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How long can a Trump presidency last?

January 11th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The latest allegations about connections between Russia and Trump and his associates, if substantiated, are deeply worrying and come after a whole slew of concerns about conflicts of interests, character defects, political nominations, and flip-flopping policy announcement (often simply via Twitter). It is not just those who opposed the Trump candidacy who are worried; many […]

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30 photographs of my Thanksgiving visit to the USA

December 13th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

First, I did 10 blog postings during my visit to the United States to enjoy Thanksgiving; then I knitted these postings into a continuous narrative for my web site; now I’ve illustrated the text of the web page with 30¬†photographs. Check them out here.

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Who has Donald Trump chosen to help him run the United States for the next four years?

December 11th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

We are still waiting for President-elect Donald Trump to make what is probably the most important appointment to his new administration: the choice of Secretary of State. The latest reports suggests that the pick will be Rex Tillerson who is the CEO of Exxon Mobil and someone with a business relationship with Russian president Vladimir […]

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Should we hold Donald Trump to his promises? All 282 of them!

December 1st, 2016 by Roger Darlington

In the course of the long campaign, President-elect Donald Trump made an astonishing number of promises – some very specific, other terrible vague; some quite positive, but many utterly fanciful. Writing for the “Washington Post”, Jenna Johnson has compiled a list of 282 Trump promises. In the interests of political accountability, the Democratic Party, the […]

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Thanksgiving in the USA (8)

November 26th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Friday saw a return to downtown Washington DC to visit another museum. The Newseum is a private location that charges visitors unlike the Smithsonian museums which are free, but it is an absolutely fascinating place that anyone with an interest in current affairs simply must visit. It opened at its present location on Pennsylvania Avenue […]

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Thanksgiving in the USA (7)

November 25th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Following the family version of Thanksgiving on Sunday, the real Thanksgiving Day was today (Thursday). Around the nation, almost 49 million Americans travelled by road, rail and air to join their families. Mike and Laura were keen that I should have the full, immersive Thanksgiving experience so, like 50 million viewers all around the country, […]

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Thanksgiving in the USA (6)

November 24th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

I have long been fascinated by the American political system (if you Google those three words, my website guide will be referenced in the first page of results) and intrigued by American politics (which is why a visit to the USA within a couple of weeks of Donald Trump’s election as president is so interesting). […]

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Thanksgiving in the USA (4)

November 22nd, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Today (Monday), Mike and Laura had things to do, so I headed off to downtown Washington DC on my own to visit a couple of favourite museums. Laura drove me the 20 minute ride to Glenmont metro station, which is at the end of the red line, and an hour later I was at my […]

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Thanksgiving in the USA (3)

November 21st, 2016 by Roger Darlington

My base for this trip to the USA is the beautiful home of my American friends Mike & Laura Grace. Mike bought three acres of woodland with tulip poplar trees and had the house built in 1979 and then in 2004 they had the place extended. It now occupies over 4,000 square feet with everything […]

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How many executive orders has Barack Obama issued?

November 20th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

On my flight from London to Washington DC to spend Thanksgiving with American friends, I met an intelligent and articulate Anerican who voted for Donald Trump, who hated Hillary Clinton, and who told me that Barack Obama had issued more executive orders than the previous seven presidents combined. I told him that he was absolutely […]

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