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The war for America’s conservative soul

The civil war for America’s conservative soul

The leadership crisis afflicting the Republicans is a broader problem across the west

Trump’s final reckless throw of the dice

Trump’s final throw of the dice

The chief obstacle to the candidate’s victory is his character. He just cannot help himself

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The life and death of Trumpian America

Expecting to die younger than your parents goes against what westerners have taken for granted

VP debate shows a way forward for Trump

Mike Pence’s calm success against Tim Kaine could be model for running mate

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Donald Trump’s gift for self-defeat

The Republican candidate will win no new fans with his late-night Twitter rants

Trump fails to clear low bar in US debate

A split-screen America will have seen different realities in the clash between him and Clinton

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The art of defrauding America

Reality TV star turns liberal media values and voter cynicism to his advantage

Review – Hillbilly Elegy, JD Vance

A mirror to a little-seen side of white America

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Fifty Trumpian days to shake the world

Hopes that Hillary Clinton will prevail are predicated on her opponent’s lack of discipline

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How Putin is messing with American heads

Attempts to sow doubts about the integrity of the US electoral process are already succeeding

A US election that will settle little

Unfortunately for Clinton, polarisation and Republican party breakdown have not yet run their course

Climate change ignored in US election

People are afraid that doing something about global warming will make them poorer

Trump’s dark inner Nixon

This is not how you win elections, but it is a great way to leverage your brand

The return of American exceptionalism

Clinton’s rhetoric and worldview are strikingly different to Obama’s

Clinton: the making of a would-be president

White House photographer Robert McNeely spent six years with the Clintons in the 1990s. He reveals the stories behind his pictures and what they say about the kind of leader Clinton might be

The American consumer’s impotent rage

Customers feel companies care more about regulators

The fight of Hillary’s life

If she opts for politics as usual against the headline-grabbing Trump, prepare for a tense election

Ailes was GOP’s wizard behind the curtain

Fox News creator fuelled success of many Republican politicians

Trump and the west’s flight from dignity

The most troubling aspect of his rise is how he is licensing society’s darkest instincts

America’s white backlash

Poor whites have long been derided and disenfranchised in their own country — as have their black counterparts. So why can’t they find common ground?


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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