US election

Donald Trump’s telephone conversation with the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen was a massive break with established policy – which will be greeted with shock in Beijing. When the US re-established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China in 1979, it also severed diplomatic links with Taiwan. Since then there have been no direct conversations between the leaders of the US and Taiwan.

The stakes involved in the triangular relationship between Taipei, Beijing and Washington could not be higher. The Chinese government has repeatedly stressed that it is prepared to go to war, rather than accept Taiwanese independence. The US, while it does not promote the independence of Taiwan, has also promised to resist any attempt to incorporate Taiwan into China by force. I have personally witnessed a conversation between Chinese officials and high-ranking Americans, in which the US side has said openly that a Chinese attack on Taiwan would lead to war between the US and China. Read more

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Here’s your weekly US politics wrap-up:

President-elect Donald Trump embarked on a victory tour on Thursday, with a plan to stop in the swing states that had unexpectedly delivered him the White House. Read more

The transition to the Donald Trump presidency has begun, after the businessman travelled to the White House to meet Barack Obama today, with the possibility that the president-elect could undo huge swathes of the president’s legacy is in the air.

The pair struck a conciliatory tone. But the image of the first black president preparing to hand over power to the man who had led a racist crusade to delegitimise him as un-American was striking, writes Jelani CobbRead more

Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump Holds Election Night Event In New York City

Donald Trump became US president-elect after winning one of the most divisive elections in US history, and US markets responded positively after the stunning result had initially hit markets in Europe and Asia, while peaceful protests were sparked in urban centres around America

Key points

  • Republican Donald Trump surged past the required 270 votes needed to win. Read our coverage of how it happened here.

  • Trump: “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division.”

  • US stock market forges ahead and Asian markets bounce back on Day 2 after an initial sharp sell-off

  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note jumped by the most in more than three years

  • Mexican President Peña Nieto joins world leaders in taking a conciliatory tone

  • President Barack Obama promises a “smooth transition”

  • Hillary Clinton congratulates her rival and “offers to work with him”

 

The US – and the world – was still reeling the day after the surprise victory of Donald Trump. The Federal Reserve was facing the possibility of a policy shake-up from Mr Trump, who has been critical of the central bank, but markets defied the panic that gripped them the night before, with the Dow climbing to a near all-time closing high.

Hillary Clinton struck a conciliatory note in her concession speech on Wednesday morning: “we owe him an open mind and the chance to lead”. It is likely that she will have won the popular vote by about 1-2 per cent when all the votes in California have been counted. Read more

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He called himself “Mr Brexit”. He promised a “Brexit times ten”. Uncharacteristically for Donald Trump, he may have undersold it.

Trump has upended not just the political world, but the polling industry, the media, prediction markets, the GOP and Democratic establishments and the entire geopolitical order by pulling off the most improbable win in US historyRead more

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Voting is underway in one of the most divisive US presidential elections in history that will see either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump win the White House.

Key points

  • Polls close from 6pm EST (11pm GMT) through to 1am ET across the country

  • The FT’s poll of polls gives Clinton a 3.3 point lead nationally

  • Focus is on a handful of battleground states where candidates are 5 points or less apart.

  • Our results coverage starts at 6pm EST; bookmark our live results page for later

  • Read our live coverage as the results come in

 

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Well, this is it. Americans are at the polls. Results will start rolling in in a few hours, so keep our live results page open to get a real-time sense of whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump comes out on top in one of the most dramatic and divisive campaigns in US history.

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In just over 24 hours, our long national nightmare will be over.

I kid. It probably won’t be over for a handful of hours after that, when the first returns start trickling in. Or maybe days after that if there’s a recount in any of the many toss-up states or if the losing candidate decides to contest the results.

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Labeling a politician a fascist is not usually helpful. The word is chucked around so much that it has lost most of its explanatory force. As long ago as 1944, George Orwell wrote that – “It will be seen that, as used, the word ‘Fascism’ is almost entirely meaningless …I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting … Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Shek … and I do not know what else.”

And yet, this US presidential election has seen some of America’s most prominent political commentators describe Donald Trump as a fascist. So does the Republican candidate deserve this description? Might America, indeed, be on the brink of electing a fascist as its next president? Read more

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Last night the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, fulfilling the prophecy of the 1989 classic Back to the Future II, in which the idea of the Cubs winning their first championship since 1908 was treated as a sort of preposterous joke (in 2015, as it happens in the flick). Among the other phenomena prophesied: hoverboards, self-lacing shoes, and the rise of a brash, braggadocious, bullying businessman with a straw-coloured combover and a penchant for yelling who uses the profits from his casino to take over the Republican Party. Read more

Tonight, the Cleveland Indians host the Chicago Cubs for Game 7 of the World Series, which will pit a team that hasn’t won a baseball championship in nearly 70 years against one that hasn’t won one in 108 years. Read more

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There’s just one week left in the most surprising election in recent memory.

Here’s where we’re at: polls are tightening amid a flood of stories that probably would have upended most races. Read more

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When FBI director James Comey sent a letter to congress on Friday, he upended the 2016 race. Read more

Let’s talk about the recent flooding in Cedar Rapids, said Hillary Clinton on Friday as she stood before a crowd in Iowa. It’s safe to say that most onlookers had another topic on their minds.

With just 11 days to go to the election, the email scandal that has hung like an albatross around the Democratic presidential candidate’s neck was backRead more

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Bill Clinton is widely acknowledged as one of the brightest political minds of his generation. But during Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency this year – and, indeed, during the 2008 primary race – the former president has sometimes proven himself to be a liability (see: his vexing decision to pop onto Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s plane for a half hour amid the probe into his wife’s email server).

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With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are making their closing arguments. But they are taking two very different approaches. Read more

Could the 2016 presidential election, once again come down to Florida? To judge by the two candidates’ travel schedules – it certainly might. Over the past week, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both been campaigning hard in the Sunshine State.

I went to see Trump speak at Orlando-Sanford airport on Tuesday afternoon. Several concerned friends told me to take care at the Trump rally – assuming it would be full of angry, violent racists. As it happens, I did not find the atmosphere particularly threatening. This was partly because the audience was extremely geriatric (see photos). Read more

With only fourteen days until Election Day, it’s only fitting that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have spent the day shadowing each other in Florida, a state that has decided many a presidential election – perhaps even this one. Read more

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Put simply (but with a massive hedge): probably not. Read more