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Joe Biden’s voting rights push is futile

United StatesVoting rights and wrongsJoe Biden’s voting-rights push is futile–and misguidedHe doesn’t have the votes or the antidote to Republican subversionWHAT BETTER way to chase one humiliating setback and waste of political capital than with another? That seems to be the outcome of President Joe Biden’s latest political strategy as he smarts from...

Joe Biden’s voting-rights push is futile—and misguided

United StatesVoting rights and wrongsJoe Biden’s voting-rights push is futile–and misguidedHe doesn’t have the votes or the antidote to Republican subversionWHAT BETTER way to chase one humiliating setback and waste of political capital than with another? That seems to be the outcome of President Joe Biden’s latest political strategy as he smarts from...

Joe Biden’s voting-rights push is futile–and misguided

United StatesVoting rights and wrongsJoe Biden’s voting-rights push is futile–and misguidedHe doesn’t have the votes or the antidote to Republican subversionWHAT BETTER way to chase one humiliating setback and waste of political capital than with another? That seems to be the outcome of President Joe Biden’s latest political strategy as he smarts from...

As violent crime leaps, liberal cities rethink cutting police budgets

United StatesJan 15th 2022 editionRefunding the policeAs violent crime leaps, liberal cities rethink cutting police budgetsThe tricky politics of criminal-justice reform at a time of rising fearsIN THE DAYS after George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer in May 2020, protesters took to the streets across America. They urged cities to...

As Austin thrives as a tech hub, will it avoid San Francisco’s problems?

United StatesJan 15th 2022 editionAn American boom townAs Austin thrives as a tech hub, will it avoid San Francisco’s problems?The capital of Texas will have to grapple with the downsides of growthELON MUSK has predicted that Austin will be “the biggest boom town that America has seen in 50 years”. From 2010 to 2020 its metro area had the second-fastest...

America resorts to remote learning, against pupils’ interests

United StatesJan 15th 2022 editionSchools outAmerica resorts to remote learning, against pupils’ interestsWhy have so many schools been cancelling classes?GIVEN THE way the fight had been proceeding, it ended in a whimper. On January 10th a stand-off between Chicago’s teachers’ union and its mayor, Lori Lightfoot, escalated to personal insults. Jesse...

More diverse appointments are set to reshape America’s judiciary

United StatesJan 15th 2022 editionBiden’s judgesMore diverse appointments are set to reshape America’s judiciaryDemocrats race to fill the courtsDEMOCRATS ARE accustomed to feelings of despair about the increasingly conservative Supreme Court. But in the lower courts President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats have wasted no time filling the federal bench....

Deadly blazes reflect America’s failure to adequately house its poor

United StatesJan 15th 2022 editionFiresDeadly blazes reflect America’s failure to adequately house its poorThe real cause of recent deadly fires was povertyTHE SMELL of smoke hung in the air for days after the fire on January 5th that killed 12 members of an extended family. Philadelphia’s mayor called it “one of the most tragic days in our city’s history”....

The Supreme Court is divided over vaccine mandates

United StatesVaccines in AmericaThe Supreme Court is divided over vaccine mandatesConservative justices are sceptical of a test-or-jab requirement for big firmsWITH THE Omicron variant spurring a surge of covid cases across America, the Supreme Court is poised to decide whether two of President Joe Biden’s vaccine policies may take effect as planned...

Can Joe Biden’s relentless diplomacy work without diplomats?

United StatesAmerican foreign policyCan Joe Biden’s relentless diplomacy work without diplomats?More than one-third of America’s ambassadors are missing from the actionAMERICA’S DIPLOMATIC campaign to avert a Russian invasion of Ukraine will intensify this week, when senior American and Russian officials meet: first bilaterally, then collectively with...

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