Richard Cooke is The Monthly’s US correspondent and contributing editor.
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Losing the plot: the American midterms
Tired of Winning
Caravan conspiracies, dead candidates and a miasma of acrimony … welcome to the 2018 US campaign trail
Through the hate tunnel
Grappling with the paintings of George W. Bush
The US midterm elections
Was it a blue wave? One thing is sure: the consequences will be compelling
Is Trump responsible?
On Pittsburgh, the MAGA bomber, and presidential fire-starting
At the gateway to Cape Fear
After the storm, North Carolina is a glimpse into a climate-changed future
Flint, Michigan, has become a symbol of American dysfunction, but the city is operating just as intended
The Devil’s Triangle
In the Kavanaugh hearing, American partisanship reached a point of no return
In The Big House
The quintessential American cultural experience is still college football
Notes on some artefacts
Political discourse in America is becoming a semiotic hot mess
The energy exchange
Fifty years on, the divisions so starkly demonstrated at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago look irreconcilable
One million monkeys
A loss of faith in traditional media was inevitable. But what has replaced it?
Alt right on the night
One of the extreme right’s greatest harms may turn out to be opportunity cost
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