Blog Profile / Democracy in America


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:2014
Posts / Week:8.9
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Ohio’s controversial abortion bill

JOHN KASICH is trying his very best not to alienate any potential backers of a moderate Republican candidate for the presidency. So far the governor of Ohio has done well: he was the most centrist debater in the first televised debate of ten GOP presidential hopefuls. Show More Summary

Doubling down

CRASHING commodities scare not only stock markets. They also strike fear into environmentalists keen to see America move towards renewable sources of energy. Barack Obama sought to bolster confidence in green power at the National Clean...Show More Summary

Is it bad to have a bunch of old judges?

ON THE third season of “House of Cards”, the Netflix show about Washington Machiavellianism gone haywire, a fictional Supreme Court justice mulls retirement when he is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Aside from some overblown criticism of...Show More Summary

Chicago feels the Bern

BERNIE SANDERS is on a roll. His political rallies attract bigger crowds than those of any other contender for the presidency. More than 15,000 showed up to hear him speak in Seattle, 27,000 in Los Angeles and 28,000 in Portland. His audience at the Iowa state fair was bigger than The Donald’s. Show More Summary

Blame Mexico!

"I'M A huge fan of the Mexican people," Donald Trump said in an interview this weekend with NBC's Chuck Todd. "But they have to pay for the wall." Mr Trump, a real-estate mogul and the current front-runner in the race for the Republican...Show More Summary

What the Black Lives Matter campaign gets wrong

HECKLING politicians is rarely an effective form of advocacy. In the midterm elections advocates for illegal immigrants heckled Barack Obama—and mostly were shouted down. But at a series of recent political events, protesters standing up to shout that “black lives matter” have been causing ripples in the Democratic presidential-primary race. Show More Summary

Jeb Bush affects joyfulness in Iowa

IOWA is an easy state to mock. It is full of cornfields and its most famous annual festival, the Iowa State Fair, is an 11-day tribute to agriculture and over-eating best known for deep-fried food on sticks (including battered, deep-fried chunks of butter). Show More Summary

Trumpismo and its limits

DONALD TRUMP'S raucous performance in the first debate between the leading GOP presidential aspirants has not hurt his national poll numbers. Nor has his abhorrent comment about Megyn Kelly, a hard-charging Fox News presenter. Not yet, at least. Show More Summary

Obamacare's haters won't stop hating

AT THE end of June, when the Supreme Court saved the Affordable Care Act from a technical challenge in King v Burwell, it seemed the legal battles over Obamacare were finally over. But the “never-ending saga” of anti-Obamacare litigation, as Justice Elena Kagan put it, presses on. Show More Summary

A stalemate with the governor

“WHAT he wants is so radical,” says John Cullerton. Sitting amid the Germanic splendour of the Berghoff, a local haunt that has been serving beer and sausages for over a century, the president of the Illinois Senate explains why hisShow More Summary

When is a new voter law unconstitutional?

ON AUGUST 6th 1965 President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA), a sweeping law that would do much to protect the right to vote for all Americans, including those who have historically suffered from discrimination at the polls. Show More Summary

Who were the debate's winners and losers?

LAST night’s Republican debate was wildly entertaining, at least as far as American political debates go. The presence of Donald Trump, a billionaire reality-TV star and GOP front-runner, brought energy and excitement to what is ordinarily a soporific rehearsal of canned platitudes punctuated by one or two moments of diverting conflict. Show More Summary

The candidates offer quite a show

WHEN it became clear that the first televised debate of the 2016 presidential season would feature ten Republicans on a sports arena stage in Cleveland, Ohio, with Donald Trump at the centre, pessimists braced for a circus. Optimists...Show More Summary

Carly Fiorina on the rise

MOMENTS after dominating a televised debate for second-tier Republican presidential candidates tonight, Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of the technology firm Hewlett-Packard (HP), entered a packed spin-room at the debate site in Cleveland. Show More Summary

How to bring down the Donald

TEN is a fraction of the number of candidates in the Republican presidential field, but about five too many for anything resembling a real "debate". Tonight's crowded spectacle on Fox News at least holds out the promise of entertainment, if not incisive intellectual exchange. Show More Summary

The eighth circuit court embarrasses itself

LAST month, Judge Bobby Shepherd of the eighth circuit court in Missouri wrote an opinion reading more like a novice high-school debate speech than a ruling by a federal appellate judge. The topic was abortion—specifically, North Dakota’s highly restrictive law banning the procedure at the first sign of a fetal heartbeat. Show More Summary

Texas's attorney general is in hot water

KEN PAXTON, the Republican attorney-general of Texas, campaigned on promises to uphold the state’s role as “a beacon of freedom and liberty to the nation”. Less than a year after being sworn into office, he has been indicted by a Texas...Show More Summary

The president calls for a greener America

BLASTING air conditioners, revving gas guzzlers and pumping oil, Americans have long attracted censure for their wasteful ways. After all, they produce a disproportionately large share—15 %—of global carbon dioxide emissions. But new...Show More Summary

What's really at stake in the frenzied race to make it to the main stage?

ON THURSDAY Fox News will host the first debate of the 2016 election season in Cleveland, Ohio. The event will be among Republican presidential hopefuls, but not every aspirant will share the stage. With no fewer than 17 candidates now running for the job, it is simply impossible to accommodate them all at once. Show More Summary

Can Congress over-ride a Supreme Court decision?

LAST WEEK, in a fit of chutzpah or foolishness, Rick Santorum, a GOP presidential candidate known for his unyielding social conservatism, accepted an invitation to appear on Rachel Maddow’s cable-news show. Ms Maddow is an openly gay, liberal MSNBC host who was a Rhodes Scholar and holds a doctorate from Oxford. Show More Summary

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