Blog Profile / Lexington's Notebook

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Archived Since:April 18, 2011

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Regrouping and reforming

FIVE weeks after it lost power in a general election to a conservative coalition led by Tony Abbott, the Labor Party has installed a new leader. Bill Shorten prevailed in a party leadership contest quite unlike any before seen in Australia. Show More Summary

Two political earthquakes

MY PRINT column this week looks at parallels between the debate on gay marriage and the push for comprehensive immigration reform.

Service announcement

A BRIEF service announcement. With a view to bringing all of our American political blogging under one, online roof, Lexington’s notebook is going to join forces with our group blog Democracy In America, though archived postings will still be available at this address. Show More Summary

The grey-haired safety net

MY PRINT column this week ponders a striking social trend: a big rise in the number of children living in households headed by grandparents. Last week's was on the Supreme Court. To respond to reader comments, I should perhaps explain that these very brief posts are mostly intended to send print column links down the blog's RSS feed.

Why Superman matters

MY PRINT column this week is on the new Superman film, "Man of Steel": a fine movie for an anxious America.

Chris Christie's big plan

MY PRINT column this week suggests that Chris Christie—the rumpled, swaggering, boastful, crafty, disarming, charming, bullying governor of New Jersey—embodies a bet that the Republican Party must develop a bipartisan appeal or perish. Show More Summary

China bids for a pork company

MY PRINT column this week is on America's debate about China's rise, and how it often amounts to something rather different: an anguished, partisan discussion about perceived American weakness.

George Washington, politician

MY PRINT column this week is about the forgotten political virtues of George Washington.

The beginning of the end

SOMETIMES a heckler can be a politician’s best friend. Giving his fullest account of counter-terrorism policy for some years in an hour-long speech to the National Defense University on May 23rd, President Barack Obama was repeatedly...Show More Summary

Rand Paul's presidential chances

MY PRINT column this week considers Rand Paul's viability as a presidential contender.

Lessons from three scandals

MY PRINT column this week considers the three scandals lapping at the doors of the White House this week. It suggests that Republican rage over Benghazi is overblown, and that this explains why President Barack Obama's opponents have switched tack, and started denouncing him as a bullying tyrant.

No American cavalry for now

FOR all the warm words about coordination and shared approaches, when David Cameron and Barack Obama talked Syria at the White House on May 13th, striking differences could be heard. The British prime minister’s tone was urgent, even impatient. Show More Summary

Barack Obama's "Brigadoon" problem

MY PRINT column this week ponders why President Barack Obama finds it so hard to push through his agenda, even in policy areas where he speaks for a nationwide majority. It draws a parallel with the 1947 Broadway hit (and not terribly good 1954 film) "Brigadoon".

Barack Obama's best 2012 friends: enthusiastic black pensioners, and apathetic white youths

THE US Census Bureau published its definitive guide to turnout and voting trends in 2012 this afternoon, and the headline for many will be the fact that African-American turnout exceeded white turnout for the first time in 2012. In fact,...Show More Summary

Dithering in Syria

MY PRINT column this week is on Syria and Barack Obama's foreign policy.

Time to save a transatlantic trade pact

MY PRINT column this week urges leaders in America and the European Union to save a transatlantic trade pact that makes great sense but is in serious trouble.

A week of violence, and responses to violence

MY PRINT column this week considers America's response to the Boston bombings, and the failed Senate vote on gun control.

The strains of staying non-partisan

IN HIS brief statement hours after the fatal bombings at the Boston marathon, President Barack Obama quite properly struck a bipartisan note. "I've updated leaders of Congress in both parties, and we reaffirmed that on days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats," he told press gathered at the White House. Show More Summary

The Democrats' Texas-sized dilemma

MY PRINT column this week comes from Texas, and ponders a question obsessing Republicans and Democrats alike: with Hispanics on course to become the largest single group in the state by 2020 (and a majority about a decade later), does...Show More Summary

Running from Goldwater's ghost

RAND PAUL, the libertarian pin-up and Republican senator from Kentucky, today travelled the short distance from Capitol Hill in Washington to Howard University, a historically black college, to pose an important question. How, Mr Paul...Show More Summary

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