Discover a new way to find and share stories you'll love… Learn about Reading Desk

Blog Profile / Democracy in America


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:1819
Posts / Week:9.7
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

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

The border is not the problem

BARACK OBAMA gives a good speech: that much is clear. For your British correspondent, inured to the lazy xenophobic rhetoric of his country’s politicians, it is hard not to be uplifted by the president’s appeal to Americans to accept immigrants as equals. Show More Summary

Those huddled masses

LET'S put aside the political, legal and constitutional implications of the executive action on immigration that the president will announce tonight for a moment and look at the problem that Barack Obama is trying to address. Here are all the numbers you need to have a well-informed argument about illegal immigration and deportation in America. Show More Summary

Selective empathy

WITH the latest legal challenge to Obamacare coming to their courtroom in early 2015, and with arguments over same-sex marriage likely to follow, the nine justices will soon decide whether to roll back rights and benefits that millions of Americans already enjoy. Show More Summary

I wanna take your hand

IF ALL you need is love, as the Beatles say, perhaps it makes sense that a shrinking share of Americans are even bothering with marriage. In 1960 85% of American adults had been wed at least once; last year just 70% could say the same. Show More Summary

Lighting the fuse

WHEN I was a correspondent for The Economist in Brazil, people still occasionally used the phrase "deu no New York Times" (it was in the New York Times) to mean that something was undoubtedly true. The fallout from the Times’s storyShow More Summary

Drafting laws, maps and vows

TWO years ago Obamacare survived a constitutional assault by the narrowest of margins, but its opponents have not given up. On November 7th the Supreme Court agreed to hear another challenge which, if upheld, could gut the president’s health-care law. Show More Summary

Spare the rod

GEORGE STEWART’S teacher in Jamaica used to wait by the school door with a switch to punish tardy pupils. His parents whipped him, too. Now he lives in the Bronx and refuses to hit his own children. “I don’t think beating works,” he says. Show More Summary

Difficult transitions

FOR around 550 American servicemen, today marks the start of something new: a return to civilian life. That is the number of veterans who leave the military every day, on average. As America draws down from a decade of remote warfare, the armed forces are expected to shed nearly 250,000 soldiers a year over the next five years. Show More Summary

A phoenix emerges

“THERE is an exciting feeling of a new beginning,” says John Pottow, a bankruptcy expert at the University of Michigan. After years of decline that ended in disaster when Detroit filed for bankruptcy last year, one of America’s biggest cities has been given a new lease of life. Show More Summary

Two depressing thoughts

HERE are two depressing thoughts for Americans who fear that money is killing their democracy, and who pin their hopes on campaign-finance reform saving the day. The first comes from some back-of-an-envelope maths, spurred by a press release from the estimable folk at the Brookings Institution who track campaign spending. Show More Summary

Can decency be regulated?

“I'M HARASSED when I smile and I’m harassed when I don’t. I’m harassed by white men, black men, Latino men. Not a day goes by when I don’t experience this,” says Shoshana Roberts, the subject of a much-discussed video on street harassment by the non-profit Hollaback!. Show More Summary

Closer to crunch time for gay marriage

LAST month, the Supreme Court confounded the nation by refusing to hear seven cases that would have clarified whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. With yesterday’s 2-1 ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court upholding four state bans on gay marriage, the Supremes may find it hard to stay mum on the issue much longer. Show More Summary

Copyright © 2011 Regator, LLC