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Blog Profile / Democracy in America


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:1787
Posts / Week:9.7
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Mumbo Gumbo

ON SUNDAY scientists and physicians from around the world will be descending on New Orleans for the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), the world's leading convention on tropical diseases....Show More Summary

They have a dream

PAPA JOE, owner of a namesake barbecue restaurant in Decatur, loves political rallies. It’s “a whole lotta fun,” he says, to serve up pulled pork and ribs to hungry Democrats, as he did in a mall’s car park on October 27 th. The festive,...Show More Summary

Still making waves

BILL DE BLASIO, New York City’s mayor, spent some of today painting a room in the Coney Island home of Margurie Batts, an octogenarian. Two years to the day after Hurricane Sandy battered her Brooklyn neighbourhood, Ms Batts’s home is still in need of repair. Show More Summary

Wishing upon a star

NO ONE yet has invented a time machine. But Barack Obama is trying. At a rally in a poor, largely black district of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he did his best–and it was an excellent effort–to make it feel like 2012 or even 2008 again. AShow More Summary

All hell may break loose

AT THE height of the protests in Ferguson in August, Dan McMullen, the owner of a local insurance company, was already thinking about the future. A grand jury trial weighing what happened the night that Darren Wilson, a white police officer, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year old, had not even been convened yet. Show More Summary

Who’ll put the spring in Springfield?

“I HAVE come to save the day. And I won’t leave until I’m done,” sang the voice of Lenny Kravitz as a tour bus pulled into a factory belonging to Dial Machine, an industrial components firm. The crowd, made up of factory workers and people in their Sunday best, greeted the bus with cheers. Show More Summary

Hog-tied

THE battle for control of the United States Senate may well come down to how Iowans vote on November 4th. A s we reported last week, t heir choices for replacing veteran Senator Tom Harkin are Joni Ernst, a telegenic Republican state senator and Iraq war veteran, and Bruce Braley, a liberal Democratic congressman and something of a bungler. Show More Summary

Celebrity Cruz

“THREE weeks ago a man was stopped climbing the fence of the White House,” Senator Ted Cruz of Texas (pictured) tells an enraptured audience early on October 25th. “The Secret Service ran up to him and said ‘I’m sorry Mr President but...Show More Summary

A costly choice

FOR women living in large swathes of the American south, it is increasingly difficult to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Onerous new rules and regulations are forcing abortion clinics to shut down in states across the region. A Texas...Show More Summary

Silent treatment

THE SUPREME COURT’S weirdly busy October brings to mind an old Cadillac commercial showing a sedan gliding silently down the highway, driver calm and confident in a hermetic, leather-appointed cabin, while the announcer intones, “quietly doing things very well.” Whether the justices are doing their jobs well depends on your point of view. Show More Summary

Drama, drama

NEW YORK is a tough town. An unpredictable one, too. The city has hosted any number of musical dramas that brim with controversy, courtesy of John Adams, an American composer, and Peter Sellars, an American theatre director. One humanised...Show More Summary

Uneasy rider

THE most improbable bike path in the world is surely on the MacArthur causeway, a road connecting Miami Beach with the city of Miami proper. The road—more a motorway really—has six wide lanes of traffic and a speed limit of 50mph. This being Florida, and speed limits apparently only loosely enforced, in light traffic people travel far faster. Show More Summary

Pageants faded

“IT IS in my power | To o’erthrow law, and in one self-born hour | To plant and o’erwhelm custom,” declares Time in “The Winter’s Tale”. Alas, such fortitude was missing from Georgia Shakespeare, a 29-year-old theatre company dedicated to the bard, which was forced to close its doors on October 8th. Show More Summary

Childish arguments

A FEW weeks ago I was talking with an advertising professional who had been discussing potential campaigns with Greenpeace, the environmental group. We both admitted that these days, our reactions to people scaling buildings and unveiling banners range from apathy to mild annoyance. Show More Summary

Seizing some control

ON JANUARY 1st 29-year-old Brittany Maynard (pictured) was diagnosed with brain cancer. On November 1st she plans to end her life by ingesting a lethal medication prescribed by her physician. Only five states (Vermont, Montana, Oregon,...Show More Summary

A shifting power balance

OUR correspondents discuss what might happen if Republicans win the Senate in November’s mid-term elections. Will America find common ground or succumb to political paralysis?

Do unto others

IN THE 1930s Father Charles Coughlin was among the most popular figures in America. Roughly 30m listeners, at his peak, tuned in to hear his weekly radio broadcasts, which were carried by CBS—then among the biggest American radio networks. Show More Summary

Wake us up when it's over

IOWA’S Senate race is a knife-edge contest between two sharply differing candidates that could well decide which party controls the United States Senate after November. As a key swing state in presidential elections, Iowa also plays host to aspiring candidates in trip after trip. Show More Summary

So far, so fast

AS MORE and more states allow gay marriage, Jonathan Rauch explains how the revolution in America's attitudes to homosexuality came about and how it affected him

How this week's cover came about

GROWING up in Arizona in the 1970s, Jonathan Rauch was so desperate to be "normal" that he convinced himself he wasn't gay. His obsession with muscular men, he told himself, sprang from envy of their good looks. He tried and tried to find women attractive, which was "like searching through a tank of octopuses in hopes of finding one to marry". Show More Summary

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