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Blog Profile / Democracy in America


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:1772
Posts / Week:9.7
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

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

Beards behind bars

ON OCTOBER 7th the Supreme Court heard its first religious-liberty case since recognising, in June, the right of some pious employers not to pay for some types of birth control for their staff. This time, in Holt v Hobbs, the aggrieved party is Gregory Holt, a Muslim inmate in Arkansas who says his faith requires him to wear a half-inch beard. Show More Summary

An interactive guide

THE big prize in America’s mid-term elections, which will be held on November 4th, is control of the US Senate. The Republicans are expected to hold on to their majority in the House of Representatives without difficulty, but the Senate is very much in play. Show More Summary

Why did they take a pass?

NEVER has a US Supreme Court decision not to hear a case had such a quick and profound impact on the rights of so many Americans. By refusing today to grant any of the seven petitions challenging three pro-gay marriage decisions by federal...Show More Summary

What ever happened to Wendy Davis?

LAST week Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott, the major party candidates to replace Rick Perry as Texas governor, met for their second and final televised debate before the general election next month. The stakes were high for Ms Davis, a Democratic state senator from Fort Worth, and her spirited performance suggested that she knew as much. Show More Summary

A good choice?

SCHOOL vouchers are a divisive subject in America. Proponents claim that vouchers not only grant parents the opportunity to send their children to a private school, but also raise the quality of all education by creating more competition between schools. Show More Summary

Will they or won’t they?

PLENTY of weighty cases await the justices on October 6th when the Supreme Court opens its 2014 term (as we cover here). But no one yet knows if this is the year the court will determine whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. Show More Summary

A black eye

IN MAY a parent at East Wake High School in North Carolina was distressed to discover Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” on the school’s advanced English reading list. She submitted a complaint to Wake County, arguing that the book was inappropriate for teenagers. Show More Summary

Salvation through digestion

GLOBALISATION is usually taken to be a bad thing for the environment: as more people around the world consume more goods that have travelled greater distances to their shopping baskets, pressure on resources increases and the planet suffers. Show More Summary

Motoring forward

ON SUNDAY the Tigers, Detroit’s baseball team, qualified for the World Series playoffs (pictured). Fans hope this could be the Tigers’ year. Some see this as yet another sign that things are taking a turn for the better in this otherwise beleaguered, bankrupt city. Show More Summary

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