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Study suggests polling is still best predictor of election outcomes

UH-led research found use of polling data effective even in developing countries University of Houston Eurek Alert Donald Trump’s surprising election as president of the United States was viewed by some people as evidence that electoral polling no longer works, but researchers report they have developed models using global polling data that… Study suggests polling… Read More »

America, land of the (not-so) free, home of the (very) brave

In 2011, I made the decision to cut short my brief stint working in America and return to Australia. Freya Petersen ABC The catalyst was the birth of my first son, and my desire that he experience the same safe, sedate and relatively remote Australian childhood I enjoyed. The decision to… America, land of the… Read More »

Democrats are in real danger of overplaying their hand right now

President Trump’s first 12 days in office have been marked by controversy, division (even among Republicans) and uncertainty. Aaron Blake The Washington Post His nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Tuesday night was the antithesis of all that. In the 49-year-old Gorsuch, Trump picked a man who by… Democrats are in… Read More »

Trump’s Plan to Reduce UN Spending Is a Step in the Right Direction

Liberal panic in an budget-conservative world. Brett D. Schaefer The National Interest Last week, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration was considering two executive orders to “drastically reduce the United States’ role in the United Nations and other international organizations.” A draft titled… Trump’s Plan to… Read More »

Trump shares Obama’s myopia in doing business with China

The TPP withdrawal suggests that Mr Trump is preparing – wittingly or otherwise – to cede to China leadership of trade matters within the Asia region Anthony Rowley Asia Times US President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama seem to share a common myopia when it comes to seeing the consequences of their actions with regard to trade and business with China. We saw this a… Trump shares Obama’s… Read More »

Sorry Mr. Franklin, The Republic Is Dead

President Trump’s flurry of activity since taking office has been breathtaking to behold. Moses Apostaticus The Daily Caller Like no president before him, Trump is using the power of the presidential pen to roll back the worst excesses of the Obama years and bring the focus of government back to what is in the interests of the American people. Trump’s unilateral use… Sorry Mr. Franklin… Read More »

Two children, two faiths, one message

(CNN) – A photo of two kids — a Muslim girl and Jewish boy — rallying for the same cause alongside their dads, warmed the hearts of audiences across social media. Gisela Crespo CNN Both children are pictured hoisted high above the crowd on their father’s shoulders, holding handmade signs. Seven-year-old Meryem looks across at Adin, 9, who is smiling back at her. Her father, Fatih… Two children, two… Read More »

Why the Quebec mosque shooting happened

Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crimes have been on the rise in Quebec and Canada as a whole for years. Safiah Chowdhury Al Jazeera News “Hey hey, ho ho, we would rather have Trudeau,” chanted protesters in an American airport, gathered to challenge the executive order by the US President Donald Trump, effectively banning entry of Muslim refugees and residents… Why the Quebec… Read More »

Senate confirms Rex Tillerson as secretary of state in 56-to-43 vote

Rex Tillerson won confirmation Wednesday to become secretary of state, placing a longtime oil company executive at the helm of what President Trump has promised will be an “America first” foreign… By Anne Gearan The Washington Post The final vote was 56 to 43, with four members of the Democratic caucus in favor of confirmation: Sens… Senate confirms Rex… Read More »

EU Leader Identifies Russia, China, Trump as Threats

European Union President Donald Tusk says China, Russia and the U.S. administration of President Donald Trump are among the top external threats facing the… VoA His remarks came in a letter to 27 EU leaders before a summit Friday in… “Particularly the change in… EU Leader Identifies… Read More »

What has Turnbull agreed to do for Trump?

Let’s hope it’s worth it. Mark Beeson The Conversation Malcolm Turnbull has sacrificed whatever remaining credibility he may still have had as a small-l liberal in a desperate effort to save his tawdry asylum-seeker deal with the US government. Those hoping for… What has Turnbull… Read More »