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Tom Perez is elected leader of a party in crisis

TOM PEREZ is taking over the leadership of the Democratic Party at one of the lowest points in its 189-year history. Since 2009 the party has lost more than 1,000 state legislature seats, more than a dozen governor’s mansions and numerous city halls.

Donald Trump is remodelling the right

“CONSERVATISM can and does mean different things to those who call themselves conservatives,” said Ronald Reagan soothingly, in an address to the Conservative Political Action Conference in 1977.

Detroit’s long road to recovery begins downtown

“THE Corvette was designed here,” says Jacques Panis, the president of Shinola, a maker of trendy watches, bikes and turntables, at the start of a tour of the company's workshop and offices.

The Trump administration reverses guidelines on transgender bathrooms

ON February 22nd, the Trump administration announced it would withdraw its predecessor’s guidelines regarding the accommodation of transgender students in America’s government-funded schools.

When do foreigners have rights under America’s constitution?

DISPUTES that reach the Supreme Court tend to be hard cases—conflicts concerning government power or individual rights that confound and divide judges serving on lower courts.

A church-state case may be an early test for Neil Gorsuch

A RECENT ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio could set up the first major religious-liberty case Neil Gorsuch may help resolve if the Senate confirms his nomination to the Supreme Court this spring. The Sixth Circuit case concerns a dispute over legislative prayer, a topic Mr Gorsuch has never weighed in on.

Donald Trump appoints another national security adviser

THE 23 national security advisers who served Donald Trump’s predecessors included two army or marine generals. On February 20th Mr Trump equalled that tally in less than a month, by appointing Lieutenant-General H.R. McMaster to succeed his disgraced former adviser, Mike Flynn.

Protesters gather in Boston to “stand up for science”

LYNYRD SKYNYRD'S “Sweet Home Alabama” is a strange choice of song to open a rally of scientists. Written in 1973, the southern anthem was a response to Neil Young’s critique of the barbaric treatment of African-Americans in the South—it tells the Canadian songwriter to mind his own business.

Donald Trump signs a law repealing disclosure rule for oil companies

ON FEBRUARY 13th, Donald Trump signed his first major piece of legislation—“a big signing” as he put it. The law repealed a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulation that oil and mining companies should disclose their payments to foreign governments.

Virginia: a rights battleground

VIRGINIA prides itself on being a birthplace of enduring democratic traditions. It was here that America made its first foray into representative government: in 1619, the House of Burgesses was created to govern the Virginia colony in partnership with a governor appointed by the British crown.

Michael Flynn quits over secret contacts with Russia

SOME resignations from high office are like the cauterising of a wound: brutal but decisive. Others resemble a battlefield amputation: a painful loss which cannot dispel the sinister whiff of some deeper infection.

Can Chris Kennedy fix Illinois?

ILLINOIS was a mess when Bruce Rauner took over as the first Republican governor in many years in January 2015. This large Midwestern state, with a population of 13m, had the most underfunded retirement system of any state and the largest pension burden relative to state revenue.

A resignation opens up yet another vacancy at the Fed

DANIEL TARULLO, one of five current governors of the Federal Reserve, has announced that he will quit the job in April. Since his appointment in 2009, Mr Tarullo has led the overhaul of financial regulation at the central bank, which took on greater regulatory powers under the Dodd-Frank law of 2010.

The wonkless White House

BEFORE Donald Trump took office, many commentators hoped that he would immerse himself in high-quality policy advice, rather than govern from his gut. The haphazard first few weeks of his presidency have done little to encourage those hopes.

Judges uphold suspension of Donald Trump’s travel ban

ON FEBRUARY 9th, after Donald Trump’s appeal to reinstate his travel ban suffered a unanimous defeat at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the 45th president posted a tweet in capital letters: “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” Mr Trump seems determined to press on with litigation to close America’s borders to...

Why Donald Trump may end up hiring some of his critics

IT IS a sign of the anxiety in foreign policy circles in Washington, DC that the possible elevation of one of its most controversial members is being lauded as a return to sanity.

Melania Trump’s “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to profit

IT IS a testament to the profound abnormality of Donald Trump’s operation that, even as one outrageous headline follows another, it retains its power to shock. An example of this was contained in the lawsuit Melania Trump filed on February 6th against Mail Media, which operates the Daily Mail’s website.

Appeals court seems sceptical about Donald Trump’s travel ban

AT an extraordinary, phoned-in hearing on February 7th, three federal judges heard arguments in Washington v Trump, a fight over the legality and constitutionality of the 45th president’s order suspending America’s refugee programme and banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Betsy DeVos is confirmed as education secretary in contentious Senate vote

"SATURDAY Night Live" had a field day with Betsy DeVos’s confirmation process. In an imaginary press conference, the comedy show wheeled out Ms DeVos, played by Kate McKinnon, to respond to reporters.

Donald Trump rages against the judge who halted his travel ban

ON February 3rd, one week after Donald Trump issued an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and suspending America’s refugee programme, a federal judge in Washington state dealt a major blow to the administration’s plan. James Robart, appointed by George W.

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