Blog Profile / Democracy in America


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:1989
Posts / Week:8.9
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

What's really at stake in the frenzied race to make it to the main stage?

ON THURSDAY Fox News will host the first debate of the 2016 election season in Cleveland, Ohio. The event will be among Republican presidential hopefuls, but not every aspirant will share the stage. With no fewer than 17 candidates now running for the job, it is simply impossible to accommodate them all at once. Show More Summary

Can Congress over-ride a Supreme Court decision?

LAST WEEK, in a fit of chutzpah or foolishness, Rick Santorum, a GOP presidential candidate known for his unyielding social conservatism, accepted an invitation to appear on Rachel Maddow’s cable-news show. Ms Maddow is an openly gay, liberal MSNBC host who was a Rhodes Scholar and holds a doctorate from Oxford. Show More Summary

How America's psychologists ended up endorsing torture

WHEN James Risen, a New York Times reporter, published a book last autumn accusing the American Psychological Association (APA), the largest professional organisation of American psychologists, of working with the Bush administration...Show More Summary

Donald Trump's brazen genius

WHEN Donald Trump began roiling the calm but crowded waters of the Republican presidential race with slanderous comments about Mexican immigrants, it was hard not to wonder what the rentier reality-TV star was up to. When someone runs for president, the safest inference is that he or she wants to be president. Show More Summary

Employees can’t be sacked for being gay

“I HOPE you repent,” Peter TerVeer’s supervisor at the Library of Congress told him in 2010, “because the Bible is very clear about what God does to homosexuals.” Mr Trevor, who was fired after a year of what he felt to be intense harassment for being gay, filed suit in 2013 against his employer for sex discrimination. Show More Summary

John Kasich enters the race

“THE Lord will record what you have done for another life,” said John Kasich, the governor of Ohio, before an admiring crowd of a couple of thousand people at Ohio State University on July 21 st. “The Lord wants our heart to reach out...Show More Summary

America's harsh sentences are not only unjust, but immoral

BARACK OBAMA toured the El Reno Federal Correction Institution in Oklahoma last week, making him the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. He took the occasion to reiterate some points from his lengthy speech about criminal-justice reform, delivered earlier in the week before the NAACP in Philadelphia. Show More Summary

Must religious bakers bake cakes for gay weddings?

THANKS to the Supreme Court's decision last month in Obergefell v Hodges, which made same-sex marriage legal nationwide, gays and lesbians are now free to marry their sweethearts in Mississippi and other bastions of conservatism. But...Show More Summary

The president's wish list

“LET'S get something out of the way up front,” said a firm President Barack Obama at the start of his speech to the NAACP’s national conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday. “I am not singing today.” His heartfelt eulogy in CharlestonShow More Summary

The view from Washington

SOME of the most dramatic reactions to President Barack Obama’s nuclear diplomacy with Iran come from Republicans hoping to become the next American president. In many cases their attacks began before they had read the deal. That haste reflects a mood of seething distrust towards Mr Obama on the right. Show More Summary

Jailers in chief?

AMERICA'S criminal-justice system is riddled with flaws. For a stark illustration of its problems, look no further than the country’s crowded prisons. The stats are now uncomfortably familiar: America has 5% of the world’s population but a quarter of its prisoners—more per capita than any developed country. Show More Summary

The kitchen sink

HILLARY CLINTON had probably hoped to avoid the usual rollercoaster of American presidential campaigns, in which candidates must first swing towards the party base in primary elections only to veer back towards the centre for the general election. Show More Summary

What's his electoral magic?

SCOTT WALKER is in and he’s sounding regal. “We fought and we won,” he says in his first promotional spot. “We won four elections in three years in a blue state... We did it by leading; now we need to do the same thing for America.”Show More Summary

Not here to cause trouble

IN AN attempt to lend empirical heft to his assertion that America has become "a dumping ground" for Mexico's criminal element, Donald Trump, a billionaire landlord and Republican presidential candidate, pointed to the case of Juan Francisco...Show More Summary

The case for monogamy

Stephen Macedo is Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University and the author of, Just Married: Same-Sex Couples, Monogamy, and the Future of Marriage (Princeton University...Show More Summary

Those "activist" judges

IT WAS “the best term for the left in at least a quarter century,” says Tom Goldstein, a Supreme Court litigator and publisher of SCOTUSblog. In the dramatic final days in June, the justices refused to undermine Obamacare or undercut civil-rights protections under the Fair Housing Act. Show More Summary

Divide and conquer

STANDING in the marbled lobby of one his Manhattan skyscrapers, Donald Trump, a real-estate magnate and television personality, announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination last month by traducing Mexican immigrants in carelessly general terms. Show More Summary

Packing heat

“I USED to love the summer,” says Elizabeth Dozier in the CNN documentary “Chicagoland”, which aired last year. “Then, once I became the principal of the school, I just started to hate summer. I have lost kids over the summer. I have...Show More Summary

Stuck on the wrong side

A NEW advertising campaign, “Not Alone”, is making the rounds on social media. It flashes through a conspicuously diverse array of Americans brought together by a shared feeling of alienation. “I’m a little bit nervous about people hearing I’m this way, and then thinking, uh well, she’s not welcome here,” a woman begins. Show More Summary

Three's company, too

ANTHONY KENNEDY, in his majority ruling legalising same-sex marriage nationwide, tried to allay the concern that polygamy would be next. John Roberts, in his dissent, said he couldn't see a principled way of opening the door to same-sex couples without also letting polygamists through. Show More Summary

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