French police stand guard as people gather to look at the Eiffel Tower that is lit with the blue, white and red in tribute to the Paris victims. Photograph: Reuters

Like millions of people, I’ve been obsessively following the news from Paris, putting aside other things to focus on the horror. It’s the natural huma(...)

While popular culture may focus more on meth than on prescription painkillers or good old alcohol, it’s not really news that there’s a drug problem in the US heartland

A couple of weeks ago President Obama Barack mocked Republicans who are “down on America”, and reinforced his message by doing a pretty good Grumpy Ca(...)

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton  is completely right about the record: historically, the economy has indeed done better under Democrats. Photograph: Katherine Taylor/Reuters

Last week the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed article by Carly Fiorina titled “Hillary Clinton Flunks Economics”, ridiculing Clinton’s assertio(...)

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are finally willing to say what sensible economists have been saying all along. And they weren’t punished politically – on the contrary they won a stunning victory. Photograph: Kevin Van Paassen/Bloomberg.

Canada has a reputation for dullness. Back in the 1980s the New Republic famously declared “Worthwhile Canadian Initiative” the world’s most boring he(...)

Denmark’s monetary and fiscal errors do not say anything about the sustainability of a strong welfare state. Photograph: Stockphoto/Getty Images

No doubt surprising many of the people watching the Democratic presidential debate, Bernie Sanders cited Denmark as a role model for how to help worki(...)

US presidential candidate Jeb Bush. He proposes doing away with rules regarding the disposal of coal ash, a byproduct of coal-burning power plants that contains mercury, arsenic and other contaminants . Photograph: Reuters/Chris Keane

Item: the CEO of Volkswagen resigned after revelations that his company committed fraud on an epic scale, installing software in its diesel cars that (...)

Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve whose officials left interest rates unchanged last week. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Last week the Federal Reserve chose not to raise interest rates. It was the right decision. In fact, I’m among the economists wondering why we’re even(...)

Jeremy Corbyn: his triumph isn’t that surprising given the determination of moderate Labour politicians to accept false claims about past malfeasance. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Jeremy Corbyn, a long-time leftist dissident, has won a stunning victory in the contest for leadership of Britain’s Labour Party. Political pundits sa(...)

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush participate in the first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland on Sunday. Bush has chosen to attack Trump as a false conservative. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

So Jeb Bush is finally going after Donald Trump. Over the past couple of weeks the man who was supposed to be the frontrunner has made a series of att(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: both the Republican establishment and the punditocracy have been shocked by his continuing appeal to the party’s base. Photograph: Jason Davis/Getty Images

There are many things we should remember about the events of late August and early September 2005 and the political fallout shouldn’t be near the top (...)