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Articles by Harley Dennett

Black is back as evangelical Republicans rally

As Barack Obama mobilises his re-election campaign, the Republican base is for the first time excited about a black man running for president — former fast food chain executive Herman Cain, that is. Crikey was at the Faith and Freedom Coalition in DC.

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Huckabee Fox off with ‘no ticker’, so who’ll kick-start GOP cause?

Would the real Republican candidates for president please stand up? The field of conservatives willing to challenge has gone from almost nobody to anybody with a book or TV show to sell.

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America wrestles its conscience post-bin Laden

Hillary Clinton stood shoulder to shoulder with Kevin Rudd earlier today in Washington, two life-long opponents of the death penalty, praising the extra-judicial killing of an unarmed man. But it changes everything when it’s Osama bin Laden.

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Donald Trump’s pimpin’ new role in wingnut history

Donald Trump’s pitch for the Republican US presidential nomination has been compared to recent media sideshows like Charlie Sheen and Rebecca Black. The better comparison is California’s 2003 recall election that became worldwide entertainment.

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US govt shutdown: public servants race to join ‘essential’ list

US government workers face the ultimate performance appraisal next week as America finds out what life would be like without them.

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Gillard’s travelling circus: $10k to report from the wrong side of the velvet rope

There are many dozen staff, journalists and crew who are quite thankful the massive operation that is a prime ministerial trip to America is just about over. It’s an expensive and exhausting experience.

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A schmaltzy speech for Australians, but Gillard wows DC

Julia Gillard’s packed tour of Washington establishment this week included several speeches that won’t make a lot of sense to Australians. The prime minister’s address to the US Congress was an affair of high importance to the Americans, with a ceremonial escort consisting of no less than all four leaders of the chambers and nearly […]

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Obama’s surprise gay marriage pledge: let the courts decide

The Obama administration has reversed a long-held position that it must defend America’s federal ban on same-sex marriage from challenges in the courts.

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Some of us knew Campbell was gay — and chose not to report

If you’re going to out an irrelevant but embarrassing secret of a public figure, you’d better make sure they react badly. That seems to be ACMA’s logic in clearing Channel Seven of breaching standards when it outed NSW MP David Campbell.

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In Congress, Americans debate patriotism and enforcement

A showdown in the US House of Representatives over extending the controversial Patriot Act fell narrowly to civil libertarians today, foreshadowing a larger fight over a permanent extension. Perhaps for the first time since September 11, Americans are questioning the need for heightened security, says Harley Dennett.

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Pentagon red faced over WikiLeaks suspect

The US Department of Defence suffered another damaging leak this week when NBC learnt the government’s chief suspect in the WikiLeaks case could not be tied to Julian Assange by its own investigation, writes Harley Dennett, in Washington DC.

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State of the Union preview: Obama’s tightrope

In two days US President Barack Obama will lay out his new centrist agenda of leaner government and long-term job growth as he delivers his second official State of the Union address, writes Harley Dennett in Washington DC.

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‘Blood libel’: Palin goes on the offensive

When Sarah Palin went on the offensive, her choice of words sparked a new chapter in the already incendiary debate, accusing her critics, particularly in the media, of “blood libel”, writes Harley Dennett in Washington.

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Greg will phone his boyfriend, now Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is dead

President Barack Obama sighed as he put a stroke through one of America’s most talked-about civil rights debates of the past decade: “We are done.” Now Greg can call his boyfriend from training camp, writes Harley Dennett in Washington DC.

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Immigration stalled, but it remains an American DREAM

Many Americans would love to have the free flowing and, for the most part, respectful engagement Australia enjoys on immigration, writes Harley Dennett from Washington DC. Amid bitter recriminations, Barack Obama now wants another stab at reform.

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Policy change, but cloud still hangs over gay US soldiers

US Senator John McCain, once a centrist “maverick” before his presidential run, went apoplectic in the minutes leading up to congress’s historic vote to overturn Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, writes Harley Dennett in Washington DC.

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Tea Party has 40 year plan, but will they last that long?

The Tea Party movement was jubilant over its impact on the US mid-term elections, with some 40 candidates on their way to Washington. Harley Dennett joined the Tea Party Patriots in DC and found the movement has long-term thinking but splintered support.

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Don’t ask: Obama claws defeat after major gay rights win

The 17-year battle to allow openly gay and lesbian people to serve in the US military was, for a few days this week, an accepted relic like the battles to desegregate schools or give women the vote. But there’s a spanner in the works, writes Harley Dennett from Washington.

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Columbus, Ohio: the Obamas’ first foray on the campaign front-line

The mid-way stop on Barack Obama’s campaign to save the Democrats from electoral obliteration has taken him to Columbus, Ohio, a bellwether state he won two years ago but looks set to vote firmly Republican on November 2. Harley Dennett reports the Obama magic is still strong.

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As Obama remains neutral on gay issues, the kids turn off

American is holding its wear purple day next week, called Spirit Day, with almost a million “attending” on its Facebook page, writes Harley Dennett in Washington.

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The internet filter coming to the US — with barely any dissent

A deadlocked US Congress will do what the Australian Labor Party cannot — pass a mandatory ISP-based Internet filter by the end of the year. And the most remarkable thing is almost nobody dissents, writes Harley Dennett.

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Howard attacks multi-culturalism, apologises for nothing

Former prime minister John Howard has dumped on “multi-cultural” continental Europe, “irrelevant” UN veto nations and the Islamic world while lauding the moral superiority of the English speakers in a speech in Washington. Harley Dennett reports from Washington.

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The 777-day election countdown is on … coming to a state near you

Today, 777 days ahead of the poll that will decide the next US president, Republican Fred Karger launched the first television advertisement of the 2012 campaign. And NSW wants the same sort of process, asks Harley Dennett from Washington DC?

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Let them serve: Defence drops ban on transgender soldiers

Chief of the Defence Force Angus Houston issued an instruction Monday revoking the policy that effectively banned transgender service members. The ADF is believed to be the last government agency that specifically fired employees for transitioning gender, writes Harley Dennett.

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Judge tells it straight: gay marriage bans have ‘no rational basis’

US federal judge Vaughn Walker has struck down the gay marriage ban in California, effectively ruling that denying homosexuals the right to marry is unconstitutional. Meanwhile in Australia, support for same-sex marriage only grows, writes Harley Dennett.

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