The elephant and the lone star
By Nicky Woolf - 03 April 10:54

The message from Barack Obama’s victory in the 2012 election was that Latino America holds the balance of power. But in Texas, it seems — despite Bush’s best efforts — that hasn’t yet sunk in to Republican minds.

Republican Party to unveil conservative fiscal package
By New Statesman - 12 March 9:29

The $4.6tn spending cuts to impact social programmes.

Rand Paul's 13-hour filibuster against drone strikes sets Senate alight
By Alex Hern - 07 March 8:59

The junior senator from Kentucky is now getting some much-needed rest.

Dream on, DREAMers
By Ros Wynne-Jones - 28 February 7:36

Taking inspiration from the US to change the debate in the UK.

Canadian parliament bemoans lack of Zombie apocalypse preparations
By Alex Hern - 14 February 10:01

But what about the vampires, eh?

Illustration by Nick Hayes for the New Statesman.
What David Cameron can learn from Abraham Lincoln
By Nicholas Wapshott - 14 February 6:26

Wearing the Union blue.

State of the Union: Obama seizes his second term by the horns
By Nicky Woolf - 13 February 15:51

Gun control was a clear priority in the President's speech.

Can the Republicans gerrymander their way into the White House?
By Tim Wigmore - 12 February 12:50

Republicans should stop focus on winning more support, not changing the electoral rules.

Gabrielle Giffords with her husband Mark Kelly at the hearing.
Gabrielle Giffords on gun violence: "Too many children are dying... We must do something."
By Caroline Crampton - 31 January 8:30

The former Democratic Congresswoman, who was severely injured after being shot in the head at a political rally in 2011, delivered a moving speech at the start of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence.

Leader: Obama prepares to fight dirty
By new-statesman - 31 January 7:01

In November last year, President Obama said, after a screening of Steven Spielberg’s biopic of Abraham Lincoln: “Part of what Lincoln teaches us is that to pursue the highest ideals and a deeply moral cause requires you also engage and get your hands dirty.”

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Naomi Wolf on abortion: "Our Bodies, Our Souls"
By Naomi Wolf - 27 January 9:53

For the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade - which legalised abortion in the US - the New Statesman is republishing Naomi Wolf's provocative 1995 essay, which argues that the pro-choice movement is "cultivating a hardness of heart".

Egyptians carry a wounded protestor during clashes with riot police
The People's Republic: the rise of civil disobedience in Egypt
By Bel Trew and Yassin Gaber - 25 January 10:33

As Egypt celebrates the second anniversary of the 25 January revolution, cities are threatening to declare independence from central government.

President Obama on the platform in front of the Capitol Building
I loved Obama's speech unreservedly. So there
By Alex Andreou - 22 January 12:04

Obama gave a well-written, brilliantly delivered, and - for the US - subversive inauguration speech. Why was the reaction of many UK progressive commentators so hysterically cynical?

President Obama steps out onto the platform for his second inauguration
The inauguration speech: Obama’s “come and have a go” moment
By Nicky Woolf - 22 January 9:00

Since December's school shooting in Connecticut, the President's voice has a new edge to it - a hardness, a determination, an aggression and a volume.

Barack Obama during the 57th Presidential Inauguration.
Barack Obama's inauguration speech: full text and video
By New Statesman - 21 January 21:23

Read and listen to the US president's second inaugural address.

A vendor sells newspapers at the 57th Presidential Inauguration
Watch: Obama's second inauguration
By New Statesman - 21 January 15:35

Watch President Obama get sworn in for a second term.

Biden and Obama during the press conference at the White House
Obama and Biden unveil bold and significant gun control reform proposals
By Nicky Woolf - 17 January 9:01

If they can get it through Congress, this would be a ban with teeth.

The platinum coin is killed as America careens toward default
By Alex Hern - 14 January 10:50

The platinum coin is dead, long live the debt ceiling.

Leader: The fiscal cliff has not been averted, just postponed
By New Statesman - 02 January 14:20

The deal struck by Obama and the Republicans leaves open the threat of dramatic spending cuts.

Obama rejects Osbornomics: "we can't simply cut our way to prosperity"
By George Eaton - 02 January 12:14

The US president's statement on the fiscal cliff deal demonstrates how he has rejected the coalition's approach.

Quote of the Day: Barack Obama on the fiscal cliff deal
By New Statesman - 02 January 7:15

The US president on why the country must avoid excessive cuts.

In the wrangle over America's Fiscal Cliff, Barack Obama holds all the cards
By Nicky Woolf - 31 December 10:04

There is no incentive for the Democrats to be conciliatory on the budget negotiations; nor, after the last few years of partisan bad feeling, will there be much inclination among them to do so.

NRA wants federal agents in every school - but why stop there?
By Helen Lewis - 22 December 9:53

Wayne LaPierre, the head of the National Rifle Association, believes the answer to gun violence is more guns.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: A thinker with an antifragile ego
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 20 December 8:40

"He talks in a machine-gun patter that combines Tony Soprano-style profanity with some stratospherically esoteric jargon."

New Statesman
Stop sharing 30 year old stats. Use these instead
By Alex Hern - 17 December 16:19

"West Germany" really should be a clue.

What the US can learn from Australia about gun control
By Tim Wigmore - 17 December 14:27

Australia’s response to the 1996 Port Arthur massacre offers a model for the US to emulate.

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Barack Obama speaks to Sandy Hook vigil
By Alex Hern - 17 December 8:24

On Sunday, Barack Obama spoke to the vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.

People gather for a prayer vigil at St Rose Church.
US mourns 26 dead in Connecticut school shooting
By George Eaton - 15 December 10:42

Twenty children and six adults killed after gunman opens fire at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Obama must now make gun control his legacy
By Nicky Woolf - 15 December 9:22

Before the public outrage over the Connecticut shooting dissipates, the president must take a stand.