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    The directions we can expect from the US 2020 Democratic presidential nomination race.

The directions we can expect from the US 2020 Democratic presidential nomination race.

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While impeachment is the talk of the town in Washington DC, we are only months away from the first presidential primary contests. Elizabeth Freund Larus and Scott W. Fischer write that, on the Democratic side, the current field is at a historically large 17 candidates, with two late entrants joining the field in recent weeks. They comment that the […]

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    Book Review: The Great Broadening: How Vast Expansion of the Policymaking Agenda Transformed American Politics by Bryan D. Jones, Sean M. Theriault and Michelle Whyman

Book Review: The Great Broadening: How Vast Expansion of the Policymaking Agenda Transformed American Politics by Bryan D. Jones, Sean M. Theriault and Michelle Whyman

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In The Great Broadening: How Vast Expansion of the Policymaking Agenda Transformed American Politics, Bryan D. Jones, Sean M. Theriault and Michelle Whyman set out to prove that the period from the 1960s to the 1980s witnessed a ‘Great Broadening’ of the US government’s involvement in areas that had previously been off limits. Mining rich sources of data to provide insight […]

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    How a procedure aimed at overcoming polarization in the Senate may have made it worse.

How a procedure aimed at overcoming polarization in the Senate may have made it worse.

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Despite its design as a deliberative body, the United States Senate has become a place of legislative gridlock, with party leaders often resorting to procedural moves to pass legislation. In new research, Neil S. Chaturvedi looks at the use of the ‘filling the amendment tree’ tactic in recent Congressional sessions. He writes that while the tactic, the use of […]

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    Primary Primers: Iowa: Why flyover country will be a political hotspot in 2020

Primary Primers: Iowa: Why flyover country will be a political hotspot in 2020

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In just over two months’ time, voters in Iowa will caucus to decide their preferred candidates for the 2020 presidential nomination. Andrew D. Green explains what makes the Hawkeye State’s political decision-making unique, writing that the individualism of many residents often leads to split ticket voting. While President Trump is almost certain to win the Republican contest in Iowa, […]

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    Primary Primers: Why Super Tuesday will be the most important date in the 2020 election calendar

Primary Primers: Why Super Tuesday will be the most important date in the 2020 election calendar

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On March 3rd, 2020, 14 states will hold primary elections to determine their preferred presidential candidates. Barbara Norrander writes that these contests – which will select 34 percent of the Democrats’ convention delegates – will be the one of the most important days of the primary election calendar, and may mark the beginning of the end of the 2020 […]

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    The Democrats’ Kentucky win is an outlier which tells us little about 2020

The Democrats’ Kentucky win is an outlier which tells us little about 2020

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Earlier this month Democrat Andy Beshear beat incumbent Matt Bevin to win Kentucky’s gubernatorial race by about 5,000 votes. While Beshear’s victory in a generally Republican state may lead some to speculate that the GOP will face a difficult 2020 in Kentucky and even beyond, Anne Cizmar suggests caution. Matt Bevin’s loss, she writes, can mostly be attributed to […]

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    The House is poised to impeach Donald Trump, but conviction in the Senate may be an uphill battle

The House is poised to impeach Donald Trump, but conviction in the Senate may be an uphill battle

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After months of build-up, at the end of October the US House voted to begin an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. Scott Fischer and Elizabeth Freund Larus give an overview of the impeachment process, as well as its history, dating back to the near-removal of President Andrew Johnson in 1868. They argue that Trump’s impeachment will likely most closely resemble […]

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    As impeachment hearings begin, Trump’s approval ratings may determine whether Republicans stay or break with the President.

As impeachment hearings begin, Trump’s approval ratings may determine whether Republicans stay or break with the President.

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Yesterday, the US House Intelligence Committee began its first public hearings into impeaching President Donald Trump, with Ambassador Bill Taylor’s testimony suggesting that Trump was more involved with pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden than he had previously claimed. US Centre Director, Professor Peter Trubowitz writes that as these hearings continue, Trump’s approval ratings will be […]

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    Michael Bloomberg is eyeing the White House: Here are the strengths – and weaknesses – of his candidacy.

Michael Bloomberg is eyeing the White House: Here are the strengths – and weaknesses – of his candidacy.

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Michael Bloomberg has enjoyed a storied career in business, politics, and philanthropy. Will he soon call the White House home? Amid an already jam-packed field of Democratic presidential candidates, the billionaire businessman and former New York City mayor has indicated that he’s considering a run for the nation’s highest office. Thomas Gift discusses the strengths and weaknesses of a […]

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    The world’s most overrated general, Donald Trump’s insults, and why contempt matters in politics

The world’s most overrated general, Donald Trump’s insults, and why contempt matters in politics

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While President Trump appears to have popularized its use, the deploying of contempt against political opponents is nothing new, write Kyle Mattes, David P. Redlawsk, and Ira J. Roseman. In new research, they find that contempt played a major role in two 2014 midterm Senate elections, with voters both perceiving it from campaign messaging, and being less likely to […]

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