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Cabinet meetings under Margaret Thatcher were “miserably disappointing” gatherings devoid of debate and filled with “unctuous self-satisfaction”, one her most senior ministers said in 1984.

US regulators in talks to rescue troubled lender to small businesses

The US government is locked in talks to try to save one of the country's most important lenders to small business, CIT Group, as the bank faces a funding crisis.

Adrian Hamilton: The wrong way to reform the Select Committee system

The problem is not an overweening executive but that policy is so poor

Persevere with me on economy, says Obama

Next stop Capitol Hill to head off confrontation on the federal budget

Rupert Cornwell: Don't believe the critics – Obama is off to a good start

For once a US politician is treating his electorate as grown-ups

Obama economy plan approved

President Barack Obama's $825 bn (£584 bn) stimulus plan cleared its first major hurdle today, but failed to win bipartisan support.

Andrew Keen: An American who wants Americans to be globally well-informed

Tip O'Neill, the former Speaker of America's House of Representatives, famously said that all politics is local. But while such parochial wisdom might work for politics, it certainly doesn't make sense for new media in a digital age of the global network. One man who certainly doesn't share O'Neill's focus on the local is Philip Balboni, the CEO of GlobalPost ( www.globalpost.com), a very promising international news website launched earlier this month.

John Quincy Adams

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Illinois House votes to impeach governor

The Illinois House of Representatives today impeached Governor Rod Blagojevich, who is accused of abuse of power including an attempt to sell President-elect Barack Obama's former US Senate seat.

Party in search of a new direction

The post-election position of the Republican Party is so dire, even the most seasoned outside observers can't make up their minds what will happen to it. "There is going to be an explosion and an implosion" in its ranks, predicts, Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/09/blank-cheque-bo.html" target="_blank">John Rentoul: Blank cheque bounced</a>

Gordon Brown says it is "very disappointing" that Congresspersons, mostly Republicans, in the House of Representatives threw out the bailout plan.

Gay American war hero with Purple Heart who didn't tell unless asked

In life, Major Alan G Rogers was an American patriot, committed to the US Army in which he had served for 18 of his 40 years. His death this year, from a roadside bomb, which took the number of American losses in Iraq to more than 4,000, robbed the service of an outstanding military intelligence officer and deprived his friends of someone they all described as a great listener and a profoundly religious man.

Oil market not being manipulated by traders, select committee is told

The UK financial regulator and the oil futures exchanges have mounted a robust defence of their controls in front of a government committee, and rejected claims that speculators were behind the soaring price of oil.

Minister sent for anger therapy

An Australian politician who told a pregnant rival that her baby could be born a demon was ordered to seek anger counselling after a string of allegations about her behaviour.

Letters: Legalise cannabis

If you want to reduce the harm cannabis does, legalise it

The Official Election-Watcher's Glossary

Confused by the electoral coverage? This A-to-Z of buzz-words and commonly used political terms will help you make sense of what is going on, as well as highlighting the key issues.

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