10 Oct 2013
Both sides seem willing to talk, neither side is willing to compromise. America’s budget crisis is still very much in stand-off mode.
8 Oct 2013
Speaker John Boehner is trapped between doing the right thing and saying the things the Right wants to hear. His bravado might be enough to keep the Tea Party wolves at bay.
7 Oct 2013
The US House easily has enough votes to end the shutdown immediately, but may need to hobble on for another two weeks to avoid an even more reckless stunt.
30 Sep 2013
President Obama is now less popular with the voters than George W. Bush was. Is he a victim of his era, or it could be that he isn't a particularly good politician?
23 Sep 2013
Obamacare remains deeply unpopular with voters, but the GOP’s attempt to derail it by engineering a temporary government shutdown will likely backfire.
20 Aug 2013
With his promise to put Main Street ahead of Wall Street, Bill de Blasio has emerged as an unlikely frontrunner in the New York mayoralty race.
7 Aug 2013
As House Republicans deftly redrawn congressional electoral borders to their individual advantage, the gerrymandering masters have, nationally, shot their party in the foot.
18 Jun 2013
New tweeter and retired Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is shaping as a lock for the Democratic nomination in 2016. Less known is that the Republicans could have an unassailable candidate soon too.
13 Jul 2011
Slugged by a flailing economy and unlimited corporate Republican donations, Barack Obama has never looked less likely to win the 2012 presidential election.
17 Jun 2011
US presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is running a courageous election strategy – but it makes better sense as a play for the White House in 2016.
13 Jun 2011
John Key's 'smile and wave' persona is seemingly impossible to shake, making him the most popular NZ prime minister ever and almost a shoe-in at this year's election.
17 May 2011
As the US crashes through another debt ceiling, the Republican's presidential candidate race is heating up. But as contenders quickly turn to pretenders, perhaps the best strategy is to sit on the sidelines.
19 Apr 2011
A powerful website is lifting the lid on the increasingly murky world of US political donations, allowing users to track how giant companies are influencing parties and candidates.
6 Apr 2011
While Donald Trump's tilt at the White House will almost certainly fizzle, Republicans could learn a thing or two from his campaign built on straightforward economic nationalism.
29 Mar 2011
As Sarah Palin's electoral prospects wane, an even more formidable arch-conservative force has emerged – and she seems to have her eyes set on the presidency.
17 Mar 2011
As General Petraeus attempts to sell a deeply unpopular war to sceptical Americans, Republicans are creating a political circus over perceived terror closer to home.
9 Mar 2011
US Republicans' growing pessimism about the future of the country is at odds with the American people's firm self-belief, presenting an opportunity for a more hopeful President Obama.
1 Mar 2011
If a Republican union-busting plan is successful in Wisconsin, expect a flurry of copycat measures across the US that will unleash a wave of industrial unrest with uncertain but profound consequences.
21 Feb 2011
Any deal bold enough to meet America's daunting fiscal challenges will require firm bipartisan support. But for either side to take this high-risk leap, both will insist on strapping themselves to the other guy first.
27 Jan 2011
A major omission in President Obama's State of the Union speech – climate change – reveals how gridlocked US politics is at the present time.
26 Jan 2011
The attractiveness of Malcolm Turnbull's centrism and his perceived suitability to high office are overstated. It is Tony Abbott who is best placed to make Julia Gillard a one-term PM.
19 Jan 2011
The cost of repairing flood damage will scupper Labor's promised budget surpluses. But there is a way out for the government – a dedicated flood rebuilding levy may be the best of a bad bunch of options.
17 Jan 2011
The attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords has put a temporary hold on attempts to reverse Obama's health reforms. But when debate resumes the Republicans face an explosive internal battle.
13 Jan 2011
Sarah Palin's refusal to adopt a conciliatory tone following the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords shouldn't surprise anyone – there is strategy behind her belligerence.
10 Jan 2011
If Sarah Palin can't find a way to extricate herself from the perception that she has actively promoted a culture of extremism that led to the shooting of Democrat Gabrielle Giffords her political prospects are dire.
3 Jan 2011
Obama's unexpected recent legislative wins are the first steps towards his re-election. However, a Republican congress will make progress more difficult and Bill Clinton's famed political playbook mightn't be as effective nowadays.
29 Dec 2010
Barack Obama has the upper hand going into the 2012 US Presidential election, but there are five key reasons why the Republicans have significant grounds for optimism.
22 Dec 2010
The steady rise of the Tea Party will create tensions for Republicans in the lead-up to the US presidential election – their choice of candidate is by no means clear cut.
10 Dec 2010
To many, Obama's tax deal with Republicans neatly symbolises his leadership woes – too eager to deal with his enemies, but not canny or hard-nosed enough to prevail.
29 Nov 2010
Following the outcome of the Victorian election, Labor now faces the task of catering to the growing conservative voting bloc in Melbourne's outer suburbs without being pulled too far to the right.
25 Nov 2010
Ted Baillieu is breathing down John Brumby's neck ahead of this weekend's Victorian state election, but there are five key factors that are likely to deliver a Brumby government victory.
17 Nov 2010
While the Victorian Liberals' surprise preference decision will play a role in their likely defeat at the polls, the party's woes are etched far deeper into Ted Baillieu's leadership style
5 Nov 2010
The outcome of the US mid-term elections will trigger a series of policy fights with profound political consequences for 2012 and beyond.
27 Oct 2010
The Democrats will spend little time mourning their losses at the mid-term elections because as Bill Clinton learned, ceding control of Congress is much worse in theory than in practice.