US politics

At this rate, we’ll have to rename New York

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, I took the monuments around the state capitol for granted. The first Confederate soldier…

Obama’s Brexit overreach is typical of his arrogance

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Nobody could describe Donald Trump as lacking in self-confidence, but the billionaire egomaniac is emotional jelly compared with King Barack.…

I'm no fan of Obama. But on Brexit, he does speak for America

23 April 2016 9:00 am

You don’t like Barack Obama’s foreign policy? Fine, I don’t either. You are impatient to know who the next president…

Coming to terms with Trump is like an early-stage cancer diagnosis

20 February 2016 9:00 am

A few nights ago, my missus and I were walking along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, minding our own business while…

Chris Mullin’s diary: The unexpected wisdom of Donald Trump

13 February 2016 9:00 am

While browsing in Barter Books, the wonderful secondhand bookshop in Alnwick that is fast becoming a national institution, I came…

Sorry, America, but it looks like Joe Biden is your next president

10 October 2015 9:00 am

I have a sinking feeling that Joe Biden might be the next president of the United States. In a brilliant…

Ben Carson has an amazing story. How about policies?

19 September 2015 8:00 am

   Washington DC Ben Carson is relaxed. ‘He’s always relaxed,’ says an aide. The next televised Republican primary debate is…

‘Keep out the Mexicans and al-Qaeda’: with Donald Trump and his fans at the Iowa State Fair

22 August 2015 9:00 am

 The Iowa State Fair ‘Donnnaaallldd!!! Donnnaaaaallldd!!!’ Donald Trump was surrounded by fans. He looked happy. He took a bite out of…

‘Asexual’ used to mean something even creepier than ‘Edward Heath’

22 August 2015 9:00 am

There was a time when my husband, who often addresses the television, would habitually react to Edward Heath’s appearance on…

Hillary Clinton (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty)

Hillary Clinton is a hopeless candidate – and Democrats are finally realising

8 August 2015 9:00 am

 New York Remember the fizz around Gordon Brown’s election campaign in 2010? The excitement he brought to the trail? The…

Mark Sanford and George W. Bush in 2002

The best American political memoir in a generation

8 August 2015 9:00 am

In June 2009, the good people of South Carolina lost Mark Sanford, their governor. Per his instructions, his staff told…

The Republicans are ready to win – once they’ve dumped Donald Trump

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Lunatics with money are never ‘mad’, only eccentric. In America, they are also Republican presidential candidates. So Donald Trump, a…

Selling power: a Spitting Image Thatcher puppet

Which political souvenirs are worth hanging on to

18 July 2015 9:00 am

My first reaction on hearing of Margaret Thatcher’s death in 2013 was: ‘Great — now my autograph from her will…

The transatlantic flirtation behind Ukip’s sudden meltdown

27 June 2015 9:00 am

What’s happened to poor Ukip? Not so long ago, they seemed unstoppable. They were revolting on the right, terrifying the…

Spectator letters: Allan Massie on the FBI; Christopher Booker on graffiti

13 June 2015 9:00 am

The long arm of the FBI Sir: The White House may be less willing than it was to play the…

‘The problem isn’t that we’ve been slaves to free markets’: Joseph Stiglitz interview

30 May 2015 9:00 am

‘How do you feel when you go back to Gary?’ I ask Joe Stiglitz. ‘Well, frankly, I get depressed,’ he…

How Hillary Clinton found her populist side (and why she’ll have to lose it)

18 April 2015 9:00 am

The centrist Democratic party bequeathed to President Barack Obama by Bill Clinton is not the one he will leave to…

The populist outsider who really could beat Hillary Clinton (clue: it’s not Elizabeth Warren)

4 April 2015 9:00 am

 Washington DC   Bored American reporters are pining for a Democratic primary challenger to step up against Hillary Clinton in…

Forget Geneva: the real US-Iran carve-up is happening in Iraq

21 March 2015 9:00 am

 Washington DC and Iraq   We stood on a bleak hillside in eastern Iraq looking at a makeshift grave. It…

America’s greatest tradition: inventing spurious traditions

28 February 2015 9:00 am

  Fredericksburg, Virginia Americans crave traditions. The older they are the more we cherish them. Thanksgiving, which beats out Christmas,…

Rand Paul is like Nigel Farage – except he might win

1 November 2014 9:00 am

When America’s National Institutes of Heath said that it hadn’t cured Ebola yet because of budget cuts, Senator Rand Paul…

All Worsthorne’s men: Hoover, surprisingly nice; Truman, smiling until Perry spoke; Eisenhower, who mocked his name; Kennedy, a hero; LBJ, a boor; Nixon, a friend; Reagan; and the first Bush

Bourbon from Bush, envy from Nixon... and running into Herbert Hoover: encounters with eight presidents

25 October 2014 9:00 am

I feel a bit of a fraud writing about the ‘presidents I knew’, since journalists do not really get to…

Henry Kissinger interview: ‘I don’t see the wisdom there once was’

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Henry Kissinger doesn’t believe in retirement. At 91, having had a heart-valve operation three months ago, he is nonetheless publishing…

David Frum’s diary: When Hamas shoots at Israel, they’re shooting at my kid

9 August 2014 9:00 am

 Wellington, Ontario A British visitor to this village might be disoriented by the flags. They look almost exactly like the…

Impeaching Obama would be crazy. But the Republicans will probably try

12 July 2014 9:00 am

 Washington DC So it’s come to this: the only thing that can save President Obama from his own complacent and…