ground" law on the statute book, the coalition has created the potential for greater acts of vigilantism.

We Need To Talk About Zimmerman
By Nicky Woolf - 17 July 12:47

In reality, nobody alive but George Zimmerman knows exactly what happened the night that Trayvon Martin was shot. In all the speculation, nobody is talking about the real problem: guns.

Downtown Harrison, Arkansas. Photograph via WikiCommons
In which a black man hires a member of the KKK as his lawyer
By Tabatha Leggett - 10 July 10:44

Tabatha Leggett speaks to Willie Brown, of Harrison, Arkansas, who did just that.

DOMA and Proposition 8: The perils and benefits of an activist Supreme Court
By Nicky Woolf - 27 June 17:04

The Supreme Court rulings on the Defence of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 stand in stark contrast to the day before, and show a split activist court.

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