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Congress raised the cap on how much an individual can donate to political parties in its spending bill that just passed last week, giving wealthy Americans a greater voice in elections. Shutterstock

Lawmakers show indifference to Americans' needs by gutting campaign finance caps

The political system’s indifference to the needs of the American people could not have been made clearer in recent days. At a time when economic inequality is increasing and the US racial divide is ever…
Comedian Stephen Colbert at the 2010 Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. Reuters

Satire might not sway votes, but that isn’t the point

John Oliver’s new program Last Week Tonight is the most recent addition to the parody news genre. Like its predecessors, the show frequently mocks American politics; for example, an attention-grabbing…
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? 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…

Electoral influence is all in the timing

The closer the election the more the views of individuals become influential, a study has found. Research showed when people…
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…
Gore Vidal will be remembered as one of the great English language essayists of the 20th century. Mark Coggins

Reflections on the life and work of Gore Vidal

American author and essayist Gore Vidal died at his home on Tuesday from complications of pneumonia. The 86 year old was…

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