Topic archives: US politics

Rundle: don’t let the ‘madman’ fool you — the US’ foreign policy shift is calculated

January 30, 2018 13

An obsession with Trump is blinding us to what's really going on: one of the most important historical shifts of recent decades.

Greenwald: Trump black hole distorts the politics that surround him

August 22, 2017 6

Helen Razer continues her discussion with Glenn Greenwald, explicating how Trump's excessive personality distracts from the political framework that props him up.

Rundle: Bannon’s exit leaves power and ideas vacuum in Trump’s White House

August 21, 2017 23

Steve Bannon's departure marks the end of considered policy making in the White House, however nefarious. The directionless remains could be a threat not for what they can get done but for the political void they create.

We can be a friend to the US, but we should no longer be an ally

August 15, 2017 7

ANZUS is meant to protect us, not be the lightning rod to a nuclear war waged by two egomaniacs, writes Ramesh Thakur, professor in The Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

Rundle: President Trump really happened, now for right-wing infighting

January 23, 2017 22

Trump's fantasy laid out in inauguration speech, now to see what he can actually achieve.

Even at their victory parade, Trump’s supporters cry ‘conspiracy’

January 23, 2017 6

Trump's supporters are in DC to enjoy their victory, but they still feel hard done by, writes freelance journalist in the US Max Chalmers.

Rundle: high on Jesus in a failed Las Vegas dream

February 26, 2016 11

There is no bar, but there is iced tea. And that might be all you need with wacky Ben Carson.

Rundle: kvetching Democrats don’t know how good they have it

Rundle: kvetching Democrats don’t know how good they have it

November 14, 2014 10

The Left is nothing if not self-defeating, but US Democrats have a lot to be proud of.

Poll Bludger: Aussie public takes Left turn as US voters polarise

Poll Bludger: Aussie public takes Left turn as US voters polarise

November 12, 2014 19

American voters have been pulling steadily away from the centre over the past ten years, but Australia has moved solidly Left.

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

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

November 5, 2014 4

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

Follow Friday: @uncutcg, occupying the electoral process

Follow Friday: @uncutcg, occupying the electoral process

May 23, 2014 1

Carl Gibson wants to turn radical street politics into real power in Washington. He talks to Crikey about his new party, the long road to recognition and the power of Twitter.

A bridge too far? ‘America’s governor’ may have flattened prez hopes

A bridge too far? ‘America’s governor’ may have flattened prez hopes

January 10, 2014 6

Has Chris Christie blown it? The Next Republican President of the United States has been hit by humiliating political scandal and a nagging sense he's simply not fit for the White House.

At home with the Cheneys: Liz quits, Mary seethes, Dick mediates

At home with the Cheneys: Liz quits, Mary seethes, Dick mediates

January 7, 2014 6

Liz Cheney has quit her bid for the US Congress, leaving a gay sister still seething and her former vice-presidential father trying to heal rifts within the Republican Party.

Will the DREAM of US immigration reform become reality in 2014?

Will the DREAM of US immigration reform become reality in 2014?

January 6, 2014

Optimism is growing that immigration reform is a real possibility in 2014, reports Inside Story's Peter Mares from New York. But getting laws through Congress will only be the first challenge.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 21, 2013 5

In a country with a long history of bushfires it takes more that a statement by a politician to convince most people that a weather event is definitely part of a climate one.

In the game of chicken, we have a winner

In the game of chicken, we have a winner

October 18, 2013 10

Conceding "there are no winners" in the debt ceiling standoff was just modesty from US President Barack Obama. The Republicans lost this one. Big time.

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

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

October 1, 2013 12

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.

Book review: <em>Dollarocracy</em> — how money runs US democracy

Book review: Dollarocracy — how money runs US democracy

August 20, 2013

It's no secret that big business plays a role in governance, but Dollarocracy shows just how deep those ties run, writes James Rose.

Berg strains his Tea on US Republican Right

Berg strains his Tea on US Republican Right

March 13, 2013 3

The US Tea Party isn't that hard to understand -- the libertarian streak is tiny and they're an uneasy fit in the Republican Party. Chris Berg doesn't seem to understand.

The Union is fine, the Republicans not so much

The Union is fine, the Republicans not so much

February 15, 2013 5

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.