Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald in The Good Fight.
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There are few politicians in The Good Fight, but it remains the most interesting American political series of the past few years.
In the early 1960s, Barry Goldwater, a Republican U.S. senator from Arizona, called for the GOP to adopt racist principles.
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For much of the country’s history, the Republican Party was the party of Lincoln and racial equality, and the Democratic Party backed Jim Crow laws and white supremacy. The two parties switched.
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A recent court decision and another case in the pipeline could overturn Roe v. Wade and make abortion illegal in the US.
African Americans were used as slave labour in California and other western US territories during the 1850s.
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If you thought slavery in the US was confined to southern states, think again.
An editorial cartoon from 1900 shows the Populist Party swallowing the Democratic Party.
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The most successful third parties in US politics don’t typically rise to dominance, but instead challenge the major parties enough to force a course correction.
Recent polls have shown a disparity between men and women’s support for the prime minister in the wake of horrendous stories about the treatment of women. How can the data help us understand that?
Donald Trump: social media was one of the former president’s main platforms.
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When social media platforms banned Donald Trump they acknowledged that sometimes social good is more important than shareholder profits.
Joe Biden is just the latest in a long line of US presidents to trace their ancestry back to the Emerald Isle.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, launches a filibuster in 2016.
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The US system was designed with more checks and balances than many other successful democracies – the filibuster’s main function is to give undue power to a vocal minority.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren argues that her plan is constitutional.
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Economists estimate the tax on households worth over $50 million could bring in $3 trillion over 10 years, but it will run into constitutional challenges.
Seat of power: the US Capitol, where the impeachment trial of former US president Donald Trump is taking place.
The rules of impeachment in the US Constitution are vague, but here’s how the trial of Donald Trump in the US Senate will work.
Is ‘expressing regrets’ the equivalent of sticking air quotes around apologies?
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US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia may have expressed regrets over controversial comments and social media postings. But not to the public, and not in a way that would mitigate harm.
Georgia’s recent election of three Democrats for national office – one Jewish, one Black and one Catholic – upended over a century of politics openly hostile to minorities.
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Georgia once had ‘the South’s most racist governor,’ a man endorsed by the KKK. Now its senators are a Black pastor and a Jewish son of immigrants. A scholar of minority voters explains what happened.
Then and now: how the outside world has watched American politics over the past four years.
President Biden call say it all he likes, but it’s going to take more than upbeat messages to heal the deep divides in American society.
Joe Biden has cast his campaign to “restore the soul of America” as an antidote to the turmoil of the Trump presidency.
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Joe Biden has said he wants to create a cabinet that “looks like America.” But getting racialized people into powerful positions should be a means to tackle structural inequalities, not a goal in and of itself.
Strange days: there are likely to be more police and military around the inauguration than spectators.
New data shows how unhappy and polarised America has become – due largely to COVID-19.
U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, shown during her weekly press conference Jan. 7, was a particular target of some of the Capitol insurrectionists.
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With obscenities and violence, rioters at the Capitol left an obvious message: angry contempt for women.
A video screen displays Donald Trump’s face as he prepares to address a crowd of his supporters.
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Words have consequences. And decades of research supports the contention that Donald Trump’s words could in fact incite people to mount an insurrection at the US Capitol.
Arrested: the far-right ‘Nordic Shaman’ has been identified as QAnon follower Jake Angeli.
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What did all those weird tattoos mean?
Removing Trump from office in nine days is virtually impossible. Congress can impeach now and try him later, but this could distract from President-elect Joe Biden’s all-important first 100 days.