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Have the American’s finally had enough of pork

As the sequestration looms Americans seem to have finally had enough of ‘pork barrel’ politics as this article about a protest involing a giant inflatible pig suggests…   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2013/02/27/cut-the-pork-but-hold-the-sequestration-protesters-say/ Advertisements

Leader of the House

An excellent piece from the New Yorker on the role of the House Majority Leader. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/03/04/130304fa_fact_lizza

The Power to Persuade

The growth of Presidential power in recent decades has consistantly been linked to the ability of the President to ‘persuade’ voters from the bully pulpit a phenomenon linked to the growth of first radio and then TV. This article in the New Yorker suggests that the bully pulpit might be more limited than some commentators … Continue reading

Obama’s New Cabinet: Women and Ethnic Minorities

The failure of Obama to nominate ethnic minority candidates to Cabinet vacancies has already been lampooned on the Daily Show. http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-january-14-2013/zero-dark-appointees   But on a more serious note it looks as though Obama will struggle to reach the levels of minority representation he achieved with his previous cabinet. On a positive note his cabinet looks likely … Continue reading

Scottish Blueprint for Independence

The SNP have published a blue print for Scottish Independence in the event of a ‘Yes’ vote in 2014. Key aspects of the document include: – Codification of the Scottish constitution, the blueprint refers extensively to the USA as a source of inspiration. – The Scots intend to include greater protection for (entrenched) individual rights. … Continue reading