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Joe Biden seeks to heal the wounds inflicted by Donald Trump

Exit TrumpJoe Biden seeks to heal the wounds inflicted by Donald TrumpA normal American president takes power in an abnormal ceremonyUnited StatesNEVER HAVE consecutive presidential inaugurations been so different. And the fact that Joe Biden’s swearing-in on January 20th was held in plague conditions was only the half of it.Donald Trump was inaugurated...

Tracking Joe Biden’s first 100 days

America’s 46th presidentTracking Joe Biden’s first 100 daysThe Economist is keeping tabs on his cabinet, achievements and the latest pollingUnited StatesBookmark this page to keep tabs on what Joe Biden achieves in his first 100 days in office. For more coverage of the Biden administration visit our hub, listen to our American politics podcast and sign...

The Trump era in covers

Hair todayThe Trump era in coversOur editors pick out 13 covers that chronicled a presidency like no otherUnited StatesDONALD TRUMP′S term in office ends on January 20th 2021. The story of his presidency has been deeply unpredictable in many ways, starting with the fact that it happened at all. But the nature of his administration should not have surprised...

American children losing most by missing school may miss it longest

Slight returnAmerican children losing most by missing school may miss it longestThis risks widening the gap between rich and poor even furtherUnited StatesONLINE CLASSES make Miemie Jefferson frustrated, and when she is frustrated she often screams and bites herself. The 15-year-old from Seattle has Angelman syndrome, a genetic condition that causes...

Donald Trump faces an array of legal trouble when he leaves office

Peril aheadDonald Trump faces an array of legal trouble when he leaves officeHis presidential immunity runs out on January 20thUnited StatesDONALD TRUMP has spent the two months since his electoral defeat furiously trying and consistently failing to overturn the results. Armchair psychiatrists claim that Mr Trump’s lifelong fear of being seen as a loser...

Minor-league baseball is getting squeezed

Trouble on the farmMinor-league baseball is getting squeezedThe shifting relationship between baseball’s major and minor leagues is American society in miniatureUnited StatesJan 16th 2021 editionMINOR-LEAGUE baseball clubs, the more than a hundred small, independent teams—some, like the Albuquerque Isotopes, with wonderful names–have long had a symbiotic...

What to expect from Texas legislature’s new session

Stars and gripesWhat to expect from Texas legislature’s new sessionIt must deal with challenges that are as large and diverse as the stateUnited StatesJan 16th 2021 editionWHEN THE Texas legislature convened on January 12th, the state House opened its first session with prayer, the pledge of allegiance to the American flag, and the pledge of allegiance...

Donald Trump’s ban from online platforms underlines their power

Said the spider to the flyDonald Trump’s ban from online platforms underlines their powerThe debate about free speech online grows beyond just Facebook and TwitterUnited StatesJan 16th 2021 editionPARLER, A SMALL but rapidly growing social network, is an unlikely candidate for liberal sympathy. Pronounced “parlour”, it gained popularity mainly with...

America is experiencing the worst recorded increase in its national murder rate

Where bullets flyAmerica is experiencing the worst recorded increase in its national murder rateThe reasons for it are complicated and somewhat mysteriousUnited StatesJan 16th 2021 editionEVEN FOR a city used to gun violence, the events on January 9th in Chicago were terrifying. A lone man, probably psychotic, bragged in videos on social media of how...

The conscience of some conservatives

LexingtonThe conscience of some conservativesThe Republican Party launches an overdue civil war over Donald TrumpUnited StatesJan 16th 2021 editionTO PARAPHRASE Samuel Johnson, nothing concentrates the mind like the prospect of being hanged. And so it has proved inside the Republican leadership. A week after Donald Trump’s MAGA mob erected a gallows...

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