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The Democrats did better in the US mid-terms than was widely reported at the time

November 17th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

It is almost two weeks since the mid-term elections were held in the United States and we still do not have the full results. The day after the elections, it was widely reported that the Democrats had underperformed compared to expectations but, over the following days, the true picture emerged of more victories for the […]

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What actually happened in the US mid-term elections?

November 9th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Three weeks ago, I attended a lecture at London’s City Literary Institute to discuss what was at stage in the United States mid-term elections of 6 November and this week there was a follow-up lecture to examine the actual results. Both lectures were given by the college principal Mark Malcolmson. Not all the results are […]

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Only one more day to the US mid-term elections

November 5th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Some 33 million votes have already been counted in early voting, vastly more than at this stage four years ago. Turnout is on track to be the largest in a mid-term election for more than 50 years.

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Only two more days to the US mid-term elections

November 4th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I’ve been following this year’s mid-term elections in the United States like no other. Never have I seen a sitting president campaigning so hard in such elections, but Trump knows that these elections are all about him. In a piece in today’s “Observer” newspaper, Simon Tisdall explains that: “Set against the overwhelming weight of historical […]

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What is at stake in the US mid-term elections?

October 19th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This week, I attended the first of two sessions at London’s City Literary Institute to discuss the United States mid-term elections. This session looked at what is at stake and considered what might happen. The session after the elections will examine the results and debate the implications for the presidential election in 2020. The elections are […]

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What is the religious composition of the US Supreme Court?

October 8th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

For weeks now, the world has watched while the United States Senate has held confirmation hearings for President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. Sadly that nomination has now been confirmed and the court has a clear conservative majority that will impact its decisions for decade and guarantee Trump a long legacy. Meanwhile […]

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Could one woman still block Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court?

October 5th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

“In the end, whether or not the supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed could come down to the vote of one senator: Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from Maine. Historically, she is popular with women. She attracts voters who are registered Democrats. She opposed Trump’s candidacy for president, saying that he could make the […]

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Could this be what finally brings down Donald J Trump?

October 3rd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

US president Donald Trump has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a mammoth “New York Times” investigation has found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s. “The [New York state] tax department is reviewing the […]

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Could Texas turn blue? The battle between Cruz and O’Rourke.

September 23rd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

In the strange world of American politics, a blue state is one where the Democratic candidate is the winner. Texas has traditionally been a safe red state – that is, Republican. But that might change in the forthcoming US mid-term Congressional elections. It underlines America’s strange and turbulent political moment that the highest-profile and most […]

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A guide to the mid-term elections in the US Congress

September 11th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I’ve never been so interested in – and concerned about – the mid-term elections in the United States which will be held on Tuesday 6 November 2018. All the seats in the House of Representatives (435) and a third of the seats in the Senate (35)  are up for election. The Democrats should win the House […]

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