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Blog Profile / Democracy in America


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:1862
Posts / Week:9.4
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Driving Miss Daisy

A WOMAN walking alone on I-285, one of Atlanta’s busiest roads, was struck and killed horribly on January 22nd. Her remains scattered across lanes of westbound traffic because drivers did not realise what the debris was. The fatality led to the road’s closure for several hours that morning, snarling up commutes for thousands of weary workers. Show More Summary

Hard problems

NICHOLAS KRISTOF last weekend wrote a touching remembrance of a recently deceased school friend, Kevin Green, a kind, hard-working man whose economic struggles took a toll on his health. "The doctors say he died at age 54 of multiple organ failure," Mr Kristof writes, "but in a deeper sense he died of inequality and a lack of good jobs". Show More Summary

Why locking up leakers makes sense

JAMES RISEN was prepared to go to jail to protect his source. In 2006 the New York Times reporter (pictured) published a book that revealed a covert American plot, in which a former Russian scientist fed flawed nuclear component designs to Iran. Show More Summary

Unearthing Moscow’s moles

HOW American sanctions might bite on Russian banks is a matter of great interest to the Kremlin. So Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, the SVR, asked one of its undercover agents in New York to find out, prosecutors claim. Evgeny Buryakov was outwardly an executive at Vnesheconombank, a Russian state-owned financial agency. Show More Summary

Caught in the middle

NEARLY 21 years ago, Justice Harry Blackmun declared he would “no longer tinker with the machinery of death.” In his last few months on the Supreme Court before retiring in the summer of 1994, Justice Blackmun abandoned his previous view that capital punishment was consistent with the Constitution. Show More Summary

What's holding women back?

IN 2015 the promise of gender equality seems closer than ever. A new report by the Pew Research Centre shows that the majority of Americans think women are just as capable of being good political and business leaders as men. They are...Show More Summary

Nostalgia for Nixon

WHILE watching the pantomime that is the president’s state of the union address, I couldn’t help but feel for John Boehner. As with any bit of political theatre, a lot of the drama is in the choreography: when to clap or look dour, stand up or roll eyes. Show More Summary

Keep calm and gavel on

THE stone-faced marshals call for quiet at the beginning of every Supreme Court hearing, and the audience complies. Same as usual today, until a woman near the back of the courtroom rose to her feet and shouted, “I rise on behalf ofShow More Summary

Behind the pantomime

AS MY colleague wrote yesterday, the fact that there is virtually no chance of any of the priorities outlined in Barack Obama's State of the Union address becoming law during his administration renders the entire affair a sort of pantomime. Show More Summary

Of beards and brevity

THE ECONOMIST tries to provide readers with concise, to-the-point prose. It seems we have something to learn from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose concurring opinion today in Holt v Hobbs, a religious liberty case involving a Muslim inmate’s beard, came in at 65 words, including references and parentheticals. Show More Summary

Political theatre

IN 1999 Bill Clinton gave his seventh state of the union address. America’s economy was not just recovering, but in the middle of a decade-long boom. For the first time since the 1960s (and the only time since), the federal budget was in surplus. Show More Summary

Programming note

PRESIDENT Barack Obama will be delivering his 6 th state of the union speech tonight. Though the address comes just as many new Republican Senators and Congressman decorate their offices on Capitol Hill, having taken control of the Senate and held on to the House in the recent midterm elections, the president appears reluctant to play the lame duck. Show More Summary

Good God

“EVER wondered what would have happened if Eve would have said ‘You need to talk to my husband?’” If the answer is yes, and you think that Adam would have outsmarted Eden’s serpent, you should probably continue reading “Who Told YouShow More Summary

Jockeying for position

WHILE covering various races in the run up to the midterm election last year, I kept running into Chris Christie, New Jersey’s governor. One week I spied him in Michigan, the next I saw him in Illinois and then I think it was back in Michigan. Show More Summary

The Supremes take the plunge

TWO decades ago, hardly anyone imagined that gay couples could wed. This year, America's Supreme Court looks ever more likely to declare homosexual marriage to be a constitutional right. On January 16th the court agreed to consider this...Show More Summary

A thickening herd

THE 2016 Republican primary is nearly a year away, but the ground is already thick with contenders. With a State of the State address that sounded like a national campaign speech, an incipient leadership PAC, and travel plans to the Hawkeye State, Chris Christie, New Jersey's governor, looks set to join the fray. Show More Summary

Where should the Obama library go?

“CAN you imagine plonking the Obama library into the middle of Central Park?” If the prospect seems egregious, then you might sympathise with critics of the University of Chicago’s plan to “confiscate” part of the city’s historic Washington Park for a library dedicated to the current president. Show More Summary

How to be a God

EGYPTIAN gods and Greek heroes recently crowded into an Atlanta theatre for the World Championships of SMITE, an online game that involves, as its name suggests, a lot of smiting. Players can pretend to “Be a God”—and battle other ancient deities with magic hammers, thunderbolts and so forth. Show More Summary

Cassandra's Catch-22

THE Connecticut Supreme Court has denied a young woman suffering from Hodgkin Lymphoma the right to refuse chemotherapy on the ground that the 17-year-old lacks the maturity to make such a grave decision. The woman, identified in court...Show More Summary

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