Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
The art of smart power
By Hillary Clinton - 18 July 9:25

As the balance of world power shifts, the US is developing a novel range of diplomatic, social, economic, political and security tools to fix the world’s complex new geopolitical problems.

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.

Barack Obama
The US needs a debate on wages, not tax cuts
By admin - 13 July 11:34

Wages have stagnated for 30 years - people just don't have enough money.

Mitt Romney
It's an easy choice between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on tax
By John Stoehr - 11 July 11:54

Compared to Romney, Obama is downright folksy.

Mohamed Morsi
Morsi takes on Egypt's military
By Louisa Loveluck - 10 July 10:57

Was the new Egyptian president neutered before he even entered office?

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.

US unemployment stagnates at 8.2 per cent
By Josh Mahir - 06 July 15:46

80,000 new jobs for June

Barack Obama
Obama must persuade Americans that not all government is bad
By Nicholas Wapshott - 04 July 18:12

It's a formidable task to explain the human cost of rapidly reducing the size of the state during a recession.

A view of the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
The long, slow death of innocence
By Clive Stafford Smith - 04 July 16:09

Kris Maharaj has been in jail in Miami since 1986 for a double murder, yet all the evidence shows there is no way that he was the killer. What went wrong with American justice?

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

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

Obamacare supporters react to the US Supreme Court decision
Supreme Court health care ruling increases the probability of second term for Obama
By John Stoehr - 03 July 11:59

The ruling is likely to make the law much more popular among dubious independent voters.

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.

A 'Henry' vacuum cleaner
Feminism didn't lie to women about "having it all"
By Rhiannon and Holly - 25 June 10:26

As Germaine Greer said: "I wanted to liberate women from the vacuum cleaner, not put them on the board of Hoover".

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.'"

God's Peculiar People
By Nelson Jones - 14 June 12:11

British identity is much less linked to religion than it used to be - where does this leave the established church?

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.

Geert Wilders
Geert Wilders tries to break America
By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed - 09 June 19:38

Luckily, his anti-Muslim tract gains little traction in the US.

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

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

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney’s big problem isn’t Trump or Obama, it’s Mitt Romney
By Nicholas Wapshott - 06 June 12:46

Flip-flopping is deemed a mortal sin in American politics.

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.