It’s still the middle class, dumbo

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Yet no American populist has reached the Oval Office since the 19th century

Silicon Valley trip shows Modi delusions

Impressive parts of US economy are led by people ‘made in India’, but few show signs of going home

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Deal with Russia is Obama’s least worst option

US president risks being pilloried at home for hobnobbing with Putin

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Waiting for Yellen

Communication difficulties are usually symptom of deeper flaws

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Joe Biden: the Hamlet of 2016

Vice-president emerges as Democrats’ best insurance to a Clinton implosion

Clinton apology fails to stem questions

Even without the email controversy, her campaign is in trouble

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Obama’s debt to Syria’s huddled masses

This is not some footnote to a respectable diplomatic legacy. It is an indictment

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Never say never with Trump

Billionaire who has spent weeks at the top of Republican presidential polls must be taken seriously

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Obama’s long, hot Iranian summer

A US rejection of the deal would give Tehran a green light to revive their nuclear agenda

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Hillary’s war on quarterly capitalism

The advantage of Mrs Clinton’s platform is that it is both accurate and popular

Trump makes indelible mark on GOP

His success is based on anti-politics — the dislike of poll-tested campaigns and scripted candidates

The not so friendly skies of America

The clout of the big carriers in Washington outweighs the woes of millions of frustrated flyers

The US is a helpless bystander on Greece

Washington has urged EU to write off Athens’ debts in return for restructuring, to no avail

Obama’s presidential renaissance

He went to Charleston to speak at a funeral. He left at the emotional pinnacle of his tenure

Why Rubio could upend 2016

US presidential campaigns are heavily shaped by biography and charisma — he has both

Obama must push hard to save himself

The only way to retrieve his trade agenda will be to reverse last week’s defeat

Obama reaps the whirlwind over trade

US administrations have long been addicted to overselling deals

In praise of Biden’s decency

In an age when politicians live in front of the camera, the US vice-president is at heart a salesman

American socialism’s day in the sun

Popularity of the more radical Democrat Sanders is dragging Clinton to left in presidential race

Big Data’s infinite harvest

They give us free computing power and we reveal ever more about ourselves


Edward Luce Edward Luce is the Washington columnist and commentator for the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column, FT's leaders/editorials on American politics and the economy and other articles.

Ed has worked for the FT since 1995 as Philippines correspondent, capital markets editor, South Asia bureau chief in New Delhi and Washington bureau chief between 2006 and 2011. In 2000 Ed was the chief speechwriter for Lawrence H. Summers, the US Treasury secretary. His first book, In Spite of the Gods, The Strange Rise of Modern India remains a high seller.

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