Politics of the United States

Arlen Specter, moderate who rejected right wing

Arlen Specter, a US senator from 1980 to 2010, was a moderate who rejected an increasingly right-wing Republican party. Photo: AP

Arlen Specter, a moderate former US senator from Pennsylvania who played key roles in critical Senate battles but angered colleagues by switching from Republican to Democrat, has died.

Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 4:19am

Politicians' wives take the fall in scandals

Henry Tang's wife, Lisa Kuo, took the blame for illegal alterations to their home.

"I had no doubt that I could construct a satisfying life by myself and make a good living, but I hoped Bill and I could grow old together."

So wrote Hillary Clinton in her 2003 autobiography Living History when recalling the 1998 sex scandal involving her husband, then the president of the United States, and an intern, Monica Lewinsky.

28 Aug 2012 - 8:27am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Big eaters to go huge on shrimp

19 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Despite high hopes, G20 fails to provide global vision

Luckily, the message from Washington to Shanghai was that 'the mice are feet down', so US president George W. Bush and his entourage could relax; they would not be dead in a few hours.

5 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Channel hop

Despite her declaration, in the opening credits, that 'I love this state like I love my family', Sarah Palin's Alaska (TLC; Thursdays at 9pm) should, for clarity's sake, have been named Sarah Palin's Family ... who happen to live in Alaska.

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Rising star's fall shows a party in disarray

The case of Edward Yum Liang-hsien, a League of Social Democrats member who has been arrested on suspicion of rape and indecent assault, has been a hot news item for a couple of weeks.

There has been an obvious rise of news-related infotainment, with the print media today treating most news items as entertainment news to attract readers.

29 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Obama ticks the right boxes on Asia

US President Barack Obama can look back at his administration's first year of engagement with Asia with satisfaction. There were no serious missteps or opportunities lost. A sturdy platform has been created on which can be built solid relationships. The future will remain bright as long as policies continue to be carefully thought out and pragmatically implemented.

20 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Information should be free, students told

Amid the US president's diplomatic rhetoric on peace and collaboration, he made a carefully worded defence of human rights and firm advocacy of the free flow of information.

17 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Delicate balancing act for Obama

Is it possible to improve and broaden ties with China while not only maintaining old suspicions, but reaching out to those who also harbour those fears?

16 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Small steps towards a sound relationship

A sound relationship between China and the US is essential for global peace and stability. President Hu Jintao and his American counterpart, Barack Obama, appreciate this: their telephone conversation yesterday and meeting in London on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit last month were full of goodwill and pledges of co-operation.

8 May 2009 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

A master of the ferry launch Man On and the mistress of a harbour passenger boat reported a collision between their vessels to the Harbour Office on March 19. The master states he was proceeding from Hongkong to Shamshuipo when he saw a sampan bearing down on him at about 60 yards distance in the Southern Fairway. He altered course and sounded his whistle, but the sampan altered too.

17 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Sino-US ties on 'fastest track' under Obama

The speed with which Sino-US ties have been put on track and elevated to a higher level under the new administration is unprecedented and largely due to deepening global financial turmoil and fast-changing geopolitics, analysts say.

24 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Made to Stick

Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath Arrow Books, HK$136

22 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

And what about China?

US President Barack Obama had no time to climb inside his 'golden cage' of the White House before icy economic reality blasted his triumphal Inauguration Day.

24 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Obama mounts history's stage with an epic task

Barack Obama has inspired America and the world because of who he is. As the first black president of the United States, he embodies the American dream of equality and opportunity. With Hussein as his middle name, a father from Kenya and a childhood spent partly in Indonesia, he also exemplifies the cultural and racial diversity that characterises America today.

21 Jan 2009 - 12:00am