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Rundle goes deep undercover at the new coalface of American politics

American liberals don’t wage their wars in big, flashy TV ads anymore. The real work is quiet and steady. And Crikey’s writer-at-large can collate with the best of them.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: Abbott more goose than maverick

The federal government is telling everyone the newest budget is going to bring a lot of pain. It might not be as bad as you think — and that’s a smart strategy. Plus rape in the media and Tony’s new toys …

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: cancel Xmas … #PiersvPeppa … TA smackdown …

In a week with another school shooting, the American gun lobby is turning its sights on Australia. Plus: smacking children, cancelling Christmas and farewelling Peter O’Toole.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The Labor brand seems to be in decline across the country, and other political stories of the day.

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White teeth: should Australia take UK as a model?

Crikey readers weigh in on the issues of the day.

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Gun stats in the firing line

Crikey readers have their say on the biggest stories of the week.

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Crikey says: a voice to propel US gun control

Peta Credlin is back in print today — Liberal plot or media scoop? Our cops are getting fat on Big Macs, with big discounts. Rundle on the Republicans’ latest plan to fix US debt. Why Lord Monckton is heading back to Australia. And the media axe swings in overseas bureaux.

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Wayne LaPierre and the disgusting rationale of the NRA

Exactly a week after the Sandy Hook massacre, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre held a bizarre ‘news conference’ in which he acted disgracefully and unforgivably, writes Bob Gosford.

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Labor MP letter to US politicians: enact our gun laws

As the number of guns in Australia reduced, so too did gun violence. Labor MP Kelvin Thomson implores the US Congress and Senate to look to our experience.

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Gun control might work, but US needs to temper paranoia and rage

The school shootings in Connecticut have revived a stalled debate on gun control. But history is against any meaningful action to limit gun ownership.

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In Connecticut, it’s too calm and too practised

The meditative reflection on display after the Newtown massacre seems too polished and well-practised. It’s a particular condition of a more general process — fatalism encroaching on daily life.

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Guns’n'gold on the up as Right takes fright from Obama

The Right in the US is reaching for guns and gold in reaction to the presidential election. Barack Obama’s re-election has seen guns and gold sales hit record prices. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Obama re-election just the shot for the US economy

Ah, it’s a presidential election in the offing and a man’s (or woman’s) fancy turns not to spring, love and all that, but to their guns and whether they should have one, or whether they have enough.

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The USA is actually less violent now

The United States is a less violent nation today than it has been for 40 years.

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Where does Obama stand on gun control?

Barack Obama’s approach to the gun control debate deliberately seeks to draw fire from both sides. His suggestion of a consensus strategy may actually prove successful on some fronts, writes Dennis A. Henigan.

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Switzerland turns down gun control

America will have to confront some of its own demons before its citizens will lessen their devotion to their guns.

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Tips and rumours

Are the ALP forlorn in Drummoyne? In a sign of the Liberal Party’s confidence and campaigning resources, John Sidoti, the Liberal Party’s candidate for the NSW seat of Drummoyne in Sydney’s inner-west, recently distributed a glossy, neatly folded, colour A3 campaign pamphlet… This is the third mass mail out by Sidoti. He has previously distributed […]

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Pay attention to the trend

A salutary reminder to pundits like me to pay attention to the trend figures produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for things like the employment and unemployment numbers.

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Keith Olbermann on gun rhetoric in America

Responding to the weekend shooting in Tuscon, Arizona, American political commentator Keith Olbermann gives an impassioned speech about gun rhetoric, calling for an apology from all those who intentionally or otherwise have used violence inciting language for sloganeering and sound bytes.

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Abortion makes way for guns in Supreme Court shootout

One of the most violent countries in the first world — with almost as many guns as people — has taken another step away from gun control. Harley Dennett reports from Washington DC on the Supreme Court decision.

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America’s big bullet shortage

America’s bullet-makers are working round the clock to feed gun nuts’ appetite for ammunition, but they just can’t keep up with the increased demand since Obama took office. Wonderful.

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Is the US growing another Timothy McVeigh?

Right wing militia groups, like those responsible for Waco and the Oklahoma bombings, are growing in the US. With increasing public discontent at the government, the rise is even more alarming.

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The SMH drops out of London

Regarding Monday’s commentary on The Sydney Morning Herald’s rapidly dwindling world coverage, it’s worth noting the reduced SMH presence in London in the past few weeks, says one Crikey tipster.

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Gun nuts, climate sceptics and Republicans

The GOP is a party disappearing up its own fundamentalism, writes Clive Hamilton.

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Lacey brothers jailed for shooting: now the post mortem

The Lacey affair has placed Queensland’s criminal justice system under a considerable strain. But somehow the Courier-Mail has taken only a passing interest.

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