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James Curran

Joe Biden won more of the popular vote than any previous presidential candidate. An adult will return to the Oval Office.

But the grievances that propelled Trump to power, the forces that almost...

8 November 2020
 
John Lee

The electoral numbers appear to be landing in favour of Joe Biden. But there will be recounts in some states and perhaps the need for definitive adjudication by the US Supreme Court. All...

7 November 2020
 
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone

Joe Biden’s apparent razor-thin victory over Donald Trump will not elicit the resounding sigh of relief from Australia’s strategic policy community many were expecting. If the opinion polls had been right, the narrative...

6 November 2020
 
Simon Jackman

This presidential election is full of mixed messages, reminding us that the United States is a diverse and divided country.

Turnout was over 67 per cent of eligible voters – the highest in...

6 November 2020
 
Simon Jackman

Long after midnight in the United States, President Donald Trump declared he would ask the Supreme Court to intervene in the 2020 election. As far as he was concerned, he said, he had...

5 November 2020
 
Kim Hoggard

Was Donald Trump the president America “had to have”? Back in 2016, this “outsider”, “anti-politician” and “disrupter” was going to shake up the capital and run roughshod over the “do-nothing” politicians that many...

5 November 2020
 
Kim Hoggard

I Voted! It’s a badge issued after voting in a United States election and in 2020, Americans are acquiring them in historic numbers. Never in the USA has voting been so fraught with...

4 November 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

American baseball great Frank Robinson got this election night right: "Closeness doesn't count in baseball. Closeness only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades."

Joe Biden was playing hardball – to take out the...

4 November 2020
 
Lesley Russell

The United States has just been through one of the most dramatic of all presidential campaigns against a backdrop of vicious partisanship, growing unrest and a largely uncontrolled pandemic that has killed around...

4 November 2020
 
Elliott Brennan

Truth has been under assault in the United States for longer than Donald Trump has been the in the Oval Office. However, this election campaign has quickened the rate of truth decay to...

3 November 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

Theodore H. White captured JFK's election day 60 years ago. His The Making of the President 1960 was a breakthrough: the authoritative account from the inside. "It was invisible as always," he wrote...

1 November 2020
 
John Lee

The common wisdom is that allies, including Australia, will feel much more comfortable if Joe Biden wins the election.

Donald Trump’s important legacy is that countering China is now a bipartisan mindset in...

30 October 2020
 
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

By a large margin, Australians prefer Democratic candidate Joe Biden to Donald Trump as the next US president.

In surveys of more than 1820 respondents fielded in July 2019, and another 1619 earlier...

30 October 2020
 
Brendon O'Connor

US President Donald Trump’s path to re-election requires maximising the support of his oft-mentioned “base” — white voters without college degrees — in the key battleground states where he eked out a victory...

29 October 2020
 
Claire McFarland

The US election is on November 3, 2020. Two very different candidates, two very different political parties. What does the US election outcome hold for tech and innovation? And what should Australia do...

28 October 2020
 
David Smith

Scott Morrison is the first Pentecostal Christian in the world to lead a democratic country. But Donald Trump’s presidency is far more infused with Pentecostalism than Morrison’s prime ministership is.

Morrison and Trump...

27 October 2020
 
James Curran

There is little reason to doubt recent reporting that some in Canberra’s national security community would prefer President Donald Trump to prevail next week.

Given the evidence of Trump’s four years in office...

25 October 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

The neckties gave everything away.

The President in Republican red; former vice-president Joe Biden in Democratic blue. No cross-dressing. Total war imminent.

Friday's encounter was not a game changer. Trump was much more...

24 October 2020
 
Gorana Grgic

With the final full week of the presidential campaign in the United States ahead of us, the polls remain stubborn in pointing to Joe Biden's victory. More pressingly, there is no scarcity of...

23 October 2020
 
Lesley Russell

The final presidential debate is unlikely to have changed any minds — but it did remind attentive viewers that Donald Trump doesn’t have a clue about what would replace Obamacare, writes USSC non-resident...

23 October 2020