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Today’s News

Larry Donnelly: American politics is in a bad state and the TV networks aren't helping

Donnelly dismays at the polarised and simplistic discussion of politics in the US from all media sources, not just Fox News.

Sunday 26 July, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Covid and BLM may have him down, but Trump may not yet be out

Larry Donnelly says Trump’s recent Fox News interview was a disaster and reflects his drop in the polls, but watch for the shift in his rhetoric from now on.

Sunday 12 July, 2020

Larry Donnelly: America's problems go far deeper than Donald Trump

Larry Donnelly says we should not write off Trump in November, but if he does lose, it is merely the first step in a long road back to redemption for the US.

Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Trump is a mess but he can still win the election because of a weak Democratic party

Larry Donnelly says the Democrats’ surrender to big donor money in the last 30 years has weakened its credibility.

Sunday 24 May, 2020

Larry Donnelly: An erratic Trump now leads a US further divided by Covid-19

Donnelly says voters this year will believe in Trump the straight-shooter or Trump the perpetually offended narcissist.

Sunday 17 May, 2020

Larry Donnelly: 'US politics may have lost civility, but online discourse here is no better'

Larry Donnelly charts the decline in civility in US politics and says Irish conversations online hint of a growing intolerance here.

Sunday 10 May, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Has America finally had enough of Trump?

Trump was on track to take a second term, but Covid-19 has changed everything, writes Donnelly.

Sunday 26 April, 2020

Larry Donnelly: I'm taking a break from politics this week ... now, about lasagne and spuds

Larry Donnelly, a ‘yank in Ireland’, has a little shutdown rant.

Sunday 12 April, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Bernie’s out, but he leaves a lasting legacy

Sanders didn’t lose because of his socialist leanings, he did so because of his praise for Castro and criticism of JFK, writes Donnelly.

Saturday 4 April, 2020

Larry Donnelly: The US is polarised over Trump's handling of Covid-19, but Biden has also failed to inspire voters

Larry Donnelly says wildcards like Covid-19 will shape the Trump vs Biden race

Saturday 28 March, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Kennedy vs Markey could be the last throw of the dice for the Irish American dynasty

The Kennedy vs Markey battle is the distraction from Covid-19 we all need, says Larry Donnelly.

Wednesday 11 March, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Super Tuesday 2 makes Joe Biden the Democratic nominee in-waiting

Biden was all but counted out by most onlookers before recently, writes Larry Donnelly.

Tuesday 3 March, 2020

Larry Donnelly: It's Super Tuesday, so is Biden the new 'comeback kid'?

Bernie may secretly have welcomed a Biden victory in South Carolina, but not to this extent, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 27 February, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Can Joe Biden – or anyone else – stop Bernie Sanders?

It’s looking like Sanders versus Bloomberg for the Democratic National Convention in July, writes Larry Donnelly.

Wednesday 12 February, 2020

Opinion: This Irish election result was not an ideological vote, it was an angry one

The shift to the left, including the swing to Sinn Féin, is more about voters’ anger at Fine Gael, writes Larry Donnelly.

Wednesday 5 February, 2020

Larry Donnelly: If luck and timing count in politics, then both are in Trump's favour for November

Buttigeg, Bloomberg and Trump were the winners in Iowa, writes Larry Donnelly from Boston.

Saturday 1 February, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Iowa and New Hampshire - a preview and a primer

The two states play a key role in nominating presidential candidates.

Saturday 18 January, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Buckle up, this #GE2020 campaign promises to be interesting

Larry Donnelly: Buckle up, this #GE2020 campaign promises to be interesting

As a self-confessed political anorak, Larry Donnelly is looking forward to the race.

Thursday 26 December, 2019

Larry Donnelly: Trump re-election in 2020 not a done deal, but Democrats face an uphill battle

The Democrats bowed to pressure on impeachment, but will it make a difference to the 2020 result?

Thursday 28 November, 2019

Larry Donnelly: Thanksgiving should be the American tradition that goes global, not Black Friday

A spirit of volunteerism – not consumerism – abounds in the US on Thanksgiving, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 21 November, 2019

Larry Donnelly: Sondland's impeachment testimony was explosive, but don't expect it to change the outcome for Trump

Is this week’s explosive impeachment testimony simply water that will drip smoothly off Trump’s back?

Sunday 3 November, 2019

Larry Donnelly: Biden, Sanders or Warren look set for nomination... why hasn't the Democratic primary been more competitive?

Huge support for just three Democrat front runners in the race for nomination is unusual, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 26 September, 2019

Larry Donnelly: Removing Trump from office is still a remote possibility

How one sees the state of play depends, as ever, on which side of the aisle he is on, writes Larry Donnelly.

Friday 13 September, 2019

Larry Donnnelly: The third Democratic debate was a ho-hum night in Houston

It was a debate with few shocks and, when the dust settled, the three frontrunnners had solidified their positions, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 1 August, 2019

Larry Donnelly: We can expect a dramatic cull of the Democratic debate lineup before the next TV clash

Some observers will welcome a clearing out of the long-shots – but others may find it unnerving.

Thursday 11 July, 2019

A deep compassion for his fellow citizens: A tribute to my friend Noel Whelan

Larry Donnelly on how the late barrister and author’s ‘abiding faith in people’ shone through his public and personal life.

Friday 28 June, 2019

Larry Donnelly: Biden needs to come up with some effective counter-punches to survive this long (long) campaign

The first debates between Democratic presidential hopefuls were held this week.

Sunday 9 June, 2019

Larry Donnelly: It was an unusual US presidential visit - but what is its broader significance?

The Government deserves credit for successfully handling what was inevitably going to be a tricky situation, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 23 May, 2019

Opinion: Who will be the winners and losers of the European Elections, 2019?

‘While lots of people have no interest it’s going to be absolutely fascinating for those of us who love the sport of electoral politics’ writes political columnist, Larry Donnelly

Saturday 4 May, 2019

Opinion: At a club football match on a cold and rainy, dismal evening - I fell in love with Gaelic games

I love the sense of community spirit that is manifest at every match. Throughout Ireland, the GAA is the glue that binds residents together, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 30 March, 2019

Opinion: The fallout from the Mueller Report exposes a Democratic Party adrift

Driven by enmity for Donald Trump the Democrats have forgotten that the way to beat your opponent in a democracy – is at the ballot box, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 16 March, 2019

Opinion: The Irish American community is still an influential force in US politics

A recent book claims that the Irish American influence in Washington is waning but top politicians wouldn’t still be rolling out the green carpet if it was, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 16 February, 2019

Larry Donnelly: Too many observers have been unable or unwilling to come to grips with Trump’s appeal

I still find it difficult to believe that he is President Trump. I wish it weren’t so. But it is.

Thursday 31 January, 2019

Opinion: Who will represent the Democrats in 2020?

After Trump’s election it would be a mistake to ignore the long shots, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 17 January, 2019

Opinion: 'The debate on abortion isn't over and don't expect that it ever will be'

The experience in the US shows that the divisive abortion debate will continue, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 22 December, 2018

The Mueller investigation will be the political story of 2019, and other predictions for US politics

Larry Donnelly looks back on 2018 and ahead to 2019 in American politics.

Thursday 8 November, 2018

The polls get it right, and the problem with Pelosi: 6 thoughts on the US midterms

Given the political realities, Nancy Pelosi must simultaneously do battle and business with President Trump, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 27 October, 2018

What is the long-term impact of Peter Casey's result on Irish politics, if there is one?

Ireland may be resistant to the temptations of populism but we are not immune, writes Larry Donnelly.

Monday 8 October, 2018

The first Tuesday of November will define the next chapter of American politics

The US mid-terms will be the first nationwide referendum on Donald Trump, writes Larry Donnelly.

Monday 24 September, 2018

Larry Donnelly: Michael D Higgins seems virtually unbeatable - so how will the other candidates try to win?

What strategies and tactics can we expect from the candidates for the presidential race, asks Larry Donnelly.

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