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America’s “dark money”

A small number of super rich have bought US politics, says a new book

While much of the nation is glued to the presidential horse race, other elections are going on too. A new Congress (all 435 House of Representative seats are technically open) will be chosen in November, and also onethird—34 seats—of the Senate. The outcome matters a good deal. “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress” the Constitution states. And the Barack Obama years have been a lesson in the reach and depth of those powers. Even now the most recent of 50-odd efforts to “repeal Obamacare,” approved by the House in January awaits the President’s veto. Why write a bill destined for defeat? For the same reason the Republicans have orchestrated government shutdowns, convened no fewer than eight investigations into the assault on the US consulate in Benghazi and waged war on the Iran nuclear deal. Doing nothing—or rather, stopping things from happening—is part of politics too.

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In Prospect’s March issue: Peter Pomerantsev describes the situation in Eastern Europe as the governments of Hungary and Poland turn right. Simon Tilford, from the Centre for European Reform, questions the substance of David Cameron’s EU deal and Philip Collins argues that Jeremy Corbyn is not fit for purpose. Also in this issue: Peter Kellner shows us that we are feeling more optimistic than during the last stages of the last Labour government and Jessica Abrahams explores the sexism of Valentine’s Day. Plus Justice Malala on South Africa and the Prospect Duel asks: "Should all immigrants learn English?"