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Beau Magloire

The college cheating scandal which has embroiled Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin has made headlines around the world. From March 12, ‘Felicity Huffman’ has been the most-searched Google term globally, with...

19 March 2019
Elliott Brennan

Who's running in the 2020 US presidential election? We're keeping track of all the candidates to formally declare their candidacy in the race for the White House.

4 March 2019
Bruce Wolpe

In February 2019 President Trump signed the border security spending bill – ending any threat of another government shutdown – and issued a declaration of national emergency under the National Emergencies Act of...

18 February 2019
Freya Zemek

Net neutrality, according to its proponents, is the great equaliser: the principle that prevents Internet service providers (ISPs) from intervening – usually by offering paid ‘fast lanes’ – in how online content is...

24 January 2019
Elliott Brennan

The 'State of the Union' refers to the constitutionally mandated duty of the US president to keep the House of Representatitves and Senate abreast of the current conditions of the United States and...

14 January 2019
Charles Edel, Bruce Wolpe

The US Senate has two more sittings this week: on New Year’s Eve (US time) and on Thursday, January 2, which is the last sitting day of the 115th Congress. In those sessions...

31 December 2018
Jared Mondschein

Donald Trump may be the most unconventional president the United States has seen in generations, but he has just made an overwhelmingly conventional choice to be the next US ambassador to Australia, and...

7 November 2018
Shaun Ratcliff

Elections in the United States are big business. Candidates have to pay for staff, travel, advertising, get out the vote activities and office space. However, there is very little in the way of public funding for...

6 November 2018
Simon Jackman

Virtually every politically relevant, leading indicator points to the Democrats winning a majority of seats in the US House of Representatives on November 6. Public opinion polls have long suggested an 8-9 point...

5 November 2018
Zoe Meers, Andrew Herrmann

In the lead up to the US midterm elections, political campaigns across the nation focus their efforts on ensuring supporters show up at the ballot box on November 6.

In the United States...

2 November 2018
Zoe Meers, Matilda Steward

The 2018 midterm elections are a record-breaking year for women in American politics, with more women running for US Congress and state-wide office than any previous election. This year’s wave of women candidates...

19 September 2018
Zoe Meers

Much is at stake in this November’s midterm elections in the United States: control of the US House of Representatives, the Senate and many state governorships and legislatures. But just as in Australian...

11 September 2018
Lucas Thompson

After months of speculation, and an unprecedentedly long delay, the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has selected a US representative for the 2019 Venice Biennale. The delays worried many...

5 September 2018
Shaun Ratcliff, Luke Mansillo

The United States midterm elections are being held on Tuesday, 6 November. This offers the first nationwide referendum on the presidency of Donald Trump. Presidential elections are held every four years, in conjunction...

27 August 2018
Aaron Nyerges

Digital blackface describes the act of producing, posting or circulating ‘black reaction gifs’ online and especially on social media threads. Someone watching a drama unfold might post Michael Jackson settling into the cinema...

23 August 2018

AgTech is a nascent industry at the intersection of agriculture and technology. For this reason what is included and excluded in analyses of both the size of the current market and the future...

22 August 2018
Lucas Thompson

It might seem frivolous to point out, given the far more dramatic developments during the current administration, but President Trump is still yet to award any National Medals of Arts or National Humanities...

15 August 2018
Matilda Steward, Lucy Nason
The economic arm of the US’ Indo-Pacific strategy

In a speech to the Indo-Pacific Business Forum on 30 July, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unveiled the first new economic offerings of the Trump...

7 August 2018
Rodney Taveira

Spike Lee’s latest film BlackKklansman, which won the Grand Prix prize at the Cannes Film Festival, is based on real-life African American police officer Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington, son...

2 August 2018

The Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) are Australia’s principal forum for formal consultations with the United States. The talks are led by the Australian Foreign and Defence Ministers and their counterparts, the US...

19 July 2018