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Blog Profile / Democracy in America


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:1745
Posts / Week:9.8
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Serving up pre-cooked meat

THE one thing about Hillary Clinton that currently excites Iowa Democrats is the idea that she might seek the presidency. For the moment, it probably does not matter that her return to Iowa on September 14th—her first visit after her...Show More Summary

Riling the juggernaut

HERE'S a simple question: would Barack Obama have gone on prime-time TV to announce a new military campaign in Iraq and Syria had Islamic State (IS) not distributed savvily-produced videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists? I doubt it. Show More Summary

She's in harness now

“WE WANT to alternate ‘Ready’ and ‘Thank You Tom!’ signs all the way down,” volunteers were told by a staffer for Ready For Hillary, the shadow presidential campaign machine being built by fans of Hillary Clinton, should she decide to seek the White House in 2016. Show More Summary

High anxiety

AN NBC News/Wall Street Journal opinion poll this week revealed a collapse in American public confidence that the country is safer than before the September 11th attacks. Analysts traced that collapse directly to news reports of the beheading of two American journalists by the murderous fanatics of the Islamic State (IS). Show More Summary

Let the right ones in

LATINO immigration advocates are furious at Barack Obama for reneging on his pledge to take executive action on immigration before the end of the summer, reports Dara Lind at Vox. The question is how to get Democrats to pay attention...Show More Summary

How suicide attacks changed everything

PEOPLE seem to be having trouble figuring out how to commemorate September 11th this year. I spent the morning thinking about George Packer's piece the previous day on the new documentary "Last Days in Vietnam", in which he reflectsShow More Summary

Still clouded by dust

NOT all of the victims of the September 11th attacks died on the day the towers fell. The collapse of the World Trade Centre buildings spewed a deadly mix of glass fibres, pulverised cement, asbestos, lead and a host of carcinogens from oil and petrol into the air. Show More Summary

Back to Iraq

BARACK OBAMA’s prime-time address of September 10th, bracing America for an open-ended campaign against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, marked a stunning turnaround for a cautious president, a once-again-hawkish Republican Party...Show More Summary

Tall order

LAYING out a military strategy toward the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in his speech to the nation on Wednesday night, Barack Obama spun out a string of nuanced messages. He sought to portray the danger of the ruthless insurgent army as a potential, but not an imminent, threat to the United States. Show More Summary

Too far, too fast?

THE cascade of rulings invalidating state-level same-sex marriage prohibitions now includes decisions from three federal appellate courts. Last Thursday the seventh circuit court of appeals thwarted gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and...Show More Summary

Standard operating procedure exposed

DURING his successful campaign for governor of Virginia in 2009, Bob McDonnell ran as an ordinary kid from the suburbs of Washington. The fact that he was in position to win an office previously held by Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry made clear, he said, that anything was possible with hard work, grit and determination. Show More Summary

Pandering and other sins

AMERICA'S two-party system is a creaking monstrosity that has helped bring its politics to a grinding halt. The country urgently needs a nationally competitive third party (if not a fourth and a fifth) to crack up its frozen ideological...Show More Summary

Why the Democrats will probably lose

NOT all the major polling models give Republicans a clear edge to capture the Senate this autumn, but most do. The New York Times’ “The Upshot” puts the chances at 65%, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight most recently called it “in the neighborhood of 60-40” and the Washington Post’s “Election Lab” gives the GOP a 51% shot. Show More Summary

Snap-shots and tolerance

I GREW up in the 1980s rooting for the Washington Capitals, a hockey team that at the time was best described as hopeless. Over the past decade I have enjoyed the exploits of a much better version of that team, graced with a captain, centre forward Alex Ovechkin (pictured), who last year led the NHL in goals for the second year in a row. Show More Summary

Fight the powers that be

WHAT do America's right-wing tea-partiers and left-wing progressives have in common? Enough, says the journalist Clive Crook, that they can both usefully be called liberals—in the global sense of the word. In a review of our former colleague...Show More Summary

Arbitrary and capricious

OVER 1.3 billion people, nearly the population of China, are now active Facebook users. That means a whopping 18% of the world's population logs on to the site at least once a month. The social network is the largest community ever:Show More Summary

The ice-cream man cometh

LAST night Doug Ducey, Arizona’s treasurer and a former head of Cold Stone Creamery, a chain of ice-cream parlours, emerged victorious in a six-way Republican primary with 37% of the vote. This put him more than 15 points ahead of the...Show More Summary

Too accommodating

RELIGIOUS organisations are up in arms over the latest change to the Obamacare mandate that employers provide insurance with free birth control to their workers. What is odd is that the change is actually designed to exempt them from the mandate. Show More Summary

Napa shaken, Bay Area stirred

LIKE many other residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, your correspondent was jolted out of bed at around 3.30am this morning by an earthquake that made his house sway like a boat on water. The cause was an aftershock from a quake that registered 6.1 on the Richter Scale and which occurred near the town of Napa. Show More Summary

Please shoot me

IN THE first part of VICE News's extraordinary five-part documentary on ISIS, released earlier this month, a bearded and strangely innocent-looking young press officer who goes by the name Abu Mosa invites America to attack his movement. Show More Summary

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