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After Louisiana floods, U.S. accelerates climate change with offshore drilling

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The tide is turning on U.S. voter suppression, but time is running out

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The Voting Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on Aug. 6, 1965, helped enfranchise millions of African-Americans over the decades. Speaking before a bipartisan gathering of members of Congress, his Cabinet, civil-rights leaders and the press, Johnson said of African-Americans: "They came in darkness and they came in chains. And today we strike away the last major shackle of those fierce and ancient bonds."

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Aversion to Hillary is part of a self-perpetuating cycle

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So why do they all hate Hillary? I'd like to opine on this week's pervasive puzzler, raised here and elsewhere. To begin, I don't think it's because she's a woman. There are too many strong-minded women in public life to make that plausible. If you say, "Yes, but not in the U.S.," I'd reply that Hillary evokes all-encompassing hostility far more widely, and offer myself as an example.

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| July 29, 2016
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Bernie Sanders' insurgent populism has shaken the Democratic Party and it's not going away

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Besides providing some powerful lines for Melania Trump's next speech, Michelle Obama reminded us this week how inspiring the Democrats can be at their best.

Indeed, while Donald Trump has grabbed political centre stage due to his sheer loutishness and the fierceness with which he's disemboweled the party of Abraham Lincoln, it may be the Democratic Party that is undergoing the more intriguing and far-reaching transformation.

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| July 28, 2016
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Unity and healing is critical for a fractured Democratic Party

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We may be living in a non-leadership moment

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It's tempting to say Donald Trump is all leader and no ship: no party inclinations in any recognizable forms, nor typical policies, organization, strategy or scripts. It centres on him alone. Except for a literal ship, labelled Trump, that he flies in on and speaks in front of. He likes it so much, he flies it home to New York each night to sleep in his bed -- which is kind of touching -- then drops in again next day.

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What are the chances of a Canadian Trump?

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In the Brexit referendum and Donald Trump's takeover of the Republican Party some pundits see proof that restless voters are rejecting the guidance of political leaders, business elites and mainstream news media.

Could a demagogue like Trump, arousing xenophobic passions, emerge in Canada?

No.

Canada has had politicians with Trump-like impacts. Their opponents underestimate firebrands, and then they disrupt the system.

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In landmark victory, U.S. Supreme Court overturns Texas's anti-abortion law

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