US politics from outside the beltway


Miami-Dade county election officials check voting machines for accuracy. Photo: Getty
The “restroom row” in Miami is the latest attempt to make it harder for minorities to vote
By David Millward - 29 July 10:54

The Florida county – pivotal in the 2000 Bush-Gore battle – has backtracked on a policy that would have meant polling stations didn’t have disabled toilets.

The Capitol building in Washington DC. Photo: Getty
The 2014 US midterms don’t mean anything
By Tod Lindberg - 16 July 12:39

Pundits and polls say the stakes couldn’t be higher. The reality is quite the opposite.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at the 2012 State of the Union. Photo: Getty
What Hillary Clinton’s new book tells us about her unspoken pact with Barack Obama
By Noam Scheiber - 09 June 12:30

Clinton gets Obama’s donors and operatives, and in return Obama gets the Democratic nominee best able to make sure his accomplishments outlive his administration. What’s not to like?

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Watch: the Daily Show's John Oliver on the royal baby
By New Statesman - 24 July 8:25

"I think it was around the time of the 48th cannon blast that you realise 'Oh, now I get it - in response to the royal birth, the news has gone on maternity leave'."

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George Zimmerman acquitted by jury over the killing of Trayvon Martin
By Alex Hern - 14 July 10:09

Controversial case closes controversially.

Downtown Harrison, Arkansas. Photograph via WikiCommons
In which a black man hires a member of the KKK as his lawyer
By Tabatha Leggett - 10 July 10:44

Tabatha Leggett speaks to Willie Brown, of Harrison, Arkansas, who did just that.

US Supreme Court strikes blow for same sex marriage
By Alex Hern - 26 June 16:05

DOMA and Prop 8 are both unconstitutional following todays rulings.

In the year 2013, Boy Scouts of America votes to allow gay scouts
By Alex Hern - 24 May 11:02

Despite this being the 21st century, gay scout leaders will still be banned from the organisation.

Obama amuses us again, but why can't British politicians do humour?
By Kiran Moodley - 29 April 11:45

The US president's star turn at the White House Correspondents' Dinner is a reminder of how far removed such comedy is from our political world.

Rand Paul's 13-hour filibuster against drone strikes sets Senate alight
By Alex Hern - 07 March 8:59

The junior senator from Kentucky is now getting some much-needed rest.

Can the Republicans gerrymander their way into the White House?
By Tim Wigmore - 12 February 12:50

Republicans should stop focus on winning more support, not changing the electoral rules.

Gabrielle Giffords with her husband Mark Kelly at the hearing.
Gabrielle Giffords on gun violence: "Too many children are dying... We must do something."
By Caroline Crampton - 31 January 8:30

The former Democratic Congresswoman, who was severely injured after being shot in the head at a political rally in 2011, delivered a moving speech at the start of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence.

Barack Obama during the 57th Presidential Inauguration.
Barack Obama's inauguration speech: full text and video
By New Statesman - 21 January 21:23

Read and listen to the US president's second inaugural address.

A vendor sells newspapers at the 57th Presidential Inauguration
Watch: Obama's second inauguration
By New Statesman - 21 January 15:35

Watch President Obama get sworn in for a second term.

Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet the audience.
Obama must make poverty reduction a priority for his second term
By Steven Akehurst - 20 January 13:02

To be a truly transformative president, Obama must bring the issue of urban poverty out from the political fringes.

The platinum coin is killed as America careens toward default
By Alex Hern - 14 January 10:50

The platinum coin is dead, long live the debt ceiling.

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Krugman backs minting a $1trn platinum coin
By Alex Hern - 08 January 8:16

The real funny story's the debt ceiling.

Austerity averted in US
By Alex Hern - 02 January 10:51

Country hauled back from the fiscal cliff.

Senate passes fiscal cliff deal
By Caroline Crampton - 01 January 9:25

Bill would prevent middle class taxes from rising.

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Stop sharing 30 year old stats. Use these instead
By Alex Hern - 17 December 16:19

"West Germany" really should be a clue.

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Barack Obama speaks to Sandy Hook vigil
By Alex Hern - 17 December 8:24

On Sunday, Barack Obama spoke to the vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.

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So, Republican Senator Marco Rubio, how old IS the earth?
By Alex Hern - 19 November 15:39

He's not a scientist, but he does know how to tell them when they're wrong.

Instagram becomes Dronestagram
Dronestagram: the locations behind America's secret drone war
By James Bridle - 12 November 11:04

These are the places most of us will never see. We do not know these landscapes and we cannot visit them.

Rachel Maddow: this election restores hope for a working American democracy
By Alex Hern - 09 November 16:33

"The Republicans got shellacked. And they had no idea it was coming."

Mitt Romney makes his concession speech
The Republican Party's future: evolve or die
By Lola Adesioye - 09 November 15:29

If the GOP is to avoid becoming completely irrelevant, it needs to embrace people who actually understand modern America.

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Watch: President Obama's thank-you speech to his Chicago campaign staff
By Alex Hern - 09 November 10:28

The president seems like a nice sort of guy, really.

The fiscal cliff isn't scary except to republicans
The fiscal cliff isn't scary to anyone but Republicans
By Alex Hern - 08 November 13:17

Taxmageddon could be a blessing in disguise.