Blog Profile / Democracy in America


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Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Why Ivanka Trump wants to extend the child tax credit

THERE were hopes, in the early days of the Trump administration, that Ivanka Trump would be a moderating influence on her father. She encouraged them, by talking up the progressive causes she claimed to cherish: climate change, the rights of gay and transgender Americans and immigrants; gender equality.

Donald Trump accuses Iran of violating the nuclear deal

HE HAD to comfort himself by accusing Barack Obama of a historic blunder and by slandering the leaders of France and Britain as greedy shills for Iranian cash.

Chicago’s soda tax is repealed

IT MUST have been one of the shortest-lived taxes in the history of Illinois. On October 11th lawmakers of Cook County, which includes Chicago, overwhelmingly voted to repeal the county’s soda tax.

Donald Trump’s health-care orders will hurt middle-class, self-employed Americans

THE strange thing about Donald Trump’s new executive actions on health care is the identity of those who will suffer their consequences. On October 12th Mr Trump kicked off a deregulatory process to permit widespread formation of so-called Association Health Plans (AHPs), insurance policies run by groups of small firms.

Donald Trump’s latest travel ban faces fresh lawsuits

AMERICANS’ reputation for litigiousness hasn’t always extended to lawsuits against the government. But since January, the country's lawyers have been busy suing Donald Trump for a string of unprecedented presidential moves: threatening sanctuary cities, banning transgender troops and blocking critics on Twitter.

How “regularising” undocumented immigrants brings benefits

ON OCTOBER 8th, the Trump administration issued a set of hardline "immigration principles and policies" that it suggested would be tied to any deal to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, an Obama-era executive initiative that stalled deportation for nearly 800,000 undocumented young people brought to Ame...

Scott Pruitt signs a measure to repeal the Clean Power plan

TIE off and collar open, Scott Pruitt unveiled his plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan to loud applause in Hazard, Kentucky, a sleepy coal town in the state’s mountainous south-east. “The war on coal is over,” said Mr Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), on October 10th.

Donald Trump ties hardline immigration demands to a deal on DACA

DONALD TRUMP prides himself on his skills as a negotiator. Among the tips he offers in “The Art of the Deal” is to “think big.” “To me it’s very simple,” he explains. “If you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.” Of course, maximalism has always seemed more credo than negotiating strategy for Mr Trump.

Americans respond differently to violence at home and abroad

THE tragic shooting in Las Vegas on October 1st took many more lives than were lost in recent terror attacks in Europe including in London and Manchester. But while Donald Trump responded to those attacks with numerous tweets, he was comparitively quiet over the Las Vegas slaughter.

Latinos have become Chicago’s second-largest ethnic group

“THE next mayor of Chicago will be Latino,” predicts John Hagedorn at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Latinos recently became the second-largest ethnic group in the city, accounting for 29.7% of the population, overtaking African-Americans (29.3%) and rivalling whites (32.6%).

The rhetorical power of “support our troops”

“AN INSULT to our troops” has long been a potent attack line in American politics. In recent days, President Donald Trump has deployed such rhetoric against National Football League (NFL) players who have knelt during the national anthem.

The justices puzzle over how to rein in partisan redistricting

ON OCTOBER 3rd, the Supreme Court considered an age-old and now technologically refined scourge of electoral politics known as gerrymandering—the practice by which state legislators of one party delineate contorted district lines to entrench their power and rope out rivals.

The Supreme Court seems to favour companies in an arbitration case

LAST April, at his inaugural oral argument as America’s 113th justice, Neil Gorsuch wasted no time: he asked 22 questions, more than any of his colleagues posed on their first outings.

At least 50 people are killed and 400 injured in a shooting in Las Vegas

FOR the past four years, country-music fans have gathered on a 15-acre lot across from the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip for the Route 91 music festival.

Another job opening in the Trump administration

WHEN President Donald Trump gathered his cabinet secretaries around a table and invited them to sing his praises, his administration was compared to an early scene in "King Lear". Four months later, it is looking more like the last act of "Hamlet", such is the rising body count.

A school in Louisiana bans protests during the national anthem

ON SEPTEMBER 29th, at 7pm, when the Parkway Panthers face the Airline Vikings in a high-school football clash in Bossier City, Louisiana, the drama will begin before the first snap.

Facebook’s latest pledges show how technology undermines election laws

FACEBOOK’S announcement that it will do more to detect attempts to influence elections unduly, including by forcing its advertisers to disclose more information, marks a slow about-turn for the social-media behemoth.

Donald Trump turns to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

IT IS nearly a week since Hurricane Maria thumped Puerto Rico, flattening buildings and ripping up roads, and the island is still without electricity. Tens of thousands of its inhabitants are homeless. Many more are short of food and drinking water.

Anthony Weiner is sentenced to 21 months in prison

“THE internet is the predator’s venue of choice,” said Anthony Weiner in 2007 when he was a New York congressman trying to pass a bill that updated sexual predator laws.

Chicago accounted for 22% of a nationwide increase in murders last year

RAHM EMANUEL does not like the description of Chicago as a tale of two cities.

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