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What excuse can any American possibly have for voting for Donald Trump?

August 1st, 2020 by Roger Darlington

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Dare to hope: the Democrats could sweep the board in the 2020 United States elections

June 30th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

For the third time during this lockdown, this evening I attended an online lecture to review the current state of the elections to be held in the United States on Tuesday 3 November 2020. All these lectures have been run by London’s City Literary Institute and given by the college’s Principal Mark Malcolmson. Of course, […]

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Is it time for Canada to invade the United States?

June 14th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

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The American tragedy: when black anger lashes out at the labour movement

June 1st, 2020 by Roger Darlington

A relative of mine in Seattle has suggested that I blog about the death of African-American George Floyd and the resultant protests and rioting. I hesitated because I’m aware of being British and of my white privilege. But an American friend of mine on Facebook has posted photographs of the Washington DC headquarters of the […]

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A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds amid coronavirus pandemic

May 27th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

One of the countries with the worst record of handling the pandemic is the United States but, as well as a death toll approaching 100,000, there is massive impact on mental health in a nation with poor social programmes and institutions compared to most of Europe. A third of Americans are showing signs of clinical […]

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Who should presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden choose as his running mate? (2)

May 22nd, 2020 by Roger Darlington

I have done a posting on this subject before with my own view (Kamala Harris). Now we have the ranking of the “Washington Post” as follows: POSITION POTENTIAL VP CHANGE OVER LAST VP RANKING 1. Kamala D. Harris — 2. Amy Klobuchar DOWN 1 3. Elizabeth Warren UP 5 4. Gretchen Whitmer UP 1 5. Tammy Duckworth UP 4 […]

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Al Capone was finally brought down because of his tax affairs. Could the same thing happen to Donald Trump?

May 14th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

This is an extract from the Wikipedia page on American gangster Al Capone: “The federal authorities became intent on jailing Capone, and prosecuted him in 1931 for tax evasion. During a highly publicized case, the judge admitted as evidence Capone’s admissions of his income and unpaid taxes, made during prior (and ultimately abortive) negotiations to pay […]

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Who should presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden choose as his running mate? (1)

May 7th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Assuming that Joe Biden survives the allegations of sexual harassment – which is not certain – he will be the nominee of the Democratic Party in the election for the next President of the United States. His first big decision is to choose a running mate. Traditionally this decision – somewhat particular to US politics […]

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And in other news … this year’s World Press Freedom Index is published and it’s not good for the UK or the US

April 21st, 2020 by Roger Darlington

At this time of crisis and lockdown, many of us are deprived of some basic freedoms – but hopefully this is temporary. Meanwhile media freedom around the world is under challenge. The latest World Press Freedom Index shows that the United Kingdom has slipped to 35th and the United States is no better at 45th. […]

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Today in the United States it’s Super Tuesday as Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden square up to one another big time

March 3rd, 2020 by Roger Darlington

I’m fascinated by American politics, so I’ve been following the contest to select a Democratic Party candidate to run against the Republican Donald Trump in the US presidential election in November. A massive field of candidates has been running but the number has recently fallen very quickly and very substantially with Pete Buttigieg and Amy […]

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