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If you have spent the past decade wondering what has happened to Kenneth Starr, wonder no more. The famous Whitewater independent counsel who spearheaded the investigation of Bill Clinton in the 1990s is back in the limelight, seventeen years after Clinton’s impeachment. Read more

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On Saturday Night Live this past weekend, Kate McKinnon and Larry David – the actors impersonating Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders – waltzed into the sunset to the tune of Tchaikovsky’s the Nutcracker in a gauzy, dry ice-filled dream sequence that sees the rivals cheerily reminisce over the primary’s high and lows, laugh, embrace and even pirouette.

Would that were the case. Read more

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After a fractious Republican primary, Donald Trump and his erstwhile Republican critics appear to be attempting a different approach ahead of the general election: party unity.

On Thursday, Trump travelled to Washington to meet Paul Ryan, the House speaker, and a handful of other Republican officials – an experiment that went basically as well as it possibly could have. Read more

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Thirteen months into his presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders has finally gotten the recognition that a candidate with 19 primary and caucus wins, millions of supporters and over $180m in campaign contribution deserves: a disparaging moniker from Donald Trump. Read more

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“If I get elected president, head out tomorrow and buy a seatbelt because there is going to be so much happening in the first 100 days it’s going to make your head spin,” John Kasich famously told voters in February.

For now, those Kasich, anti-head-spinning seatbelts will have to be put away. On Wednesday at 5pm EST, the Ohio governor announced he was withdrawing from the Republican race, less than 24 hours after Ted Cruz announced he too was ending his campaign – a surprise for his supporters, opponents and the media. Read more

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Some pacts last forever. Others can barely make it through 24 hours.

While Ted Cruz and John Kasich valiantly announced late on Sunday night that they had formed an alliance to stop Donald Trump in Indiana, Oregon and New Mexico, there are already signs that this new partnership may not be working out as planned. Read more

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Fresh off the New York primary, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are engaging in a war of words… over restrooms.

On Thursday morning Trump was asked on the “Today” show about a recent bill signed by North Carolina’s governor which restricts transgender people to using public bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate. Read more

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The biggest political news of the day comes not from the campaign trail but from the US Treasury. After fierce debate in Washington, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has announced that Alexander Hamilton’s face will remain on the $10 bill, appeasing fans of the award-winning Broadway hip-hop musical Hamilton, while the abolitionist Harriet Tubman will grace the face of the $20. Read more

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Umpteen New York pizza slices, hot dogs and “Victory” ice cream sundaes later, the five remaining presidential candidates are bidding adieu to the Big Apple. And some are more anxious to leave town than others.

While polls don’t close in New York until 9pm today, three of the candidates — Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and John Kasich – had all fled town by midday, a telltale sign for how they expect tonight to play out. Read more

The 2016 political circus is travelling to the Big Apple, and some candidates are surviving the move better than others. On Thursday, Ted Cruz got a Bronx cheer from the New York Daily News. “Honey, how do we get out of the Bronx…Take the F-U Train, Ted!” read the paper’s front page, emblazoned with a photograph of Cruz and his wife Heidi. Read more

After a 10-day lull in the primary calendar, we are back to the races with Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican primaries in Wisconsin. Over the past week, the parties’ contenders have fought it out in Wisconsin, aka “America’s Dairyland” – a key battleground. Read more

April Fools! These aren’t your real candidates. Oh, wait.

For every 2016-themed April Fools meme dominating the internet, there is yet another reminder that this campaign is very much for real. Read more

It’s the first week since the Iowa Caucus where there has not been a single Republican caucus or primary. And the news cycle has not been kind to Donald Trump.

Just one day after defending his campaign manager against battery charges, Trump has landed himself in fresh controversy after declaring that “there has to be some sort of punishment” for women who have abortions. Read more

Iowa Trump

It was the Trump event vs the everyone-but-Trump event. The 2016 Republican primary race entered uncharted territory, as the billionaire businessman continued to challenge all parts of the GOP establishment, including the Fox News outlet, traditionally courted by candidates as the most watched cable news channel in America, by holding his own event 3 miles away from the party debate in Iowa.

The FT US political team led by Demetri Sevastopulo and Courtney Weaver in Iowa tracked the action from the rival Trump event and Fox gathering, where the rest of the field of Republican candidates tried to stamp their mark on the race without the noise of the man who is usually the biggest voice in the room. The team was joined by US Online News editor Emiliya Mychasuk.

 

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The Republican White House contenders took the stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for their fourth presidential debate. There were eight contenders on the stage after Fox Business News, which co-hosted the event with media empire stablemate The Wall Street Journal, determined that Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor, and Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, did not qualify to participate under their criteria. Marco Rubio built on his momentum, while Jeb Bush did not do much to bolster a wilting campaign, and Donald Trump stood out less than in previous debates as the field narrowed. 

After watching their fortunes nosedive over the past year on the back of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and adventures in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s oligarchs caught a break on Friday night: a free meal on Vladimir Putin. Read more

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Russians plus planes plus duty-free alcohol can be a dangerous mix (Getty)

Over the past year, the Kremlin has launched a relative successful crackdown on Russian alcohol consumption, restricting the hours when booze can be sold, raising prices and finally deciding to classify beer as an alcoholic beverage (rather than a soft drink).

Now, the government is stepping up to solve another, and perhaps bigger, alcohol-related problem: how do you stop airline passengers from becoming belligerently drunk in an enclosed space?

Over the past few weeks, two new videos have emerged confirming what most Moscow jetsetters could have told you already. Russians plus airplanes plus duty-free alcohol can – on occasion – be a horrible combination.

Take, for instance, the case of Vyacheslav Ismailov, a 28-year-old businessman from Podolsk, a sleepy Moscow suburb. Read more