Category Archives: US politics

Reading list

Advice from Niall Ferguson in a Q&A with the New York Times: If you could require the American president to read one book, what would it be? And the prime minister? I agree with you that it would be wonderful … Continue reading

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Master of the universe

Quote of the day comes from Jared Kushner in this chastening Politico piece on Donald Trump’s first year in office: ‘I’m a businessman, and I don’t care about the past.” So says the man whose many jobs include bringing peace to the … Continue reading

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The new Trump is the old Trump

“This speech contained whoppers.” A lot of the pundits may be raving about that State of the Union speech, but James Fallows is unimpressed.

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We don’t know yet what the televising of the conventions will do to American politics, to elections, to the convention system itself. Some of us fear what one good demagogue with a fine voice and a rousing profile might do … Continue reading

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The voice

Careers advice from on high in the FT’s interview with the queen of the Zeitgeist, Arianna Huffington:

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Something in the intensity with which Windrip looked at his audience, looked at all of them, his glance slowly taking them in from the highest-perched seat to the nearest, convinced them that he was talking to each individual, directly and … Continue reading

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The candidate 

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A war zone called Chicago

When was the last time British news programmes ran anything substantial about the epidemic of violence in the Windy City? The stats are abysmal: In the first five months of 2016, someone was shot every two and a half hours … Continue reading

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Fifteen year-old Daniel Johnson had been in the backseat of that car. He had been riding with two other youths about his age and a mother and her two small children. A bullet had smacked into the car. Daniel had … Continue reading

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Comedy masterclass

Quite an evening. My review of Bill Burr’s show in Bristol: Sometimes there is a fine line between being a world-class stand-up and one of those taxi drivers who won’t stop ranting into the rear-view mirror. Part of the joy … Continue reading

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