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How can the Democrats make the American political system a bit fairer?

October 10th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Everybody knows that the 2016 presidential election was won by Republican candidate Donald Trump even though the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won almost three million more votes. The explanation is that the President is not elected directly but chosen by an Electoral College which is biased in favour of the smaller rural states which generally […]

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How much crazier can the American presidential election become?

October 2nd, 2020 by Roger Darlington

So Donald J Trump has contracted Covid-19. This is hardly surprising given the lack of precautions that he has routinely followed. But what happens now? His symptoms could be mild or even none. But .. If Trump becomes severely ill, he may temporarily transfer power to the vice-president under the 25th Amendment of the US […]

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Could the revelations of Donald Trump’s tax affairs finally finish this Teflon president?

September 29th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Four and a half months ago, I did a posting entitled: Al Capone was finally brought down because of his tax affairs. Could the same thing happen to Donald Trump? Make no mistake: the expose of Trump’s tax affairs by the “New York Times” is huge. It is a brilliant piece of investigative journalism and […]

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If President Trump’s secures his Supreme Court nomination, what could a President Biden do about it?

September 29th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

In a recent posting, I ventured to suggest that, following the death of Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg, President Trump would quickly nominate Amy Coney Barrett as a replacement (which he has now already done), but that enough Republican Senators would oppose such a rushed appointment so near to the election of a new […]

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A review of the 2018 film “RBG”

September 22nd, 2020 by Roger Darlington

The death of Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who served for 27 years as its most radical member, was a tragedy for the whole of liberal America. Aged 87 and having twice survived cancer, she succumbed to a third bout of cancer just weeks before the election of the President who constitutionally has the […]

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Will Donald Trump get his third Supreme Court nominee? I may be wrong, but I don’t think he will.

September 21st, 2020 by Roger Darlington

The death of Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a tragedy for the whole of liberal America. Aged 87 and having twice survived cancer, she succumbed to a third bout of cancer just weeks before the election of the President who constitutionally has the sole power and responsibility to nominate a successor. Republicans want […]

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America’s size is its strength – and its weakness

September 8th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

We often forget just how big the United States is. It is the fourth largest nation on earth by area after Russia, Canada, and China. It is the third most populous country on the planet after China and India. As a result, the USA has enormous strengths. It is the world’s largest economy and such […]

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In both the USA and Britain, fair elections are under threat

September 2nd, 2020 by Roger Darlington

In the United States, the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) was formed in 1974 after the Watergate scandal to enforce the country‚Äôs new election spending laws and the campaign finance abuses of the presidential race two years earlier. The bipartisan, independent agency was designed to investigate potential cases of illegal campaign spending, issue advisory opinions where […]

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So how is Trump’s wall doing and who is paying for it?

September 1st, 2020 by Roger Darlington

When Donald Trump first ran for the US presidency, one of his biggest – in every sense of the world – promises was that he would build a wall along the whole of the country’s southern border and that he would ensure that Mexico paid for it. So, now that he’s been in the White […]

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Donald Trump – the greatest president of all time

August 31st, 2020 by Roger Darlington

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