Racist behaviour is declining in America

THE “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville on August 12th and President Donald Trump’s apparent inability to condemn neo-Nazis has fanned fears that his presidency will be accompanied by a rising tide of racism. There were already worrying signs of that: of 1,094 ‘bias incidents’ monitored by the Southern Poverty …

Donald Trump visits hurricane-hit Texas

COMPASSION and competence are not President Donald Trump’s strong suits. But since Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a category four hurricane near Rockport, Texas, on August 26th, Mr Trump has done his best to empathise with south-eastern Texans struck by unprecedented life-threatening flooding, promising two visits to the affected areas …

An unforgiveable pardon for Sheriff Joe

THE powers of pardon bestowed on an American president—modelled on those enjoyed by English monarchs in centuries past—are so sweeping and awful that they impose their own discipline on chief executives, or so Alexander Hamilton predicted in Federalist 74. The responsibility of deciding the fate of a fellow-creature will “naturally …