News story: PM holds talks with President Obama at start of US trip

The Prime Minister has used talks with President Obama at the White House to discuss using this year’s G8 summit at Lough Erne to help spur strong and sustainable global economic growth. David Cameron also spoke to the President about the potential to launch negotiations for an EU-US trade deal during the summit. The pair […]


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Wall Street manipulates deficit angst with fiscal cliff fear | Dean Baker

Deficit hawks rely on media allies to report budget doom to advance their agenda of cutting Medicare and social security Many of the nation’s most important news outlets openly embrace the agenda of the rich and powerful that colors its coverage of major economic issues. This is perhaps nowhere better demonstrated than during the current […]


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The big lesson from the US election is not a new one, but a very old one | Andrew Rawnsley

The Conservatives and Labour should both note that President Obama won re-election by capturing the centre As soon as one race for the White House ends, another begins – the sprint among British politicians to try to associate themselves with the winner. “Warm congratulations to my friend @BarackObama. Look forward to continuing to work together,” […]


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Election 2012: America’s new mandate on climate change | Richard Schiffman

In an election year already marked by extreme weather events, Superstorm Sandy put the environment back on the US agenda For Americans concerned about the environment, disaster was avoided on Tuesday. President Obama – with his somewhat lackluster record, if decidedly more exalted rhetoric, on global warming – defeated the Republican challenger who had vowed […]


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President Obama re-election

Prime Minister David Cameron has given his reaction to Barack Obama’s victory in the US Presidential election. The Prime Minister spoke during his visit to Jordan: “I would like to congratulate Barack Obama on his re-election. “I have really enjoyed working with him over the last few years and I look forward to working with […]


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Erskine Bowles: an object lesson in Wall Street influence on Washington | Dean Baker

No wonder the deficit commission’s report ignored calls for a Tobin tax when its co-author is a corporate finance insider Erskine Bowles is widely known in Washington policy circles as a co-chair of President Obama’s deficit commission, along with former Senator Alan Simpson. The report that he and Simpson co-authored is held up as the […]


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How the Republicans’ scorched-earth anti-Obama strategy has backfired | Michael Cohen

By being ‘the party of no’ to Obama on jobs, stimulus, healthcare and all, the GOP has left Romney with no positive offer to voters Barack Obama should be losing the 2012 presidential election – or so says the conventional wisdom. With unemployment above 8%, a recovery that is mediocre at best and economic uncertainty […]


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Republicans aim to win Gabrielle Giffords seat in Arizona special election- live

Republicans seek to make special election to replace Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona hinge on national politics and economy 4.45pm: Finally, President Obama held a fundraising campaign event – one of a half dozen or so – today in Owings Mills, Maryland – which is where his joke about the Republican policies fitting into a single […]


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