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What if they had an inauguration and no-one came?

Charles RichardsonJan 9, 2013

Hugo Chávez will be missing from Thursday's inauguration in Venezuela. It just goes to show that even the most comprehensive of constitutions can't provide for everything.

Italy latest: Berlusconi “ruled out” as PM

Charles RichardsonJan 8, 2013

A new electoral pact supposedly rules out Silvio Berlusconi as a candidate for prime minister. Doesn't sound like him at all, does it?

Obama picks his man for the Pentagon

Charles RichardsonJan 8, 2013

Former Republican senator Chuck Hagel is to be the new US defence secretary – provided he's confirmed by the Senate. It looks as if Obama has picked the right man for the times.

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Courts, cattle and constitutions – Australia’s ailing federalism

Charles RichardsonJan 7, 2013 9

Mountain cattle grazing in Victoria becomes a constitutional issue. The Federal Court upheld the ban, but indicated that there were still limits to Canberra's power on environmental issues.

Hungary takes the John Howard route

Charles RichardsonJan 6, 2013 5

Hungary's government comes to grief in an attempt to change the electoral law to its advantage, in much the same way that John Howard did in Australia.

Fiscal cliff: a Civil War postscript

Charles RichardsonJan 3, 2013

One more thing to say about America's fiscal cliff, and it's on the regional breakdown of the vote to approve the legislation in the House of Representatives yesterday morning (Australi

More to liberty than gun rights

Charles RichardsonJan 3, 2013 2

So if gun rights need to be defended as a safeguard against tyranny, why are conservatives so cavalier about trashing other safeguards?

The perils of insular thinking

Charles RichardsonJan 3, 2013 1

Melbourne's ticketing fiasco reflects the same sort of insularity that gave us compulsory voting and a broken school funding system, among other things.

And over the cliff we go – sort of

Charles RichardsonJan 2, 2013

A deal dragged the United States back up the fiscal cliff, and the markets loved it.

Highlights of 2012: The top 10 elections

Charles RichardsonDec 31, 2012 4

It was again a mixed year for elections, where the forces of change and the forces of stability both had their victories. Here's my top 10 for 2012.