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    We can’t rely on corporations to save us from climate change

We can’t rely on corporations to save us from climate change

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The demands of radical decarbonisation clash with the imperatives of profit and shareholder value, write Christopher Wright and Daniel Nyberg.

Climate change is now the ever-present reality of human experience. Late last year we witnessed a procession of huge hurricanes batter the US and Caribbean, the largest wildfires on record burn through California, and in Australia, despite the death of […]

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    State of the States for 2 February: The war on democracy in Virginia, Cuomo’s war chest, and Idaho’s ‘Kansas-style’ tax cut

State of the States for 2 February: The war on democracy in Virginia, Cuomo’s war chest, and Idaho’s ‘Kansas-style’ tax cut

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
Northeast 
In New Hampshire this week, NH Labor News reports that the state Senate has voted to kill a bill which would ban bump stocks in the state, similar to those used in last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. 

Heading south, RIPR says that Rhode Island Governor has kept […]

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    Why taking moderate positions may help the Democrats to retake the House this fall.

Why taking moderate positions may help the Democrats to retake the House this fall.

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Partisan polarization has steadily increased in recent decades, culminating in record highs in recent years. In new research, Jamie Carson and Ryan Williamson compare the ideology of winning and losing candidates in US House elections between 1992 and 2012. They find that winning candidates are much less ideologically extreme than those who lose elections. Though some districts prefer more […]

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    Better poll sampling would have cast more doubt on the potential for Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 election

Better poll sampling would have cast more doubt on the potential for Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 election

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Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory took many by surprise – most of the polling had suggested a victory for Hillary Clinton. But were the polls wrong? In new research Manfred te Grotenhuis, Subu Subramanian, Rense Nieuwenhuis, Ben Pelzer and Rob Eisinga examine the election polls’ accuracy by randomly sampling from each state’s observed voters for Clinton or Trump. They […]

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    President Trump’s First State of the Union: LSE Experts React

President Trump’s First State of the Union: LSE Experts React

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On Tuesday January 30th, President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. We asked LSE experts to give their rapid reaction to the speech.  Read the State of the Union address here.

A scripted 80 minute speech does not portend a departure from the chaos of Trump’s presidency: Brian Klaas– LSE Government

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    Why the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s gerrymandering decision is good news for Democrats.  

Why the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s gerrymandering decision is good news for Democrats.  

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On January 22nd, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out the Congressional District maps drawn by the state legislature in 2011, citing that they were in violation of the state’s constitution. Michelle J. Atherton writes that the decision has caused an earthquake in the state’s politics, with the Republican-controlled legislature now scrambling to come up with a fairer map for […]

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    Here’s what the Democrats need to do to get the DREAM Act through Congress.

Here’s what the Democrats need to do to get the DREAM Act through Congress.

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Last week the United States government shut down for the first time in nearly 5 years. At the centre of the shutdown was the impasse between Democrats and Republicans over the DREAM Act, which would grant residency to those who came to the US as the children of undocumented immigrants. While the Democrats eventually agreed to a budget which […]

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    Book Review: Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

Book Review: Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

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With the overnight international bestseller Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolff utilises his ‘semipermanent seat’ on a West Wing sofa to offer an insider account of the Trump administration. While critical of Wolff’s writing style, methods and failure to separate clear falsehoods from certainties, Jonny Hall concedes that the book remains a gripping read that is at its […]

Book Review: The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison

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In The Origin of Others, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature Toni Morrison extends her existing nuanced explorations and interrogations of race and racism by examining the structures that construct ‘Otherness’ in the interconnected contexts of literature and lived experience. Based on a series of lectures given at Harvard University in 2016, this is not always an […]

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    Economists think Trump harmed the world economy, but not that of their country

Economists think Trump harmed the world economy, but not that of their country

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A survey asked over 1,000 economic experts how the US president is doing on key economic policy outcomes, writes Alessandro Lanteri.

On November 8th 2016, I was in Mexico City having dinner with a group of people. Suddenly, the person sitting across from me started receiving an unconscionable number of emails, messages, and calls on two devices simultaneously. As the […]

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