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2014 U.S. midterm elections marked by widespread voter disenfranchisement

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There is a database housed in Arkansas with the names of American citizens in it ... that is, if they live in one of the 28 states participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. It's one of the growing components of an aggressive drive across the U.S. by Republicans to stop many Americans from voting.

Early voting has already begun in many states in the 2014 U.S. midterm elections. Control of the U.S. Senate hangs in the balance, as do many crucial governorships, congressional races and ballot initiatives. One question looming over this election is just how significant will be the impact of the wholesale, organized disenfranchisement of eligible voters.


Democratic hegemony in the United States?

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Did we slay the old king? Have the Democrats consolidated political hegemony in the United States? In a recent essay, "Homeland" (New Left Review May-June 2013), Perry Anderson lays out the key economic, social, cultural and political determinants of American politics. The most interesting part of the article lies in the information and implications it provides in relation to the potential construction of a new Democratic era.


U.S. election results no surprise

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Well, the election circus down south is over. Some people are happy, some are really frothing at the mouth, and most are glad that it is over. As some commentators have declared, it was a case of choosing the least vile option that decided the outcome. And, as others have pointed out, it is also a case of the banks and big business retaining control given that both of the candidates were in their pocket.


How the Occupy movement led the way to Obama's re-election

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Obama couldn't have done it without Romney. But he couldn't have done it without Occupy Wall Street, either. In fact he needed Occupy Wall Street first, in order to make full, effective use of Romney. Here's what I mean.


The decline of American democracy

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Two days ago, the world watched the duel between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Who will win, people asked themselves? The "black Muslim Socialist," as Obama was often decried by his adversaries, or the "white Mormon capitalist," as Romney was often depicted by his detractors? Black vs. white? Modest origins vs. rich upbringing? Democrats vs. Republicans? Intellectual vs. popular education? Regardless of which side we were supporting, the two men represented the divide of a worn-out American society. They became, willingly or unwillingly, icons of their respective camps.


After the U.S. election: Remembering the role of social movements in democracy

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The election is over, and President Barack Obama will continue as the 44th president of the United States. There will be much attention paid by the pundit class to the mechanics of the campaigns, to the techniques of microtargeting potential voters, the effectiveness of get-out-the-vote efforts. The media analysts will fill the hours on the cable news networks, proffering post-election chestnuts about the accuracy of polls, or about either candidate's success with one demographic or another. Missed by the mainstream media, but churning at the heart of our democracy, are social movements, movements without which President Obama would not have been re-elected.

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| November 5, 2012

Reviewing President Obama's achievements ahead of the U.S. elections

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The U.S. presidential election will take place on November 6. Despite all of the statistics from at least eight different daily tracking polls, no one can say for certain whether Barack Obama will retain his presidency. The two consistent messages that we have heard are first, "the President has a slim lead in the polls" and second, that Romney "is gaining momentum." The reason for this apparent contradiction is that while the President does have a lead in the polls his support is soft.

Paul Ryan VP candidate and Canadian Corporate Tax

Okay, so the other papers now have had ample time to comment on this issue but still yet no word from Rabble.ca. Perhaps its a trivial matter, but then on the other hand is is big time stuff like the elections taking place within the global hegemonic power, the United States, and if Canada gets mentioned it would be good to properly understand that idea.

In the Vice Presidential Debate Ryan had with Biden, Ryan made mention of Canada having a lower corporate tax than America, and I'm surprised that Rabble has yet to say a word on the matter and we are onto 4 days later. As an aside, I just want to say that this is the problem I have with Rabble, it is very inconsistent and leaves out a lot of coverage of daily developing news it seems.

Here's the Globe and Mail:


Barack Obama's lack of conviction in Wednesday's debate

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What an odd moment Barack Obama's collapse in Wednesday's TV debate was, much like Robert Redford's in The Candidate. We all have go-to cultural images and that's one of mine. In the 1972 film, Redford starts as an idealistic candidate who learns to make all the right, unprincipled moves but loses the script at a crucial point: the big TV debate, and blurts out some things he really believes.

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