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Blog Profile / Democracy in America


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:1732
Posts / Week:9.8
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Why the Democrats will probably lose

NOT all the major polling models give Republicans a clear edge to capture the Senate this autumn, but most do. The New York Times’ “The Upshot” puts the chances at 65%, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight most recently called it “in the neighborhood of 60-40” and the Washington Post’s “Election Lab” gives the GOP a 51% shot. Show More Summary

Snap-shots and tolerance

I GREW up in the 1980s rooting for the Washington Capitals, a hockey team that at the time was best described as hopeless. Over the past decade I have enjoyed the exploits of a much better version of that team, graced with a captain, centre forward Alex Ovechkin (pictured), who last year led the NHL in goals for the second year in a row. Show More Summary

Fight the powers that be

WHAT do America's right-wing tea-partiers and left-wing progressives have in common? Enough, says the journalist Clive Crook, that they can both usefully be called liberals—in the global sense of the word. In a review of our former colleague...Show More Summary

Arbitrary and capricious

OVER 1.3 billion people, nearly the population of China, are now active Facebook users. That means a whopping 18% of the world's population logs on to the site at least once a month. The social network is the largest community ever:Show More Summary

The ice-cream man cometh

LAST night Doug Ducey, Arizona’s treasurer and a former head of Cold Stone Creamery, a chain of ice-cream parlours, emerged victorious in a six-way Republican primary with 37% of the vote. This put him more than 15 points ahead of the...Show More Summary

Too accommodating

RELIGIOUS organisations are up in arms over the latest change to the Obamacare mandate that employers provide insurance with free birth control to their workers. What is odd is that the change is actually designed to exempt them from the mandate. Show More Summary

Napa shaken, Bay Area stirred

LIKE many other residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, your correspondent was jolted out of bed at around 3.30am this morning by an earthquake that made his house sway like a boat on water. The cause was an aftershock from a quake that registered 6.1 on the Richter Scale and which occurred near the town of Napa. Show More Summary

Please shoot me

IN THE first part of VICE News's extraordinary five-part documentary on ISIS, released earlier this month, a bearded and strangely innocent-looking young press officer who goes by the name Abu Mosa invites America to attack his movement. Show More Summary

Are videos of Islamic violence propaganda?

SOCIAL MEDIA erupted this week with footage of Tom Foley, an American journalist, brutally beheaded at the hands of ISIS. YouTube removed one version of the video, citing a violation of their policy on violent content. On Tuesday, Twitter announced a new policy that it would remove images and video of the deceased at the request of family members. Show More Summary

What is Ferguson doing on Europe's front pages?

I WOKE up today to find my Dutch morning paper, the Volkskrant, dominated by a full-page spread on the results of the independent autopsy on Michael Brown, the shooting victim whose death has plunged the town of Ferguson, Missouri, into protests and riots. Show More Summary

An awesome turn of events

AN INDICTMENT is a bit of a buzz-kill. On Friday, Rick Perry joined Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell in the brotherhood of highly ranked Republicans who can personally testify to this, among other things. In Mr Perry’s case, the charges are coercion and abuse of official capacity. Show More Summary

Trigger happy

THE shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, is a reminder that civilians—innocent or guilty—are far more likely to be shot by police in America than in any other rich country. Show More Summary

Guns, police and the people

FOR the past week the people have been in the streets of the St Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Most have been waving placards, raising their arms in the air and shouting, "Hands up, don't shoot!" A few have tossed rocks or Molotov cocktails, and in at least one instance some seem to have fired guns. Show More Summary

Mind the gap

NOT only are black people in America more likely to lack employment, be poor, get arrested and serve time in prison than their white counterparts, but they also have less time on earth to enjoy such mortal frustrations. A new study published...Show More Summary

Hillary's jab

HILLARY CLINTON is positioning herself to run for president in 2016 (you heard it here first!), so she needs to put some distance between herself and whatever aspects of Barack Obama's presidency voters are currently unhappy with. She...Show More Summary

A front-row view

WRITING about politics means spending a lot of time looking up from the front row of the auditorium as speakers on stage talk over your head. This in turn means becoming familiar with a place that most politicians keep hidden—the undefined region where the chin becomes the neck. Show More Summary

Finishing the job

IN MARCH 1981, desperate to prove himself worthy of Jodie Foster's love, John Hinckley junior tried to kill President Ronald Reagan with a handgun outside a hotel in Washington, DC. Reagan survived, but Mr Hinckley managed to shoot James...Show More Summary

The president on Africa

IN HIS cabin aboard Air Force One, returning to Washington, DC, from Kansas City, Barack Obama talked...Continue reading

The threat to the rule of law

ROSS DOUTHAT has been arguing for the past week that Barack Obama's unilateral immigration-policy changes pose a threat of "presidential caesarism". The power grab Mr Douthat is most vexed about involves the so-called DACA ("Deferred...Show More Summary

A time to act

OVERCOMING his deep wariness of overseas entanglements, President Barack Obama has authorised American generals to launch air strikes in Iraq against the fanatical jihadists of the Islamic State (IS). The first strike was carried out...Show More Summary

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