Blog Profile / Democracy in America


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Archived Since:April 18, 2011

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Steve Bannon is ousted as the president’s chief strategist

THE statement was short and bland: “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.” As with most such statements, this one concealed more than it revealed.

Donald Trump blusters, Latin America shrugs

A DEEP perplexity. That, says a senior Latin American official, describes his region’s attitude to the government of President Donald Trump. What Latin American leaders do not feel is fear, awe or a sense of shared ambition to do great things.

A new threat to public-sector unions is headed to the Supreme Court

SOMEWHERE among the thousands of petitions the justices will wade through when they return to work in September is a unique case: Janus v American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Floods and political crisis are back in New Orleans

TWELVE years ago Hurricane Katrina exposed the flood defences in New Orleans as a cruel joke. The floods unleashed by the storm marinated people's homes in fetid seawater and rendered much of the city uninhabitable for months.

Justice Kennedy will take centre stage during the Supreme Court’s upcoming term

WHEN Charles Grassley, chair of the Senate judiciary committee, said in the spring that he expected an imminent Supreme Court vacancy, all eyes turned to Anthony Kennedy. The 81-year-old native Californian, appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1988, is the court’s longest-serving member.

Mike Pence, ambassador to a sceptical world

IF Mike Pence had not become vice president, he would have made a successful political ambassador.

President Trump flunks a moral test

DEEP down, it is always about him. What the world thinks of him. The applause that is his due. The glory that enemies are trying to take from him. That, perhaps, is how best to understand the cramped, self-regarding moral code which seems to guide Donald Trump at moments which call for grand, inspiring acts of leadership.

The tussle for Jeff Sessions’s senate seat

WHO’S the Trumpiest of them all? For the Republicans in Alabama vying for Jeff Session’s old senate seat, vacated after Donald Trump appointed him attorney-general, that is the most important question. In last year’s election, 62% of voters in Alabama cast their ballot for Mr Trump.

The ACLU stands up for an alt-right author’s freedom of speech

IN AMERICA, the fight for free speech sometimes produces odd alliances. Nearly four decades ago, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a left-leaning advocacy group, famously defended the right of neo-Nazis to march through a neighbourhood in Skokie, Illinois, in which many Holocaust survivors lived.

A lawsuit against Donald Trump’s business ties heats up

DONALD TRUMP is finding that it pays to be president. Since last November, prices at his properties have surged: the cheapest cocktail at the Trump International Hotel in Washington is now $24, up from $16.

The president haunts the race for governor of Virginia

VIRGINIANS are used to the president intruding on their lives: when Donald Trump played golf at the course that he owns in the leafy Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., boaters and paddlers were briefly banned from a two-mile stretch of the Potomac River that hugs the course.

Immigrants do not need to speak English before they arrive in America

DONALD TRUMP’s young administration is adept at one particular manoeuvre. Whenever the president is having a terrible time in the press, for some embarrassing statement, interview or imbroglio, the White House announces a far-reaching policy designed to stoke up his nationalist base while infuriating his opponents.

Unproductive entrepreneurship is increasingly common in America

Is America encouraging the wrong type of entrepreneurship? Yes, argue Robert Litan and Ian Hathaway, two economists, in a recent article in the Harvard Business Review.

The Department of Justice wants to end race-conscious university admissions

THE mission of the Department of Justice (DoJ) is “to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans”. That is a rather tall order—and it’s open to interpretation.

The justice department says people can be fired for being gay

WHEN the Supreme Court opened marriage laws to gays and lesbians nationwide in June 2015, Barack Obama celebrated by illuminating the White House in the rainbow colours of the gay pride flag. Two years later, such a gesture from the president seems inconceivable.

The ousting of Anthony Scaramucci will not restore order to the White House

In the 64 years during which American presidents have appointed national security advisers, nobody had less time in the post than Donald Trump’s first pick: Michael Flynn, who left in February after just 24 brutal, scandal-filled da...

Donald Trump sacks Reince Priebus as chief of staff

UNDER the best of circumstances—when America has a president who is disciplined, willing to hear harsh but necessary truths and loyal to those he trusts—the post of White House chief of staff is “perhaps the second most powerful job in Washington”, according to James Baker, a political giant who held that post for two presidents, Ronal...

The Trump administration still has the power to wreak havoc on Obamacare

REPUBLICANS’ latest efforts to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, Barack Obama’s health care law, failed in the Senate on the night of July 27th. Three of their Senators—Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowksi of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona—joined all 48 Democrats to vote down “skinny” repeal (see article).

Republicans claim to have made progress towards tax reform

THE thing about Donald Trump’s tax plans, writes Alan Cole, of the Tax Foundation, a think-tank, is that they get “progressively less detailed” over time. Almost two years ago Mr Trump released a fanciful but relatively detailed plan for lower tax rates (see blog).

Donald Trump’s ill-considered ban on transgender soldiers

TRANSGENDER people are no longer welcome in America’s military, Donald Trump announced abruptly on July 26th. The news seemed to catch everyone by surprise, including Pentagon officials, and was delivered via Mr Trump’s favourite medium, Twitter.

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