Archive for the ‘American current affairs’ Category


How much does it cost to elect one member of the US House of Representatives?

June 24th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

This week, Jon Ossoff for the Democrats and Karen Handel for the Republicans faced each other in an electoral contest in what became the most expensive House of Representatives race in history. The candidates, their parties and super Political Action Committees (PACs) poured more than $50 million (£39 million) combined into the effort to win […]

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Never heard of Kamala Harris? You will …

June 18th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Kamala Harris is the  daughter of an Indian American mother and Jamaican American father, She was raised in Berkeley, where she was introduced to civil rights activism from a young age. She served two terms as the district attorney of San Francisco, the first woman to hold the position, before being elected the first female […]

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What is the Qatar spat all about? And why have there been so many foiled and successful terrorists incidents in the UK recently?

June 6th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

In a perceptive article in today’s “Guardian” newspaper, Paul Mason examines “Britain’s game of thrones in the Gulf”. On the clash between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, he agues: “The issue torturing the Saudi monarchy is Iran. Obama made peace with Iran in 2015, in the face of Saudi and Israeli opposition. Qatar is diplomatically closer […]

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An update on the United States Supreme Court

April 11th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

One of the most visited sections of my web site is my short guide to the American political system which you can read here. Following President Trump’s successful appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, I’ve updated the section of my guide relating to the court and you can access that here.

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Which is Donald Trump’s favourite television programme?

March 27th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

As explained in this article, it is “Fox & Friends”, the three-hour ‘news’ & entertainment programme which goes out each weekend morning on the Fox News Channel. Trump watches it religiously and often tweets in response to what he sees on the programme. Why does he like the programme so much? Simple. The article suggests […]

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So how is President Trump doing so far?

March 22nd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

In the United States, there is a longstanding practice of polling the popularity of the president. There are different polling organisations but one of the most reputable with one of the largest samples is Gallup. The last Gallup poll of President Barack Obama’s popularity – after a tough eight years in office – found a […]

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Will Barack Obama’s next book be the best-ever presidential memoir?

March 5th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

It has been reported this week that Barack and Michelle Obama have signed a joint book deal with Penguin Random House, said to be worth $60M (£49M). Now presidential memoirs are very rarely exciting reads. Three of the most eloquent writers and orators ever to have occupied the White House – Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D […]

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US Senator Tim Kaine on the need for a new strategy for American foreign policy

February 25th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

This week, I made my first visit to London’s Chatham House – officially the Royal Institute of International Affairs – at the invitation of a friend who is a member and runs the website Make Me Aware. We were there to hear an address by Tim Kaine, a Democratic senator for Virginia, a member of […]

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American politics: now fact is stranger than fiction

February 17th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I’m a bit of a political junkie and I love political dramas in the movies or on television. “The West Wing” was my all-time favourite TV series – I watched all 155 episodes as they were broadcast and every episode again when it was out in a box set. So, a while back,  I thought […]

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Who will save America’s Democratic Party? (1) There’s Elizabeth Warren in the Senate

February 14th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

In the United States, the Republicans now control the White House and the two houses of Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives. If President Trump has his way, the vacant position on the Supreme Court will be filled by a conservative. In these circumstances, the Democratic Party has to fight back urgently and […]

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