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All the president’s men and women who have resigned or been fired

March 7th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Gary Cohn, Donald Trump’s Chief Economic Adviser, has quit, the latest in a series of high-profile departures from the Trump administration His decision to go comes after Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, a move he and the Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, have reportedly vehemently opposed. Cohn was a registered Democrat […]

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A media lesson on the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

February 27th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I’ve watched every episode of the American television series “Madam Secretary” which is now half way through its fourth series, but I’ve only just caught up with the latest episode, partly because it was broadcast later in the UK than in the US and partly because I’ve been away in China. This episode explores the […]

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As Trump prepares to give his first State of the Union address, a reminder of his dire and unprecedented approval ratings

January 30th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

With an approval rating after a year in office at least 10 points lower than that of any other US president in modern history, Donald Trump is planning in his first State of the Union address to Congress to claim success in his 12 months in Oval Office. According to the latest polling by both […]

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Who will be the Democratic Party candidate in the presidential election of 2020?

January 27th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Donald Trump has only been in the White House for a year and we are still nine months away from the mid-term congressional elections in November. But already there is speculation about who the Democrats will field in 2020 to take back the Oval Office from the Republicans. During his time as president, Trump has […]

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Michael Wolff on Donald Trump in “Guardian” interview

January 15th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

“I don’t know if the president is clinically off his rocker. I do know, from what I saw and what I heard from people around him, that Donald Trump is deeply unpredictable, irrational, at times bordering on incoherent, self-obsessed in a disconcerting way, and displays all those kinds of traits that anyone would reasonably say, […]

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What do the British think of America’s president Donald Trump?

January 14th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

An opinion poll conducted for the “Observer” newspaper by Opinium has found that: 71% believe that he is untrustworthy 44% believe that he is less intelligent than the average person 18% believe he is a friend of Britain 72% believe that he is a risk to international stability The newspaper has major leader column assessing […]

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How do you impeach a president of the United States?

January 8th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Who’s asking? Well, almost everyone after the fierce controversy stimulated by the book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff. The short answer is: it’s not easy (and I guess it shouldn’t be). The longer answer is: The House of Representatives has the sole power of initiating impeachment charges, while the […]

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Why sadly we’ll have to wait at least another year before President Trump can be impeached

December 30th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

“In 2017 we saw with new clarity that the strength of the US constitution depends entirely on the willingness of those charged with enforcing it to do their duty. And today’s Republicans refuse to fulfil that obligation. They, like Trump, are without shame. This was a fatal oversight by Hamilton, James Madison and their fellow […]

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Some good news from the United States for a change

December 13th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Doug Jones has become the first Democrat to win any statewide office in the state of Alabama in decades after Republican candidate Roy Moore’s campaign for the Senate was marred by sexual assault claims. More news here.

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American elections provide major wins for Democrats and diversity

November 9th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Outside of the USA, the media focus on American elections is concentrated on the four-yearly event when Americans elect the president, the whole of the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate. There is some media interest in what are called the ‘mid-term’ elections when every two years voters again elect the whole of […]

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