The history of USA and Australia’s love in — and Turnbull’s grovelling

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News & Commentary |

After Turnbull met Trump this week, media coverage focused on the PM’s embarrassing offer of congratulations on the President’s legislative victory in his effort to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare. The Australian media was – quite rightly – pretty gobsmacked that Turnbull would open his speech with such lavish praise of Republicans’ efforts to strip millions

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Book Review – Susan Bordo’s ‘The Destruction of Hillary Clinton’

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Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews |

Susan Bordo’s The Destruction of Hillary Clinton adds to a growing list of publications trying desperately to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Bordo intervenes in a debate that has been raging since the day the polls closed, and shows no signs of dying down. ‘How,’ Bordo asks, ‘could such an extraordinarily well-qualified, experienced, admired,

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Trump, Syria and the Irrelevance of History

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Last week, President Donald Trump continued his now longstanding trend of saying one thing and doing another. Despite his repeated assurances that he would put “America first” and that he was the “peace candidate”, Trump ordered a missile strike on Syria. Trump’s strike was greeted, at least initially, with almost universal acclaim. The President, as

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Nixon/Watergate and a Trump Tweetstorm

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Last weekend, in what is now a predictable pattern, Donald Trump said some outrageous things on Twitter. Somewhere between defending his Attorney-General Jeff Sessions and calling Arnold Schwarzenegger “pathetic”, Trump accused former President Barack Obama of ordering a wiretap on Trump Tower during the election campaign. Trump first claimed that the tap was “McCarthyism”, which

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Teaching History in TrumpWorld

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Historians like me will tell anyone who’ll listen that you need to know your history in order to understand the present. That’s why we do what we do: we want to understand, and help others understand, where we are, how we got here, and where we might be going. But the truth is, we’re still

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Bursting our Bubble – Roger Stone, darling of the alt-right, on the Trump Revolution

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Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews |

How do you burst the bubble? Blindsided by Donald Trump’s surprise election victory in November, liberals and progressives the world over are berating themselves with this question. How did “the smartest people in the room”, as long time Trump friend and advisor Roger Stone smugly observes, fail to see this coming? Looking for answers, many

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The on-screen pain and humiliation of Anthony Weiner

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Film, Reviews, Screen |

Americans are, by now, fairly accustomed to the regular sex scandals that plague their elected representatives. Republicans and Democrats alike have implicated themselves in controversies of varying degrees – from Bill Clinton’s famous declaration that he “did not have sexual relations with that woman” to Republican Governor Mark Sanford’s mysterious weeklong sojourn in Argentina with

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