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Keep wearing that suit. Keep wearing that suit. EPA/Michael Reynolds

Dear President Obama, I hope you roll out the tan suit again

A Twitterstorm about Barack Obama’s tan suit can hardly have been what the president was expecting as he spoke at a press conference about foreign policy issues ranging from the IS insurgency in Iraq…
Empty-headed? Not even close. Empty-headed? Not even close. Gage Skidmore

Michele Bachmann defies her caricature at the Oxford Union

On March 14, in an address to the Oxford Union supposedly about “innovation”, Republican Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann talked about her 2012 presidential run, and went so far as to hint she might consider…
Do lawn signs like these have any effect on prospective voters? Do lawn signs like these have any effect on prospective voters? Flickr/Animantis

My yard, my candidate: the social psychology of lawn signs

As the November elections draw nearer, front yards across America are sprouting campaigns signs broadcasting their chosen political candidates. These lawn signs have been a traditional part of politics…
Sheriff John Edwards addresses the Sikh community in Oak Creek in the wake of the shooting. Sheriff John Edwards addresses the Sikh community in Oak Creek in the wake of the shooting. AAP/Kamil Krzaczynski

Guns, Sikhs and Obama’s political inertia on domestic terror

Immediately after the Oak Creek massacre, many suspected the killings were a continuation of the post-9/11 wave of attacks on Sikhs who were mistaken for Muslims because of their turbans and beards. The…
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow proudly affirms his Christian faith during NFL games. Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow proudly affirms his Christian faith during NFL games. AAP/Smith

One quarterback under God: what Tim Tebow taught an Australian about America

Just as acquiring a perfunctory understanding of the AFL is inevitable in southern Australia, living in New England Patriots' heartland has forced me to pay a little attention to America’s NFL. Despite…
Barack Obama’s life may be fascinating, but he isn’t as powerful as we think. Barack Obama’s life may be fascinating, but he isn’t as powerful as we think. AFP/Saul Loeb

The power of personality - why we all follow the soap opera of American politics

Sarah Palin’s voice, both in sound and content, still has the power to stop me dead in my tracks with fear and bewilderment. Her game of will she/won’t she run for the US Presidency has ended, but not…

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