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The mark of Cain

LexingtonThe mark of CainA Christian pollster argues that a reckoning is due in America’s churchesUnited StatesJul 11th 2020 editionFEW THINGS about Donald Trump’s rise are harder to explain than the fact that some of the most religious Americans were behind it. In 2016, 81% of white evangelicals voted for him. It seems no one was more astonished by...

Reining in police unions’ power in America

Bands of blueReining in police unions’ power in AmericaCities and states have begun to curb organisations that have been indulged from left and rightUnited StatesJul 11th 2020 edition“THE UNION forever defending our rights,” rhapsodises Billy Bragg, a British singer and activist, in his song “There is Power in a Union”. And that, indeed, is what unions...

Could Democrats pick up a Senate seat in Kansas?

The 88-year itchCould Democrats pick up a Senate seat in Kansas?The party has a strong candidate, but needs an FDR-like performance at the top of the ticketUnited StatesJul 11th 2020 editionSTALIN RULED the Soviet Union. George V occupied the British throne. America’s public was awed by a young Kansan, Amelia Earhart, who had become the first woman...

As fewer Americans go to church, chaplains are finding work elsewhere

Civil ritesAs fewer Americans go to church, chaplains are finding work elsewhereThe hospital chaplain has become a key figure in the treatment of covid-19 patientsUnited StatesJul 11th 2020 editionONE OF THE toughest things about covid-19 for Pamela Lazor, as for workers in hospitals across the world, has been watching patients die without a loved one...

The challenges of reducing America’s jail population

Reform squaredThe challenges of reducing America’s jail populationCash bail is unpopular. But the replacements are not necessarily betterUnited StatesJul 9th 2020 editionIT MIGHT have been the most polite bank robbery in New York’s history. At half past five in the afternoon on January 10th a man in a Chicago Bulls baseball cap walked into a Chase Bank...

America’s huge stimulus is having surprising effects on the poor

Family financesAmerica’s huge stimulus is having surprising effects on the poorThough severe deprivation is rising, not everyone is worse offUnited StatesNO ONE WELCOMES a recession, but downturns are especially difficult when you are poor. Rising unemployment means rising poverty: the recession of 2007-09 prompted the share of Americans classified...

Mississippi changes its state flag

Racist symbolsMississippi changes its state flagAnd removes a Confederate symbolUnited StatesJul 4th 2020 editionTHE MAGNOLIA STATE this week became the last southern state to change its state flag, removing the Confederate battle flag which had formed part of the design. It will adopt a new flag, incorporating the words “In God We Trust” but excluding...

The progressive left celebrates some notable Democratic primary victories

Left aheadThe progressive left celebrates some notable Democratic primary victoriesThis will not change the make-up of Congress. But it could make Nancy Pelosi’s job a lot harderUnited StatesJul 4th 2020 edition“I AM A BLACK MAN in America,” said Jamaal Bowman, a former headmaster, during his victory speech on June 23rd. “At a very young age as a black...

Justice John Roberts joins the Supreme Court’s liberal wing in some key rulings

Hail to the chiefJustice John Roberts joins the Supreme Court’s liberal wing in some key rulingsBut he is not tilting leftUnited StatesJul 4th 2020 editionFOR A THIRD time in as many weeks John Roberts, America’s conservative chief justice, has sided with his liberal colleagues in a big case. After his votes on LGBT rights and immigrant protections,...

Mississippi changes its colours

State flagsMississippi changes its coloursUnited StatesJul 4th 2020 editionTHE MAGNOLIA STATE this week became the last southern state to change its state flag, removing the Confederate battle flag which had formed part of the design. It will adopt a new flag, incorporating the words “In God We Trust” but excluding the so-called “stainless banner”....

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