Not over till they’re over: the countdown to the US midterm elections

Although some commentators say the results are certain, writes Lesley Russell, the race that will shape Barack Obama’s final two years in the White House is far from over

11 Aug 14 | Comments (0)

Is it too early to talk about 2016?

The next US presidential election is two-and-a-half years away, but some key decisions are likely much sooner, writes Lesley Russell

31 Mar 14 | Comments (0)

Beyond the State of the Union

Barack Obama has only limited time to cement his legacy before attention shifts to the next presidential election, writes Lesley Russell

06 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

Obamacare’s testing year ahead

Americans see Obamacare as either the president’s greatest achievement or his biggest failure, writes Lesley Russell. But the signs are growing that its success will outweigh any shortcomings

07 Jan 14 | Comments (0)

Back from the fiscal cliff – but now what?

Can Barack Obama turn the chaos in Republican ranks to the advantage of the Democrats, asks Lesley Russell

23 Oct 13 | Comments (0)

Small-target health policy gets off to a shaky start

The new government’s aged-care decisions suggest it will prioritise providers over consumers, writes Lesley Russell

17 Sep 13 | Comments (4)

An American story told through Americans’ stories

Lesley Russell reviews a sweeping account of the United States in the twenty-first century by New Yorker writer George Packer

11 Sep 13 | Comments (0)

Health: the missing election debate

So far, healthcare has gone missing in the election campaign, writes Lesley Russell

20 Aug 13 | Comments (1)