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Baltimore – What makes it different?

By RTÉ Washington Correspondent, Caitríona Perry Wearing jerseys and baseball caps they peered through the locked gates, craning necks for a better vantage point. Hoping for a glimpse of homebase. Dedicated fans outside the Baltimore Orioles baseball game this week … not outside because it was a sell-out crowd, but outside because there was no crowd. The first ever time a national baseball game was held behind closed doors. The reason? Fan safety and preservation of police resources, as police …

She’s in – Hillary Clinton launches Presidential bid

No big park, no football field, no crowded hall. Without a big opening event, Hillary Clinton (or ‘Hillary for America’ as her brand now is), went for somewhat of a soft rollout.  Except, of course, if your name is Hillary Clinton, nothing you do is going to be small-scale.

What next for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

Found guilty of carrying out the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings, the 21-year-old now faces the death penalty. After 11 hours of deliberations over two days, the jury in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned guilty verdicts to all of the 30 multi-part charges against him. The courtroom was packed, as were five others – one overflow room for survivors and victims’ families, two for general public and two for overflow media. So lengthy were the charges that it took almost 30 …

Selma – A turning point in time

Fifty years ago this month, Alabama State Troopers assaulted civil rights protesters as they tried to engage in a non-violent march for voting rights for African-Americans. Images of the sustained beating of protestors were beamed around the US and the world and the events marked a turning point in the civil rights movement with President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act that August (1965). Several marches took place throughout March 1965 but none as brutal as ‘Bloody Sunday’. Finally …

The beginning of the fourth quarter of Obama's presidency

By RTÉ Washington Correspondent Caitríona Perry Interesting things happen in the fourth quarter, quipped US President Barack Obama at his end of year press conference, as his own presidency heads into its fourth quarter. American sports games can often last hours with long periods of inaction allowing for commercial breaks and stocking up on beer and hotdogs. And it is fair to say that his presidency has been criticised for long periods of inaction too.

Drinks all round after Democrats Drubbing – Where to now for US politics?

By Caitríona Perry, Washington Correspondent “The American people sent a message … they expect us to focus on their ambitions and not ours … I have a unique responsibility to make this town work … to everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you.” The words US President Obama used to explain the drubbing the Democratic Party took in Tuesday night’s Mid-Term Elections.

GOP set for Senate showdown

    By Caitríona Perry, Washington Correspondent The New York Times says 70%, the Huffington Post says 74%, the Washington Post says 70% too…all agree that the Grand Ole Party – the Republicans – will more than likely take the Senate following today’s mid-term elections.

History moving sideways – 50 years after the Civil Rights Act

By Caitriona Perry, Washington Correspondent As he arrived into the hall at the Lyndon B Johnson Library in Texas last week, Barack Obama apologised for being a little late. The delay, he said, was caused by his wife Michelle playing him a tape of Lady Bird Johnson critiquing her husband’s presidential performance. Nothing has changed in 50 years, joked Obama. But of course everything has changed.

Obamacare Enrolment Deadline

“Is there anything else I can help you with today Ma’am?” It’s not the polite customer service agent’s fault, but no, after a second 45-minute phone call, and the magic words “you are now enrolled”, there’s nothing else you can do for me. After four phone calls, and several hours spent online, I’d finally been cleared to buy a health care insurance policy…not a free one, or a subsidised one, but one I would pay for myself.  The bureaucracy involved …

In the clink …

By Washington Correspondent Richard Downes Dr Kermit Gosnell’s House of Horrors was well-known to the local community of West Philadelphia. His reputation was as sleazy as it comes. He was the “go-to” doctor if you wanted a late term illegal abortion. But you had to pay cash … and lots of it. This was sketchy but not cheap.