Julie Norman

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    As tensions rise between the US and NATO and Russia over Ukraine, diplomacy is key alongside deterrence.

As tensions rise between the US and NATO and Russia over Ukraine, diplomacy is key alongside deterrence.

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With over 100,000 Russian troops amassed on the Ukrainian border, tensions between Russia, the US, and NATO are at their highest point in decades. In this explainer, Julie Norman discusses the current dynamics of the conflict, and outlines the diplomatic and deterrence strategies that the US and NATO allies are employing to avert an invasion. 
What does Russia want? 
In December […]

One year into his presidency, Biden is down but not out

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At the one year anniversary of Joe Biden’s inauguration, the President’s approval ratings are at their lowest point yet, with COVID-19 lingering, inflation rising, and key legislation stalled. With the 2022 midterms less than a year away, moderate and progressive Democrats alike are calling for a reset. Is that still possible? In this Q&A, Julie Norman discusses the highs […]

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    Senate opposition means Democrats will struggle to pass voting rights bills.

Senate opposition means Democrats will struggle to pass voting rights bills.

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Democrats have begun 2022 with a renewed effort to pass voting rights legislation. And while President Joe Biden and senior Senate Democrats have been pushing for two key voting rights bills and changes to Senate rules to enable them to pass, they continue to be blocked by Republicans. Julie Norman discusses the context and content of the bills, the […]

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    Biden’s Putin call is only one part of his big week for democracy

Biden’s Putin call is only one part of his big week for democracy

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This week President Biden is taking steps to promote democracy abroad, culminating in a two-day global virtual Summit for Democracy. In an overview of Biden’s democracy week, from a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Ukraine, a US government boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics and the summit itself, Julie Norman comments that Biden’s foreign policy activities in […]

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    What to watch in Virginia and New Jersey’s off-year elections this week 

What to watch in Virginia and New Jersey’s off-year elections this week 

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The 2022 midterms are over a year away, but Election Day 2021 still matters, writes Julie Norman. With gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey and mayoral races in 40 major cities, both parties will be using this Tuesday’s elections to shape their narratives and inform their trajectories in the months ahead.
What are the key races to watch tomorrow?
Most eyes on […]

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    Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill is good policy – and good politics

Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill is good policy – and good politics

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The Senate is set to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill with bipartisan support. In this Q&A, Julie Norman explains what’s in the bill, what it means for Biden, and what’s next for Democrats – who are also pushing another infrastructure bill.
What’s included in the bipartisan infrastructure bill? 
The $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill – which is set to be voted […]

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    Is the battle over voting rights the biggest test of US democracy?

Is the battle over voting rights the biggest test of US democracy?

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In a 13 July speech in Philadelphia, US President Joe Biden called the fight around voting laws the “most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War.” Is he right? In this explainer, Julie Norman breaks down the voting rights battle now unfolding in Congress and discusses what’s at stake. 
What are the new voting laws? 
In the first six […]

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    Biden’s G-7 trip is about repairing international relationships and reviving US support for multilateralism

Biden’s G-7 trip is about repairing international relationships and reviving US support for multilateralism

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Joe Biden’s first overseas trip as president begins this week with the G-7 summit in the UK. Julie Norman writes that Biden’s has two aims for this trip: shoring up relationships with allies to promote US multilateralism, and reaffirming democratic values among the G-7, NATO, and the EU in opposition to China and Russia. 
What will Biden’s first international trip […]

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    In passing COVID-19 relief, appeasing party moderates was more important to Congressional Democrats than pursuing bipartisan compromise.

In passing COVID-19 relief, appeasing party moderates was more important to Congressional Democrats than pursuing bipartisan compromise.

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With Congressional approval of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, US President Joe Biden is poised to sign his first major piece of legislation this week. Julie Norman explains what’s in the bill, and what both the policies and the process tell us about how Biden and Congressional Democrats are likely to govern.
What’s in the bill? 
The $1.9 trillion coronavirus […]

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    Though conviction is unlikely, Democrats are pursuing the impeachment trial to hold Trump accountable

Though conviction is unlikely, Democrats are pursuing the impeachment trial to hold Trump accountable

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This week has seen the second impeachment trial of former President Trump unfold. Julie Norman looks at how the trial is being run, and the political implications of a likely acquittal. 
How has the trial unfolded? 
The trial began on Tuesday 9 February with a 4-hour debate on the constitutionality of the proceedings, followed by up to 16 hours of arguments from […]

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