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US politics: A return to reason?

More so perhaps than landmark pieces of legislation, milestone Supreme Court rulings have a tendency of defining eras. Brown v Board of Education of Topeka, the 1954 ruling calling for desegregation of southern schools, has come to symbolise the civil rights revolution, even though it took the

Obama: Whither hope and change?

Brendon O’Connor is Associate Professor in American politics at the United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney. His recent presentation with Michael Fullilove on the US mid-term elections and the Obama administration can be heard here. Hope and change are the words most

Getting inside Dick Cheney's head

It's great fun watching conservative commentators write about Barack Obama these days. His election victory and his continuing success presents his foreign policy critics in the media with an exquisite dilemma: do they maintain their rage against him, thereby dealing themselves out of

Obama announces venue for Islam speech

So, it seems Barack has ignored my advice – and after all I’ve done for him! During last year’s US presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised that in the first 100 days of his administration he would travel to a major Islamic forum and deliver an address to redefine the West’s

Obama: 'I was with Kevin Rudd today...'

For those who are not so pointy-headed as to watch Barack Obama’s press conference live from the East Room of the White House, the president just gave Kevin Rudd a nice little shout-out: QUESTION: Good evening, Mr. President. Thank you. Taking this economic debate a bit globally,

Kagan can't spare any change for Obama

So Robert Kagan believes Barack Obama's election heralds no change to US foreign policy. Under the new administration, he argues in The Washington Post, 'the basic goals and premises of US policy have not shifted.' He ends his article with the ironic cry: 'Viva la revolucion!'

Is Obama a cheapskate?

Some readers have invited me to be as outraged as they are about the fact that President Obama's gift to visiting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was a collection of classic American movies on DVD. I certainly agree with reader Anton that the gift was thoughtless, given that what remains

McCain: Austerity begins on the South Lawn

Last year I raised my eyebrows at the price Washington is paying for a new fleet of helicopters for carting around POTUS, or the President of the United States. At Barack Obama's fiscal responsibility summit today, Senator John McCain, who has a long record of being a budgetary hawk as well