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Blog Profile / Democracy in America


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:1831
Posts / Week:9.5
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

A partisan cha-cha

THE American political world offered two rather different responses to the White House’s announcement on December 17th that full diplomatic relations with Cuba are to resume within months. One take was noisily partisan, with talk about what this might mean for the 2016 presidential contest. Show More Summary

Joy division

JEB BUSH, the former Florida governor, presidential son and brother, once said that he would only mount his own White House bid if he could do it “joyfully”. After months of speculation, on December 16th Mr Bush announced his decision to “actively explore the possibility” of running for president in 2016. Show More Summary

Driving while nervous

IN AN unusual 8-1 split, with Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the lone dissenter, the Supreme Court issued a ruling on Monday that whittles away at the Fourth Amendment protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures.” The case, Heien v North Carolina, involves a questionable traffic stop. Show More Summary

Unequally enforced

SMOKING pot may still be illegal in most parts of the country, but it is fairly common. Around a fifth of 18-to-25 year-olds will have taken a hit in the past month. But while the effects of the drug are more or less the same for all tokers, the punishments are not. Show More Summary

The perils of fast-tracking

LIKE Plato's early dialogues inquiring into the meaning of justice or piety, Monday’s oral argument at the Supreme Court ended with no clear answer to the central question: what, exactly, is Amtrak? In the case of Department of Transportation v. Show More Summary

Crooning for votes

WITH the midterm elections done and dusted, everyone’s eyes are now on 2016. Aspiring presidential candidates are already jockeying for position—making bold speeches, raising big money and, lord help us, releasing campaign songs. “Stand...Show More Summary

A hard pill to swallow

JOHN MCCAIN, the senior Republican senator from Arizona, spent time in a Hanoi prison camp after fighting for his country in the 1960s and early 1970s. His speech, which followed the publication earlier today of the Senate intelligence...Show More Summary

A referendum on Rahm

WHEN Rahm Emanuel announced his re-election bid as mayor of Chicago on December 6th, he avoided talk of violent crime and pension liabilities, two of the city’s most pressing problems. Instead he crowed about the Chicago’s rising minimum...Show More Summary

Lessons from Camden

“I CAN’T breathe!” chanted hundreds of people throughout New York and around the country yesterday. The peaceful protests were in response to a grand jury decision not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, a Staten Island police officer, for killing Eric Garner after placing him in a chokehold in July. Show More Summary

Pregnant pauses

WOMEN make up nearly half of America’s workforce and remain the only people capable of having babies. These dual roles can pose thorny legal questions. On December 3rd, in Young v United Parcel Service (UPS), the Supreme Court struggled...Show More Summary

Another verdict, another round of protests

LESS than two weeks after a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer for killing an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri, another grand jury—this one in New York City—ruled on a similar case, and delivered a similar verdict. Show More Summary

Little to 'like'

FIGHTS over free speech in America don’t always produce the loveliest poster children. Gone are the days when intellectuals had to turn to the first amendment as a shield against prosecution for distributing anti-war pamphlets or publishing socialist tracts. Show More Summary

Thanks for nothing

BAKING everyday might sound fun, particularly at this time of year. But for one recent graduate of the University of Georgia, working in a cake shop for six months quickly turned from sweet to sickly. At her birthday party recently she warned sweet-toothed friends that she just couldn't face another black forest gateau. Show More Summary

Harvard under fire

IN 1978 the Supreme Court, in the Bakke case, struck down racial quotas in higher education. Summing up, Justice Lewis Powell called the undergraduate admissions policy at Harvard University an “illuminating example” of a better approach. Show More Summary

In black and white

HOW surprised should we be that a grand jury in Missouri failed to indict a police officer for killing an unarmed black man? In one sense, very surprised: it is very rare for grand juries to fail to indict a suspect when the state is doing its best to make a case. Show More Summary

Defiance and despair

“IT IS not as bad as they say,” insisted Kelly. At the Marley’s Bar & Grill, a place she runs with her husband Martin on South Florissant Road in Ferguson, Missouri, Kelly was quick to claim that media reports had overstated the problems of unrest in her hometown. Show More Summary

No indictment

THANKS to a number of leaks, it was no surprise when Robert McCulloch announced that a grand jury did not indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, last August in Ferguson, Missouri. Show More Summary

Side-lined, then sacked

WHEN in a hole, fire someone. That's the Washington way. Bigwigs and advisers alike must be wondering who will be next after Monday’s very public sacking of Chuck Hagel, the defence secretary. President Barack Obama’s national security team has entered a time of high anxiety, not to mention peril. Show More Summary

Death of a situationist

THE footage is grainy, poorly lit and almost indecipherable. Shot at the Vista Hotel in Washington, DC, on January 18 th 1990, it shows a man and a woman, both standing in profile. The woman is active and talkative, the man stays in one place, leaning back, eventually taking something clear from his mouth and exhaling a plume of smoke. Show More Summary

Tyranny!

SOMETIMES living abroad leads one to lose perspective on the fine details of the American political debate. Sometimes it allows one to escape from the ridiculous echo chamber of the American political debate. I am not sure which of these...Show More Summary

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