Ganesh Janan

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US president Joe Biden: The next four years hinge on which is the truer Biden – the bold manifesto or the emollient tone. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

For once, Joe Biden was less sentimental than his audience. The inauguration of the US president last week brought forth a media gush that had been pe(...)

The Greens are not sure whether they are part of the radical side of Irish politics or whether they want to be a special case. Photograph: Alan Betson

Whether the Green Party joins the coalition government with Fine Gael and Fianna Fail or not - and you will know when reading this what I don’t when w(...)

Barack Obama’s presidencies have warped Democrats’ expectations. Some have come to regard a once-per-generation talent as the standard by which presidential hopefuls must be judged. Photograph: Richard Clement/Reuters

One of the great zingers in US political history was ultimately a failure. In 1988, Dan Quayle, all thumbs as a politician, was indeed “no Jack Kenned(...)

House speaker Nancy Pelosi. Get this impeachment wrong and Democrats throw away an eminently winnable election next year. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Until Tuesday, Nancy Pelosi, who turns 80 in March, was honouring the rule that people grow cautious with age. The speaker of the US House of Represen(...)

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren  visits Fairfield, Iowa, US. Photograph: Rachel Mummey/Reuters

Last summer, New York magazine put a bounding Elizabeth Warren on its cover, along with the headline “Front Runner?” Even allowing for the crafty hedg(...)

US president Donald Trump and China’s president Xi Jinping  in Beijing.  The absence of an international rival has been a disaster for the internal politics of the US. And the emergence of a new one, in China, might be an unexpected blessing. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/Getty Images

Outside this columnist’s residence in Washington, the power centre of the world, are potholes the approximate depth and radius of elephant footprints.(...)

Bernie Sanders participates in a news conference with Democratic politicians, in Washington, last week.  Photograph: Michael ReynoldS/EPA

Oppressive regimes hide economic inequalities with bread and circuses. The US does it with a mere idea: classlessness. It explains the national self-i(...)

Protesters gather as US president Donald Trump visits the synagogue named Tree of Life in the Squirrel Hill neighbourhood of Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Photograph: Hilary Swift/The New York Times

The shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday was the worst attack on American Jews in the nation’s history. The past 18 months have also seen th(...)

US president Donald Trump reacts as pastor Paula White tells him she has a bible to give  him at a dinner hosted for evangelical leaders at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Donald Trump’s leaked remarks to evangelical leaders last month contained a telling choice of possessive pronoun: “I just ask you to go out and make s(...)

Paul Romer: ordered his staff to write more clearly, shut them up whenever they banged on interminably in presentations, and insisted all reports were short and lucid

The story was one of the saddest I have read in ages. The World Bank’s chief economist ordered his staff to write more clearly, shut them up whenever (...)

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