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Not even the people of Edinburgh can escape the avalanche of hope:
Scotland for Obama

The rally

Yes we can

Happy voting Americans!

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A television reporter outside the Senator Boxer event (Feb. 2007)

…And not just about developments in naked opera.

I wrote this article while I was traveling around the US at the beginning of last year. It was published in Sydney University’s student paper in March, despite the slightly haughty over-explanation of basic issues in US politics.

Can’t wait till ’08:

[Between Castles] looks toward the next US Presidential election.

The landslide victory of the Democrats in the midterm elections late last year signalled not only a shift in public attitude towards George W Bush and the war in Iraq, but also a dramatic change in the distribution of political power in the US. While the next presidential election is almost two years away, strategists in Washington are already turning their attention to what effect this change in political climate might have on the next big race.

I arrived in the US in early February this year, on the eve of Barack Obama’s announcement of his contention for the Democratic Presidential nomination. The next day thousands of supporters gathered for his address at the old state capitol building in Springfield, Illinois, where President Lincoln had delivered his famous “house divided” speech almost a hundred and fifty years before.

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