U.S. Senate

My bookclub with U.S. Attorney General William Barr

Tabatha Southey: Think the Attorney General’s testimony this week was frustrating? Just try discussing Moby Dick with him.

Brett Kavanaugh can’t squeeze in a word at his own confirmation hearing

Protestors wailed, senators cried foul, security hauled spectators from the chamber. An that was before the nominee opened his mouth

Brian Mulroney testifies on NAFTA at the U.S. Senate: Video

The prime minister who negotiated the Canada-U.S. free trade deal talks about the importance of the continental economy

Black voters saved Alabama—despite efforts to keep them down

Opinion: Doug Jones may have defeated Roy Moore in their Senate race, but Alabama’s electoral history is still marked by efforts to frustrate the Black vote

What is a trial in the Senate? 

When it comes to impeachments, the Senate is judge and jury.

How Obama’s bad night might be good news for Harper

The Republicans have wrested control of Congress—and that could help Canada’s energy and infrastructure agendas

The real Facebook: a photo database of every U.S. citizen

Jesse Brown on fear and facial recognition


How bad will it be for the Democrats?

They are sure to lose ground in the Nov. 2 mid-terms. The question is, how much?


How they do it

If senate reform is, as has been hinted, to be prominent in the government’s fall agenda, it is perhaps worth seriously considering what it is we want the senate to be. And on that note, here is an extensive look at the U.S. Senate, penned by the New Yorker’s George Packer after a few months of observation.


Mr. Overrated

I hope, though I doubt, that Nate Silver’s performance during the stretch drive of the Massachusetts special Senate election will finally lead to him being downgraded from “All-seeing HAL-9000-esque quantitative wizard” to “Just another guy with a computer”. Armed only with the traditional maxims of psephological interpretation, which teach that a late polling break away from the incumbent party is a very unfavourable omen, one could have figured out ten days ago that repulsive Democratic candidate Martha Coakley was in a heap of trouble. Silver, with his revolutionary disregard for everything but the polling numbers, was still arguing as late as Thursday afternoon that Coakley was the clear favourite; he changed his mind at midnight that evening and acknowledged that Scott Brown had a puncher’s chance.


Sweet Caroline

Baby boomers will fondly recall the photos of Caroline Kennedy with her father, and who can forget the heart-wrenching photo of her taken the day of JFK’s funeral? Kennedy is now thrust in the public eye for reasons unassociated with nostalgia or sweetness: she wants to become the next senator of New York. For the first time in her life, she is at the centre of a controversy, with questions swirling over her qualifications to fill Hillary Clinton’s seat. Welcome to the world of politics.