US Politics

Scott Walker to Face the Music in US Midterms?

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Scott Walker is one of the many old guard Republicans facing a credible challenge in November, and it could be the oft-ignored issue of education that ends up unseating him.

FLASH: Canada on the Clock to Save NAFTA

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The focus is now on Canada to come to terms with Washington. But Ottawa’s position may not be as dire as it seems.

The Commendable Courage of Steve Bullock

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The governor’s stance on gun rights may pay off in the long run.

The Dangerous Simplicity of Brett Kavanaugh

Brett_Kavanaugh_and_Johnny_Isakson, public domain, Wiki commons Office of Senator Johnny Isakson, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brett_Kavanaugh_and_Johnny_Isakson.jpg

Make no mistake: Brett Kavanaugh is not Neil Gorsuch 2.0. On key constitutional matters, the two couldn’t be any more different.

Democracy and the Arc of Progress

StatueofLIberty, cc Flickr Pablo Muñoz, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

After decades of progress, democracy is backsliding worldwide. At what point will people rise up and put a stop to it?

The Border Wall Nobody Talks About

US - Mexico Border Fence, cc Flickr Tony Webster, modifier, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

For all the vicious debate, people may be surprised to learn that a US-Mexico border wall already exists.

Global Forecast (04-17-2018)

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Ambivalence in the United States on new Russia sanctions, a Jupiter rises to defend democracy in Europe, and the IMF predicts solid global growth for 2018.

Trump to Sink Further into the Syria Quagmire?

President Trump at 2017 CPAC, Flickr Gage Skidmore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Weeks after reportedly telling his generals to draw up plans for a withdrawal from Syria, the US president finds himself being pulled back in.

The Rise and Fall of the American Farmer

Combine, cc Flickr United Soybean Board, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Small-scale US farmers are struggling with no relief in sight. Is this capitalist determinism at work or symptomatic of a more general trend of American decline?

Tillerson Fired as Trump Veers “America First”

cc Flickr Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Trump has installed a kindred spirit at the top of the State Department. The move can be expected to reverberate throughout US foreign policy, notably in the administration’s approach to Iran.

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