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A tale of two Bills: sipping cider with New York’s new mayor

New York City has a new mayor. Bill de Blasio was sworn in last week by Bill Clinton in a ceremony that covered issues of race and poverty, backed by an excellent soundtrack. Amber Jamieson reports from Manhattan.

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When the clock strikes 12, US will bring down the world economy

Nobody is blinking in Washington, with Republicans hostage to the Tea Party and Democrats refusing to budge. A shutdown of the US government is now likely, writes reporter Andrew Murfett stateside.

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Republicans battle between moderates and Tea Partiers

Crikey readers weigh in.

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Obama’s healthcare act hinges on a glass of water

The conservatives are feeling more confident about the Supreme Court challenge to Obama’s health care act after three days of argument, given the ferocious questioning to which the government’s representative was subject.

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Indefinite detention formalised in US — and the world is a war

A new bill in Washington formalises the power of the US military to abuct and imprison anyone, anywhere in the world.

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What game theory says about Labor’s woes

Faced with their opponents abandoning sound policy, what should Labor do? Maybe do the same, says one theory.

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Did Google strike a deal with Obama?

Google have denied that the Democrats have been granted special access to a new advertising initiative despite claims of the contrary made by a company sales representative, reports Byron Tau and Ben Smith.

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Huffington: It all came down to jobs and the economy

Now that the US midterm elections are over, the postmortems begin. There will be innumerable different opinions about what went wrong for the Democrats but it all boils down to one truth: they took a beating because of jobs and the economy, writes Arianna Huffington.

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Crikey says: how much trouble is Barack Obama in?

Fifty states, several territories, 35 Senate races, 435 House of Representatives Congress seats, 39 governorships, and innumerable state positions from judge to dog catcher to be voted on: it all comes down to today…

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Keane essay: why Labor can’t communicate

Labor shares a basic problem with the Democrats - an apparent inability to resist the self-serving narratives of their opponents

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The Sydney Morning Herald | LINKS|

The triumph of anger over facts

Anger is the most powerful political motivation and the reason why the GOP will trump the Democrats at this year’s US midterms. Americans are experiencing hard times and they’ll have no qualms about blaming the current administration, writes Peter Hartcher.

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Rundle’s mid-terms: meet the Vanilla Ice of Republican politics

Had the Republicans been going into this election solo, their chances of regaining the House would be slim indeed, but Fox News, the Tea Party, and, let’s face it, the Democrats have saved their asses, writes Guy Rundle in Columbus, Ohio.

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The Daily Beast | LINKS|

Republicans set to win the battle but risk losing the war

Democrats are praying for an 11th hour miracle to save them at the US midterms, but everybody knows the Republicans will win big. However, if the Republicans carry out the Tea Party mandate they risk losing a much more important contest: the long-term battle for public support, writes Peter Beinart.

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Democrats’ shot at maintaining majority not looking rosy

The Democrats are facing serious losses this November due to a failing US economy and the limited policy success of the Obama Administration.

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NY Times Business | LINKS|

The Arizona homeless candidates controversy

Arizona is a state known for its hardball political environment, but tactics may have plummeted to new lows with allegations that a Republican has recruited homeless people to run for public office simply to stymie Democrat support. Candidates include a tarot card reader who is running for treasurer.

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NY Times Business | LINKS|

Democrats in disaster management mode

With the November senate elections fast approaching, the Democrats are preparing to redirect their resources to embolden their strongest incumbents with the overall hope of winning a slim majority, writes Jeff Zeleny and Carl Hulse.

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Crikey Wrap: why the US climate-change Bill failed

Climate change has been firmly on the agenda in the United States this week following the failure of the Democrats to pass their climate change legislation through the Senate.

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Washington Post | LINKS|

US Democrats take on climate change, Rudd style

The ALP aren’t the only elected political party who can talk up climate change then spectacularly fail to deliver. Lacking widespread support, the Democrats have swapped a comprehensive energy bill for a much milder alternative.

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Wall Street Journal | LINKS|

Can Republicans take control of the senate?

Just two years after the Democrats held a commanding 60 seat majority, party members now concede that the Republicans have a shot at winning back the senate during this year’s elections.

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Politico | TV & RADIO|

It’s tough being a Democrat on Fox

Politico meets the token Democrats who appear on Fox News. “It sucks,” says one. So why do they do it? People watch Fox — and for these true believers, some of their souls can still be won.

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How the papers deal with Newspoll figures they don’t like

The Oz and Fairfax mangle the polls for Labor and Liberals, while somewhere on the internets, the Australian Democrat corpse is attempting to rise from it’s grave.

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Deep problems for the Republicans in Congress

There are only 30 equally safe Republican seats, and 22 of those are in the south, reports Charles Richardson.

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Rundle08: The Dems’ need for catharsis? Oh God…

Never underestimate the ability of the Democrats to remove the as yet undigested remains of defeat from the sifted faeces of victory, writes Guy Rundle.

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An attack on Mayne’s Democrats revisionism

Crikey didn’t kill the Democrats, writes Andrew Le Clercq. It was merely a loud eager-beaver Greek chorus thingy on the sidelines.

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Stephen Mayne: How we killed the Democrats

Crikey wrote the obit for the Democrats before the last election. Stephen Mayne rakes over the coals of Crikey’s reportage on the demise of Don Chipp’s dream.

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