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    Rand Paul’s budget filibuster shows the decline of the US Senate as a deliberative body

Rand Paul’s budget filibuster shows the decline of the US Senate as a deliberative body

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Last week Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul filibustered a budget bill which would have kept the US government open. John D. Rackey writes that Paul’s filibuster – which was very unusual in and of itself – was in protest that his amendment to the budget bill was not given a vote. This lack of input outside of the Senate […]

American democracy sold to the highest bidder

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If the quality of democracy is to be measured by the extent to which it constrains the economically dominant, then American democracy is failing, writes George Tyler. Recent research has shown how campaign financing is skewing policy influence towards top earners. This is in contrast to many northern European countries, which can offer practical models for the US to […]

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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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    Generic ballot measures, party candidate recruitment and the coming 2018 wave

Generic ballot measures, party candidate recruitment and the coming 2018 wave

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Using data on generic ballot results back to 1954, Dan Cassino argues that generic ballot measures are most useful in identifying the quality of candidates recruited by a party, not necessarily the outcome of the race. With Republicans expected to slightly underperform their standing on the generic ballot measure this year, the 2018 midterms could look like a wave […]

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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 […]

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    Why electing former governors may help ease the partisan gridlock in the US Senate

Why electing former governors may help ease the partisan gridlock in the US Senate

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The US Senate now hosts more than 20 former state governors, a group which played an important role in ending the recent government shutdown. In new research, Alex Keena and Misty Knight-Finley examine the bipartisan role that former governors play in the US’ upper house. They find that former governors were 8 percent more likely to vote with the […]

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