Blog Profile / Democracy in America


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Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

The Trump administration bars Haitians from visas for low-skilled work

ON JANUARY 17th the Trump administration said it was removing Haiti, Belize and Samoa from the list of countries whose residents are eligible for seasonal visas, usually used by farms.

Can a lawyer admit the guilt of a client who claims to be innocent?

ROBERT MCCOY had a plan. Facing murder charges in the deaths of his estranged wife’s mother, stepfather and teenaged son in Louisiana, Mr McCoy claimed he was out of town in Houston, Texas when the three were slain.

Democrats pull off a surprise win in rural Wisconsin

WISCONSIN’S governor Scott Walker seemed a little frantic on the evening of January 16th. He began no fewer than eight tweets with “WAKE UP CALL”, in capital letters, after it became clear that a historically red district in a rural western region of his state had voted for a Democrat in a special election for a state senate seat.

Chris Christie’s eight tumultuous years as governor of New Jersey

ON JANUARY 9th, less than a week before he was due to step down as New Jersey’s governor, Chris Christie delivered his eighth and final state of the state address, in which he boasted of his “consequential accomplishments” in office...

The Supreme Court takes on two redistricting cases from Texas

THE SUPREME COURT rejects about 99% of the 7,000 to 8,000 petitions that reach it each year. But when it comes to cases involving reapportionment—challenges to how states draw lines for congressional or state legislative elections—the justices can’t be quite so choosy.

Donald Trump gives the Iran nuclear deal a “last chance”

ONCE again, through gritted teeth, President Donald Trump has granted a stay of execution for the Iran nuclear deal brokered by his predecessor, Barack Obama. But this is the last time he will do so, he announced on January 12th.

Why a judge’s injunction on DACA is unlikely to stand

WITH the dawn of Donald Trump’s second year in the White House less than a fortnight away, debate over immigration, a central focus of his campaign, has reached a pivotal moment. On January 9th, with a partisan immigration battle raging on the other coast, a federal judge in California released a bold 49-page order.

The Supreme Court considers the scope of automobile privacy

ON JANUARY 9th a pair of cases probing the meaning of the Fourth Amendment’s bar on “unreasonable searches and seizures”—both involving vehicle privacy—were debated at the Supreme Court.

Joe Arpaio’s Senate bid

THROUGHOUT his 24-year tenure as the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio repeatedly suggested that he would run for higher office, usually the governorship. But “America’s toughest sheriff,” as he called himself, never d...

Republicans hold onto Virginia’s House

IN NOVEMBER a stunning, anti-Trump tsunami nearly erased Republicans' majority in Virginia. This week, they just held onto the House of Delegates.

The sudden demise of Donald Trump’s voter-fraud commission

KRIS KOBACH of Kansas feels undeterred in his crusade to prove the persistence of widespread voter fraud—despite lacking any shred of evidence to support the claim.

How political leaders shape public opinion

PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s use of Twitter has sparked much controversy among political commentators. Many regard the habit as reckless. Others believe that worrying about it is largely a distraction. But what is the effect of the president’s tweets on domestic politics?

The death of Cardinal Bernard Law brings back painful memories for Bostonians

CARDINALS and bishops in white mitres flanked the casket of Cardinal Bernard Law when Pope Francis solemnly blessed it. The pope spared no pomp during the funeral mass for the former archbishop of Boston, which was celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on December 21st.

Supreme Court justices may give away their votes with their voices

THE JUSTICES don black robes, sit impassively during State of the Union addresses and steer clear of Twitter for a reason: the Supreme Court is supposed to be a dispassionate tribunal untainted by politics or emotion.

Tax reform has passed. What now?

THE tax bill initiated by the Republican party completed its journey through America’s Congress on December 20th. The bill is President Donald Trump’s first major legislative accomplishment, and America’s first significant tax reform since 1986. Once Mr Trump signs it into law, America’s tax system will change in numerous ways.

Why is America more tolerant of inequality than many rich countries?

MOST Americans are unenthusiastic about Republicans’ efforts to reward the richest with the biggest tax cuts. In polls taken on the eve of a vote on the government's tax bill in the Senate on December 2nd only between a quarter and a third of voters supported the plan.

Roy Moore is defeated in Alabama’s Senate election

INITIALLY the mood at Doug Jones’s election-night party was genial but uneasy. Guests knew Mr Jones was closer to winning one of Alabama’s Senate seats than any Democrat in a quarter-century; they also knew that Mr Trump won the state by 28 points, and the last two Republican Senate candidates won 63.9% and 97.3% of the vote.

The Supreme Court takes up a second gerrymandering case

SUPREME COURT observers scratched their heads on the evening of December 8th when the justices announced they were taking on a second major challenge to gerrymandering this term. The justices have yet to resolve Gill v Whitford, a challenge to a Wisconsin gerrymander they heard in October.

Alabama’s Senate race is too close to call

“I DIDN’T even come out of the closet as a Democrat until the primary,” says Molly Clark, a genial retired Presbyterian minister working to get out the vote for Doug Jones (pictured left), the Democrat in Alabama running for a Senate seat on December 12th. She still has not told people in her church. Such fears are not uncommon.

Lawmakers sabotage a bipartisan push to improve gun safety

THE slaughter of 58 people at a country-music festival in Las Vegas in October by a man with a cache of 47 firearms prompted fresh calls for gun-law reform. A month later a man shot dead 26 worshippers in a church in Texas.

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