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The vote to recall Wisconsin governor Scott Walker takes place on Tuesday. Photograph: Andy Manis/AP
Wisconsin's recall vote will decide more than just confidence in Scott Walker
"There are no second acts in American lives," F Scott Fitzgerald once famously wrote. But once in a while in American elections there is the opportunity for a do-over.


Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a campaign stop in Jacksonville, Florida. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP
Why do poor white voters reject the Democrats? Well, why shouldn't they?
So white people who are struggling financially are going to vote Republican. And not by a narrow margin. Asked in a recent Washington Post poll which candidate would do more to advance their families' economic interests, middle-class white voters who said they were struggling to maintain their financial positions chose Mitt Romney. And not by a small margin. In this category he beats Barack Obama by 58% to 32%.


Illustration: Andrzej Krauze
Nato talks security and peace, Chicago has neither
On Friday morning in Brighton Park, a neighbourhood in southwest Chicago, around half a dozen Latina volunteers in luminous bibs patrolled the streets around Davis Elementary school. The school sits in the crossfire of three gangs; the Kings, the 2/6s and the SDs (Satan's Disciples). The trees and walls nearby are peppered with "tags" denoting territory and mourning fallen gang members. There is a shooting in the area every couple of weeks, explains Mariela Estrada of the Brighton Park Neighbourhood Council, which facilitates the volunteers.


Protesters walk past Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel
Three Nato protesters planned Obama campaign HQ attack, prosecutors say
Three Nato protesters arrested in a late night raid on Wednesday have each been held on a $1.5m bond over alleged terrorism-related offences.


Observers said Chicago police showed restraint during the day that included the sight of hundreds of protesters breaking away from a large rally. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty
Nato protesters arrested in Chicago raid held on terrorism charges
Three Nato protesters, arrested in a late night raid on Wednesday, have been charged on terrorism-related offences.


Protesters gather in Daley Plaza near a Chicago police officer during a demonstration in advance of this weekend
Chicagoans take cover as Nato summit attracts protesters and police
Chicagoans woke up on Friday to the prospect of a long weekend of global attention and local chaos, as around 60 world leaders started to arrive for the Nato summit. The front page of the Chicago Sun-Times suggested Nato was an acronym for Now Arrives The Ordeal.


Rahm Emanuel: the Nato summit is his show. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Getty
Rahm Emanuel, king of Chicago, goes into battle as Nato comes to town
Explaining his desire to host both the G8 and the Nato summits in Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, the city's mayor told an aide: "It's just like the Olympics, only easier to get."


Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, with his budget plan, which would slash social spending – though that has not deterred the support of presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/Getty Images
How being 'the party of no' is working for the GOP
In exit polls during the Republican primaries, voters were given four choices about what they believed to be the most important quality in a candidate: "can defeat Obama", "true conservative", "strong moral character" and "right experience".


‘The meetings, lunches and visits showcase a parallel, unaccountable universe where decisions are made and deals done.
A web of privilege supports this so-called meritocracy
Shortly after Mitt Romney's failed 2008 campaign for the Republican nomination his son Tagg set up a private equity fund with the campaign's top fundraiser. One of the first donors was his mum, Anne. Next came several of his dad's financial backers. Tagg had no experience in the world of finance, but after two years in the middle of a deep recession the company had netted $244m from just 64 investors.


Osama bin Laden
Osama bin Laden's death has had zero impact on America's security
Last week, two coalition troops were injured and one killed by Afghan soldiers; the US reached an agreement with the Afghan government to maintain a presence in the country until 2024; and the US failed to break a diplomatic deadlock with Pakistan after the US refused to apologise for killing 25 Pakistani soldiers in November.
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Stranger in a Strange Land – Encounters in the Disunited States
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'It often takes an outsider to look inside. This is especially true of the United States.'
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