EU poll talk puts smile on PM's face
When prime ministers travel abroad, more often than not crises blow up at home.
There then ensues a frantic process whereby Downing Street officials desperately try to find out what is happening.
They get their wires crossed. And then they make poor decisions. A row follows.
The prime minister gets cross that his trip has been overshadowed by a domestic news story. And he skulks down the front of the plane as far away from the hacks as he can get.
Not so today. David Cameron bounded down the plane almost as soon as we took off with a grin on his face.
Prime minister's belief in Israel 'unbreakable'
David Cameron came to the Middle East to encourage the Israelis and Palestinians to sign up to a US diplomatic process designed to get both sides talking.
Yet his speech to the Israeli parliament was notable for its lack of edge.
Questions over Labour jobs plan
Labour's jobs guarantee is the kind of policy that gets party strategists weak at the knees.
Not only is it designed to tackle long term unemployment but it also hopes to cut welfare spending too.
UKIP: 'No skeletons in my cupboard'
If you want evidence of how UKIP is trying to become more professional, look no further than the form potential candidates have to fill out, a copy of which I have obtained at the party's conference in Torquay.
Wannabe UKIP candidates have to declare the following:
Floods: Are politicians more Canute than can-do?
It was on the marshy banks of the Thames at what would subsequently become Westminster that King Canute supposedly battled the incoming flood tide.
He placed his throne on the beach and commanded the rising waters to halt to show his impotence at the face of the elements.
Good signs for UKIP in Wythenshawe?
The Wythenshawe and Sale East by- election is dull.
There is no getting away from it. I have spent a day driving round this corner of southern Manchester and there is hardly a poster to be seen. The streets do not heave with canvassers.
Britain and France 'at odds with one another, again'
It has not been news for several centuries to report that Britain and France are often at odds with one another and that tension hangs across la Manche like a stubborn mist on the sea's face.
But of late the relationship has been pretty dire.
UK to act with 'urgency' over Syrian refugees says PM
The government has been reluctant to admit any Syrian refugees to the UK, preferring to focus its humanitarian aid on refugees in the region.
But a fear of looking hard hearted and the threat of parliamentary defeat on Wednesday changed minds in Downing Street.
Lord Rennard row: What does it tell us about Lib Dems?
On Monday, Lord Rennard is hoping to resume his seat on the Liberal Democrat benches in the House of Lords.
With exquisite timing, he will do so just as their Lordships gather to discuss anti-social behaviour.
Why are 95 Conservative MPs backing calls for EU veto?
The decision by 95 Conservative MPs to sign a letter demanding that Parliament should have the power to veto EU law unilaterally has left ministers scratching their heads with astonishment.
They believe such a change would make it impossible for the European Union to work.