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    Donald Trump wants to rewrite the liberal playbook that has kept America on top for decades.

Donald Trump wants to rewrite the liberal playbook that has kept America on top for decades.

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Throughout his 2016 presidential election campaign, Donald Trump claimed that the US had been losing its status as the most powerful nation in the world, and that if elected he would “Make America Great Again”. Carla Norrlof writes that while America’s superpower status has changed little in recent decades, Trump was able to feed on the anger of many […]

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    Restoring the vote to those convicted of a felony sentence is not just the right thing to do, it’s good social science

Restoring the vote to those convicted of a felony sentence is not just the right thing to do, it’s good social science

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On February 1st, the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled that the state’s process of vote-restoration for those convicted of a felony violated the US Constitution. Sarah Shannon and Christopher Uggen write that Florida is one of the few states which still prevent felons from voting after they have completed their sentences. And while this […]

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    Does social media foster polarisation? A close look at the handle @realdonaldtrump

Does social media foster polarisation? A close look at the handle @realdonaldtrump

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Extreme polarisation is not persistent over time; people are more likely to react to specific events or news, writes Maria Molina-Domene.

Social media facilitates communication and an appealing question is whether citizens use it to endorse or criticize the government. I investigate individuals’ potential polarisation about President Trump, as reflected in his personal Twitter account. In this context, polarisation relates […]

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    State of the States for 16 February: The Illusion of GOP control in New Hampshire, Alabama’s risky tax incentives, and California’s single-payer long game

State of the States for 16 February: The Illusion of GOP control in New Hampshire, Alabama’s risky tax incentives, and California’s single-payer long game

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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In Vermont this week, VTDigger reports that the state Senate has passed a bill which would see the Green Mountain state’s minimum wage increase to $15 an hour by 2024. The bill now heads to the state House, but has an uncertain future. Governor Phil Scott has indicated […]

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