Washington’s two foreign policies

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The question is whether Iran will have enough trust in Obama’s ability to co-opt Congress

Yes I can, says Obama

President puts it all on the table with immigration action

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An unholy alliance against school reform

The moment Obama endorsed this (originally local) initiative, it turned into ‘federal overreach’

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China is no refuge from Obama’s woes

Beijing sees the US president as a weak leader in the autumn of his presidency

US national security policy since 9/11

Three very different perspectives on the egos, errors and power struggles at the heart of government

Bell tolls for Obama ahead of 2016

Repudiated president will spend final years grappling with victorious Republicans

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Obama can learn from George W Bush

It is possible to retrieve a failing presidency its final quarter and leave office with high ratings

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Obamacare’s drip-fed success

The longer the health system stays in existence, the harder it will be to repeal

Bradlee’s tribute to journalism’s purpose

Reporting is about stories as well as numbers, and it is exciting and important

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Jimmy Carter flashback – US midterms malaise

Leaders do not lead. Institutions repeatedly fail and no one seems to be held accountable

The riddle of black America’s rising woes under Obama

Those who have fared worst under this president are the ones who love him the most

Blinded EU can learn from one-eyed US

If you listen to German officials, their philosophy is hard to distinguish from Tea Party Republicans

Obama’s Faustian pact with the Saudis

By suffocating freedom, Saudi Arabia multiplies the supply of recruits for groups such as Isis

Modi orbits Washington (via Mars)

India’s power is growing as America’s declines

The short-sighted US buyback boom

Unless the roots of the problem are fixed, boardrooms will keep on draining their treasuries

America’s perpetual war on terror by any other name

If you embark on something with your eyes half-open, you are likely to lose sight of reality

Tartan America: on the march

Across the US, Scottish-Americans are rediscovering their roots and celebrating their heritage. So how would they vote in next week’s referendum?

Heads Obama loses, tails his rivals win

His party has better odds the less visible the president is

Hippocratic oath enfeebles Obama

It makes little sense to telegraph reluctance to put US boots on the ground to America’s foes

GOP must regain foreign policy realism

Instinctive militarism is now the Republican way, force is the answer no matter what the question


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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