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Blog Profile / Democracy in America


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:1698
Posts / Week:9.9
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

A wake-up call

BACK in March, when Barack Obama visited The Hague and called on Europe to treat Russian intervention in Ukraine as a threat to the international order, he got a pretty sceptical response. Like most of Europe, the Netherlands went along...Show More Summary

Why nurses are the new auto workers

CAR manufacturing was the defining industry of the 20th century. In the 21st it is health care. Health spending comprised 17% of America’s GDP in 2012. About one in ten workers are employed in the health sector. These workers have the crucial job of making American health care more efficient, probably the country’s top domestic challenge. Show More Summary

A message for "helicopter parents"

WELL-TO-DO parents worry about two things: the safety of their children and whether they will get into Harvard. They should relax, says our correspondent

When a pastor is re-frocked

FRANK SCHAEFER, a Methodist preacher in Pennsylvania, officiated at his son’s same-sex wedding in 2007. This act of sacrilege earned him a suspension. When he couldn’t promise he wouldn’t do it again for another same-sex couple, the United Methodist Church decided to defrock him last year. Show More Summary

Hit the road, Jack

HEARTBREAK and happiness found their way into Georgia’s Republican strongholds in almost equal measure last night. After winning the party’s nomination for November’s US Senate contest David Perdue (pictured) tepidly thanked his opponent, congressman Jack Kingston, for running “a spirited race”. Show More Summary

In doubt, once again

IN ITS Hobby Lobby decision in June, the Supreme Court ruled that some firms could refuse to offer their staff insurance that includes free contraception. This undermined a provision of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, but had little impact on the broader law. Show More Summary

Justice delayed

“A MAN is undone by waiting for capital punishment,” Albert Camus wrote, “well before he dies.” On July 16th a federal judge in California, Cormac Carney, ruled in Jones v Chappell that the machinery of death in the Golden State is so...Show More Summary

White night

SUNFLOWERS, marigolds and lavender grow outside houses in Cabbagetown, a neighbourhood a mile away from the birthplace of Martin Luther King. But residents there awoke in recent days to an ugly reality: recruiting flyers for the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) on their cars. Show More Summary

A national faith in luck and loveliness

“WE have never been a nation of haves and have-nots,” observed Marco Rubio back in 2011. “We are a nation of haves and soon-to-haves, of people who have made it and people who will make it.” For Mr Rubio, a Florida senator and possible...Show More Summary

Opposition research: Ancient art, modern science

‘OPPO' firms trawl through hours of video looking for dumb comments made by political opponents. Our US editor explains

Playing one last card

THE CARDS have been stacked against Atlantic City for years. This resort city in New Jersey lost its casino monopoly in the region when neighbouring states began legalising gambling a decade ago. Gaming revenues have been steadily falling ever since. Show More Summary

They really love us

VOTERS, journalists and just about everyone paying some attention to politics all tend to over-estimate the power of the president. When Barack Obama swept into office in 2008, Americans were dazzled by his promises of change at home and a more judicious mix of strength and humility abroad. Show More Summary

Prayers and pistols

“O RIGHTEOUS God, who searches minds and hearts, bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure,” requests Psalm 7:9. Alas, God alone cannot be expected to ensure righteous folk are safe from violence. In the...Show More Summary

What are the costs of gun ownership?

I WASN'T sure what to expect from the Porcupine Freedom Festival, but I was delighted by what I found. At this annual gathering of libertarians, anarchists and jovial “freedom-lovers”, the conversations were thoughtful, the atmosphere festive and the bonhomie infectious. Show More Summary

Once more unto the breaches

AMERICA’s Congress has been struggling for years to come up with legislation to address cyber-security issues, without success. Now it is trying yet again. On July 8th a draft bill, known as the Cyber Information Sharing Act, or CISA, cleared the Senate’s intelligence committee and will now be debated by the full chamber. Show More Summary

Common ground

CORY BOOKER and Rand Paul hardly seem like natural bedfellows. Mr Booker, the former mayor of Newark and now a junior senator from New Jersey, has devoted himself to finding big-government solutions to seemingly intractable problemsShow More Summary

The pepper-mill principle

ROSS DOUTHAT thinks liberals should object less strenuously to the Hobby Lobby decision because religion often impels corporations to do things that liberals would consider morally praiseworthy. He points out that Hobby Lobby, a chain...Show More Summary

Don't blame Justice Ginsburg

SO MUCH for the Supreme Court’s summer recess. Not 72 hours after they wrapped things up for the year, the justices had an emergency application to contend with. The plea came from Wheaton College, a Christian institution in Illinois. Show More Summary

Period piece

EVERYTHING in America has gotten bigger since 1776 but the sentences. Were Thomas Jefferson writing today, the baggy monsters with which he opens the Declaration of Independence would be hacked to bits by editors and spin doctors mindful of the need for quick sound bites. Show More Summary

The men who lost America

ON Independence Day, Andrew O'Shaughnessy explains how Britain lost a war it should have won

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