President Obama’s State of the Union address set out some ambitious progressive reforms, while the Republicans scatter and filibuster as they work out which battles to fight. Crikey takes the political pulse of the US.
In naming an election date eight months out, Julia Gillard’s inner circle are establishing the first US-style election campaign in Australia’s history. Tony Abbott will be cast similarly to Mitt Romney.
Having that hard, white stuff in your mouth fixed up at a reasonable cost should not be such a pipe dream — the Brits do it at low cost. It’s unacceptable that dentistry is so unaffordable in Australia.
The danger with the anti-discrimination law reform is that it is so particular, baroquely crafted and precise in what it attempts to police, that its operation would not be loud and upfront. Quiet and subtle doesn’t get it done.
The Costa Concordia ran aground, Julia Gillard took a tumble, Whitney Houston died, Pussy Riot was jailed, Julian Assange locked himself up … but it wasn’t all bad news. Crikey’s writer-at-large on the year that was (almost).
The “fiscal cliff” is dominating political news in the United States, where come January 1, tax rises and spending cuts will kick in under the current deal, unless Obama and the House can negotiate a better one.
The massacre of young children in Newtown was so nihilistic and meaningless that it has exposed the empty rhetoric and false illusions of the US gun lobby. From Connecticut, our writer-at-large braces for a long fight.