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America Votes – The Land of Great Contrasts

As Chris continues his travels across the United States, he reflects on his cross-country journey observing how the world’s leading economy is such a contrasting display of economic highs and lows.

If I’ve learnt anything during my two-week visit to the United States it’s that this a country of unparalleled contrasts.

There’s the powerful marriage of individuality and a sense of community, unlike anywhere else on earth.

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America Votes – 45 Days Out

As Chris travels the United States, he gives his perspective on the latest happenings on the Presidential Campaign and asks, does the data matter all that much?

I have been in the United States for the last week, travelling across the country from Los Angeles to where I am now, in the nation’s capital (with stays in San Francisco and Chicago along the way), and the most lasting impression I have is that this Presidential Election campaign hasn’t taken off.

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A Fifty Year Old Fallacy

February marked the anniversary of the fifty years of the Cuban embargo enforced by the US. The promulgation of the Cuban Democracy Act in 1961 reflected the policy of containment that was to prevent the extension of the relationship between Cuba and the Soviet Union after the embarrassing Bay of Pigs invasion. Six months later, the world was at the height of Cold War tensions with the Cuban missile crisis.

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The Curious Case of US Unemployment

In my first article as a writer for ESSA, I wrote about how the unemployment rate was going to have a significant impact on President Obama’s re-election chances.

In the 2 months since that article was written there have been some significant developments in the US economy and in the political sphere as we approach the Presidential Election.

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US Health Care Reform on Life Support?

The future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (oft-dubbed Obamacare), President Obama’s signature policy reform of his first term, is in the balance. After a week of oral arguments before the Supreme Court, between the Administration’s lawyers and those representing the twenty-six states, and the National Federation of Independent Business challenging the law’s constitutionality, the emerging consensus is that parts of the legislation, in particular the controversial individual mandate, may be struck down by the highest judicial body.

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