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Ben Roback is Head of Trade and International Policy at Cicero Group and a member of the US Embassy’s Young Leader’s UK programme.Follow @
America’s election results – and the Blue Wave That Never Was. Biden will be constrained if he wins.
Continuity on Capitol Hill looks set to ensue, with Republicans holding the Senate and Democrats keeping the House.
The worst-case scenario for polling day and the weeks that follow is illegal, armed militias imposing themselves on polling stations and state capitols.
Ben Roback: Vice-presidential debates usually don’t matter. Tonight’s does – because either contender could be president soon.
With Trump’s health still uncertain and Biden an even older man, Pence v Harris may turn out to be very important indeed.
Ben Roback: Whoever won yesterday’s travesty of a presidential debate in America, it certainly wasn’t the voters
This election seems destined for the courts – so we could be looking well into 2021 before we get a definitive result.
Ben Roback: Trump may not win, but this sudden Supreme Court vacancy gives him a chance to make a long-term mark on America.
A conservative constitutional scholar supported by the Presidemt would fundamentally shift the balance of the Court, ensuring a clear majority of 6-3.
In January, the President wanted to be talking about jobs and growth. Instead, his Party present themselves as the last line of defence against anarchy.
From Brexit, to climate change, to the World Trade Organization, how would this administration align with the UK government?
Ben Roback: Trump’s facing an uphill battle to convince voters he’s the man to bring the US out of the pandemic
Political commentators have flocked to describe the President’s ‘new tone’. But can it last?
It’s key to a Trump or Biden victory, and the President is behind in the polls – as Covid-19 rages, and the Republican convention prepares to meet there.
Ben Roback: When masks become memes: The partisan political climate has hurt America’s fight against coronavirus
There is still time for the president to show leadership on this issue, but the window of opportunity is narrowing.
Ben Roback: Why America’s election may turn on jobs, immigration, abortion and China – not race, policing, justice and riots
Trump has shown a rare flash of flexibility in signing a police reform executive order, breaking a hitherto narrow commitment to law enforcement.
The ongoing question of race in America poses an existential threat to the very principle of American exceptionalism on which the country was built.
Ben Roback: Trump and Biden’s prospects in key battleground states – and their approaches to lockdown
Here are snapshots from four of them: Michigan, Arizona, Florida and Pennsylvania. Biden leads in all four, but these are early days.
Returning to the playbook that successfully propelled him into the White House in 2016, he is turning his focus again towards immigration and China.