American politics

Is Ivanka Trump a restrainer, or an enabler?

25 March 2017 9:00 am

How much power does Ivanka Trump have in her father’s White House? And what will she do with it? Lizzie Crocker reports

How impartial is the US judiciary?

4 February 2017 9:00 am

James D. Zirin is an experienced litigator as well as the host of a popular television talkshow. In this provocative…

Trump l’oeil: the atrium of Trump Towers

Donald Trump's interiors: make America crass again

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Donald Trump’s taste is as revealing of the man as any of his outbursts, says Stephen Bayley

His contemporaries regarded Alexander Hamilton as an ‘uppity’ half-caste who wanted to be a dictator

American politics at its most uncivil — in 1804

22 October 2016 9:00 am

To anyone complaining that American politics in 2016 is uncivil, consider this: in 1804, the vice president of the United…

Is America headed for tyranny? It is when the other side's in charge...

23 August 2014 9:00 am

For the last 50 years Americans have been decrying the increase of presidential power whenever the party they oppose is…

Hillary Clinton’s autobiography seems destined to join her husband’s - in a bin marked ‘Free’

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Last year a Washington-based journalist called Mark Leibovich wrote This Town, a book whose thesis was, roughly, that Washington-based journalists…

Hillary, Obama, Osama — and a hapless Bill

22 February 2014 9:00 am

The actor David Niven was once badgered by the American columnist William F. Buckley to introduce him to Marc Chagall,…

Edmund Burke (left) and Thomas Paine, caricatured by Gillray and Cruickshank respectively

Where did the Right and the Left come from? 

15 February 2014 9:00 am

What is the origin of left and right in politics? The traditional answer is that these ideas derive from the…

The wounded Kennedy – and the people who gave him strength

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Ten years ago, a determined historian transformed our picture of John F. Kennedy. Robert Dallek had finally got his hands…