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What does federalism mean in the context of the American political system?

January 6th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

In the Autumn of 2018, I attended a series of six lectures at London’s City Literary Institute which examined the history of the American federal system. I have used some of this information to update the section of my guide to the American political system that explains the nature of federalism which is so important […]

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The most diverse House of Representatives in American history

January 4th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

“Among the historic class of new congresspeople who took the oath of office in the US House of Representatives on Thursday are the first Native American women, the first Muslim women, the first black women elected from Massachusetts and Connecticut, the first Hispanic women elected from Texas, and the youngest woman to be elected to […]

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All the president’s men and women who have left the service of Donald J Trump

December 21st, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Jim Mattis, US Defence Secretary, has announced his resignation over the president’s premature withdrawal of US troops from Syria. is incredible – and very damaging to public policy – how many key officials in the Trump administration have resigned or been fired in the space of just two years. But, of course, it tells us […]

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Voting: you think you know when it’s over and you think you know when it’s going to take place

December 10th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

It’s over a month since the Congressional mid-term elections took place in the United States but we still don’t know all the results. In North Carolina, the outcome of the election in the 9th House District is still in dispute. Check out the problem here. Meanwhile, for days, we’ve been told that the House of […]

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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┬áthe 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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