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Rundle: Hillary promises all-female Democrat team will uphold the US empire

Hillary Rodham Clinton appeals to working and middle-class values at a Democrat event in the US bellwether state of New Hampshire.

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Rundle: Democrats to lose the Senate, but Hillary’s waiting in the wings

The United States midterm elections are nearing, and it looks like it’s going to be war between Congress and the White House for the next two years. But that might be just fine with Hillary.

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Rundle: in Iowa, America’s heartland and one of its only real contests

One of the most interesting contests of the mid-terms is happening out on the prairie.

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Climate change, immigration, guns: Obama’s liberalism shot

President Obama has signalled a willingness to pursue an ambitious agenda in his second term. New York-base political consultant Ben Winsor reckons the landscape may be changing enough for him to achieve.

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Why it has to be Hillary (but it shouldn’t be)

The prospect of Hillary Clinton running for US president in 2016 is delicious to many Democrats. Which isn’t to say it’s the best idea for a post-Barack Obama era.

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The final countdown: Obama’s win predictable but polarised

American electoral behaviour is becoming more predictable and more polarised. The final tallies for voting in the US election show Barack Obama didn’t win by all that much.

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How could they all get it so wrong?

Republican-leaning pundits predicted the US election result more on hope more than common sense. Now there’s egg all over their faces as Democrats celebrate.

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Talkin’ about a revolution the GOP won’t get

It wasn’t just Barack Obama’s victory that had liberals salivating yesterday. Democrats have built a platform to win more of the electorate, says Crikey’s man in America.

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Further right would be wrong for US Republicans

Republicans have to learn from this loss, writes David Smith of Sydney University’s United States Studies Centre. Moving even further right would only alienate more American voters.

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Obama gets a bump as talkshow Mitt looks a chump

Five days after the close of the Democratic National Convention, it’s now clear that Barack Obama has gained the much-talked about bump in his polling, writes Guy Rundle from New York.

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A great speech, but Obama can’t beat Obama

Everyone who was there will say Barack Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention was the greatest. Tomorrow it will feel like a good speech, maybe even a very good one — but not transcendental like 2008.

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As Obama takes the stage Dems reckon they’ve won

With the Democratic Convention wrapping up, and the Republican Convention little more than a memory of a memory, there is every indication that both parties believe one thing — that Barack Obama has already won.

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Breathing fire, and that’s before Bubba Elvis is on

Well, NUBO — never underestimate Barack Obama — may be a thing, and largely my own, but the Democrats remain the party that can snatch defeat from the esophagus of victory.

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Rundle: the night Michelle Obama buried Ann Romney (and the GOP)

She came, she saw, she conquered. Michelle Obama already had the faithful eating out of her hand, but tonight at the Democratic National Convention she buried Ann Romney — and the rest of the GOP.

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Rundle: Democrats raw and real in taking the fight to the Right

The energy in the Time Warner Cable Arena is phenomenal, beyond anything the RNC summoned up for any speaker in three days in Florida. Crikey warms up with the Democrats.

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Rundle: ‘truthiness’ grows like topsy in the Republican camp

On the fourth floor of the Packard Place Building, the alternative media centre is kicking into life. Crikey gears up for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

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Rundle: the empty city that may give Obama a leg-up

The vibe’s different here in Charlotte, from Tampa.

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Obama: ‘same-sex couples should be able to get married’

Crikey media wrap: Barack Obama became the first US president to announce their support of gay marriage overnight, a tumultuous issue made even more politically powerful by a presidential election this year.

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A resolution to the US debt crisis that nobody likes

US financial markets lifted today, possibly as it digested the new plan by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell to prevent the US from defaulting by handing over Congress’s debt ceiling power to the White House. It’s a plan B at best.

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Inside the Democrats’ Supreme Court war room

Obama named his pick for new Supreme Court justice yesterday, and the White House immediately went into battle mode. Sam Stein has a great insight into the Democrats’ “war room”, fighting off conservative attacks on all fronts .

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What dating site stats reveal about political ideology

Online dating service OkCupid.com’s resident numbers nerd digs into its detailed user data to reveal some fascinating insights into patterns in American political beliefs and demographics.

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Sarah Palin’s most wanted

Sarah Palin has written up a hit list of 20 Democrats who voted for “Obamacare” that she wants her supporters to target in the November elections. She’s also asking them to donate $5 per scalp (i.e. a nice way of asking for $100).

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Why do the poor vote against themselves?

Why would poor, un-insured Americans vote against the Democrats when health care reform seems so obviously in their own interests? Political scientist David Runciman explains.

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Wall Street Journal | BOOKS|

Highlights from the John Edwards tell-all

The WSJ drips a few tasty tidbits from the forthcoming tell-all book by a former staffer to 2004 US Democratic VP nominee John Edwards, including allegations of a sex tape and calling his mistress a “crazy sl-t” when she got pregnant.

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Why the Massachusetts Democrats are Browned off

Comparing the shock results of yesterday’s Massachusetts election with the votes received by Obama and McCain in the 2008 Presidential election tells an interesting little story.

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