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The knife fight over Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement

Courting troubleThe knife fight over Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacementRepublicans may come to miss the norms they are breaking in the SenateUnited StatesSep 26th 2020 editionTHE PARTIES to a civil war almost never agree on why it began—and the parties to America’s decades-old fight for control of the Supreme Court are no different.For Republicans, the...

Democrats are doing less badly among rural voters

Signs of the timesDemocrats are doing less badly among rural votersOur polling suggests a bigger swing towards Joe Biden in rural America than in the suburbsUnited StatesSep 26th 2020 editionTWO MEN chuckle while hammering metal posts beside a road in Cresco, a sleepy town in northern Iowa. These will support the 70th Trump-Pence door-sized “barn sign”...

What does Amy Coney Barrett think?

From RBG to ACBWhat does Amy Coney Barrett think?A look at the record of the woman who is likely to be on America’s Supreme Court soonUnited StatesSep 26th 2020 editionSPEAKING ON FOX NEWS, Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator from South Carolina, conveyed the state of the battle to fill the Supreme Court seat of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “We’ve...

China now has the world’s largest fleet, alarming its Pacific rival

AI, captainChina now has the world’s largest fleet, alarming its Pacific rivalAmerica’s navy secretary announces a high-tech plan to secure parityUnited StatesSep 26th 2020 editionA SLEEK GREY trimaran that cuts through the water at 27 knots, the Sea Hunter is capable of sailing from San Diego to Tokyo, and back again, on a single tank of diesel—all...

Hope turned out black voters for Barack Obama

LexingtonHope turned out black voters for Barack ObamaWill fear bring them out against his successor?United StatesSep 26th 2020 editionIT WAS INTERESTING to recall, while Lexington was observing some canvassing of black North Carolinians last week, that only three months previously America had been convulsed by the biggest racial-justice protests since...

Why the Democrats are our narrow favourites to win the Senate

The donkey’s long tailWhy the Democrats are our narrow favourites to win the SenateThe Economist’s new statistical model gives them a 67% chance of flipping the upper house of Congress. That would open a world of possibilitiesUnited StatesTHE MOST important choice American voters face in November is whether to re-elect Donald Trump. The second-most...

Donald Trump narrows his Supreme Court search to five women

Pursuit of justiceDonald Trump narrows his Supreme Court search to five womenThe president says he’ll name his choice on SaturdayUnited StatesSPEAKING ON FOX NEWS on September 21st, Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator from South Carolina, conveyed the state of the battle to fill the Supreme Court seat of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “We’ve got the...

Blocking students is not the answer to Chinese spying in America

Deep coverBlocking students is not the answer to Chinese spying in AmericaSome visas are being revoked for no good reasonUnited StatesON SEPTEMBER 9TH a Chinese international student at Rice University in Houston found a nasty surprise waiting for her at her apartment. While she was out, someone had scrawled the word “spy” in capital letters across...

America wants a bigger navy of smaller ships to compete with China’s fleet

AI, captainAmerica wants a bigger navy of smaller ships to compete with China’s fleetChina now has the world’s largest fleet, alarming its Pacific rivalUnited StatesTHE SEA HUNTER is a sleek grey trimaran that cuts through the water at 27 knots, capable of sailing from San Diego to Tokyo, and back again, on a single tank of diesel—all by itself. The...

America’s farmers face multiplying pressures

Down on the farmAmerica’s farmers face multiplying pressuresClimate change, financial stress and covid-19 are making a bad situation worseUnited StatesJUST AN HOUR from Madison, Wisconsin’s capital city, cows roam sloping hillsides and cornstalks line serpentine backroads. Loganville, a town of just 300 people, is farm country. But there are fewer farms...

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