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Archived Since:April 18, 2011

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Clinton and Sanders are polite but pointed in Milwaukee

A HARD political problem faces Hillary Clinton, as she works out how to defeat Senator Bernie Sanders, the left-wing populist running against her for the Democratic presidential nomination. Her most powerful argument is that Mr Sanders...Show More Summary

Obama urges "a better politics" during a visit to a historic spot

ON A freezing morning on February 10th 2007, Barack Obama declared his intention to run for the presidency on the steps of the old state capitol in Illinois, the very place where Abraham Lincoln gave his “A House Divided " speech against slavery 150 years earlier. Show More Summary

Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina drop out

IN AN election season full of upsets and surprises, some old rules still seem to apply. One is that those running for president under false pretences will be found out. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey and Carly Fiorina, the former...Show More Summary

Trump and Sanders win New Hampshire

ICY New Hampshire on February 9th was supposed to be where America’s convoluted primary contest got simpler. On the Republican side, Donald Trump was expected to win in a state where he has led in over 70 straight opinion polls. ButShow More Summary

The Supreme Court puts the Clean Power Plan on hold

AMERICA’S most ambitious effort to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants is in danger. On February 9th the Supreme Court, divided 5-4 along partisan lines, stymied the Clean Power Plan: a move that surprised many. Barack Obama’s...Show More Summary

How much do presidential candidates’ policy positions matter?

DONALD Trump has thus far put forward unusually sketchy policy proposals. His website offers an overview of his stances on only five issues. Other candidates for president have floated more specific proposals. Bernie Sanders has a small...Show More Summary

New Orleans society and history is on display at Carnival

IN NEW Orleans, they call Carnival “the greatest free show on earth”—a three-week season of parades full of satirical floats, high-school marching bands, dance troupes and walking clubs. It’s the only place in America that does the pre-Lenten celebration on such a scale. Show More Summary

The former mayor of Providence helped lift his city only to fall himself, repeatedly

LINES of police officers and firefighters; a horse-drawn carriage led by a bagpiper; a service in the cathedral celebrated by the bishop: the funeral of Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, the former mayor of Providence, on February 8th, was big, like the personality that had dominated the city for decades. Show More Summary

The Republican primary contenders have a big televised dust-up

SUCCESSFUL in Iowa and surging in New Hampshire, Marco Rubio went into the televised Republican debate on February 6th knowing two things. He was due a pasting—especially from the three governors, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Jeb Bush, who are vying with him for the mainstream conservative vote. Show More Summary

Angry squabbling about Wall Street and progressivism

IT WAS the fifth face-off between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a series of Democratic primary debates, but their first one-to-one after their last remaining rival, Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley, dropped out on February 1st. Show More Summary

Are the Supreme Court justices too old?

WHO will guard the guardians? When Juvenal, the Roman poet, asked this question twenty centuries ago, he was worried about cheating wives. Today, the query is being posed to the elderly judges of America’s highest court. David Garrow,...Show More Summary

New Orleans says goodbye to its Confederate statues

SIXTY FIVE years ago, one of the South’s most celebrated writers, William Faulkner, wrote that “the past is never dead. It’s not even past.” A one-time denizen of New Orleans, Faulkner might have been foretelling the public debate that...Show More Summary

Mr Trump tastes defeat in Iowa, Mrs Clinton avoids disaster

THE Iowa caucuses—the first electoral contest of the 2016 presidential cycle—saw the race’s two loudest populists suffer setbacks. Donald Trump was pushed into second place in the Republican field, leaving him standing on a stage inShow More Summary

How much of a socialist is Sanders?

BARACK OBAMA spent his first campaign for president explaining why he was no socialist. Bernie Sanders, the out-of-nowhere candidate who has constituted an unexpected challenge to Hillary Clinton, bravely embraces the label. Yet while...Show More Summary

From the archives: the open society and its enemies revisited

In 1988 the Economist invited the philosopher Karl Popper to write an article on democracy. It appeared in the issue of April 23rd that year and made the case for a two-party system. As America’s presidential race begins, with the Iowa caucus on February 1st, we are republishing it, below. Show More Summary

The Trump-sized elephant not in the room

“HAMLET” without the prince—or perhaps, more aptly, a circus without its elephant, or a pantomime without its villain: without Donald Trump, the other Republican candidates essayed the odd internecine spat in their latest debate, in Des Moines, Iowa, but their hearts didn’t really seem in it. Show More Summary

The reason for Trump’s Fox News tantrum

IN THE run-up to the last Republican primary debate before the start of the presidential voting contest in Iowa, Donald Trump once more dominated the news cycle. It wasn’t another of his provocative statements about Mexican rapists or...Show More Summary

Things are going eerily well for Steven Fulop

AT THE topping out ceremony held on the upper floors of the first of three towers being built in a hitherto unloved corner of Jersey City, Steven Fulop, the mayor, gazed across the water at Manhattan’s skyline, New York Harbour, the Statue of Liberty and bits of his home state. Show More Summary

The Supreme Court may have a smidgen of judicial modesty after all

LIFE and death issues often reach the Supreme Court, and this year is no exception. In recent weeks the justices issued countervailing decisions concerning the death penalty, both by 8-1 votes: they rapped Florida on the knuckles for...Show More Summary

Bloomberg mulls a presidential run

A PRESIDENTIAL campaign season that is already a trifle too far-fetched for a movie script may soon get even more interesting. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, two men who were widely dismissed as novelty candidates when they announced their bids last year, are poised to do surpassingly well in the opening contests of the 2016 primary season. Show More Summary

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