United States

Settle down and take a deep breath

Sheila Liaugminas | 09 September 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Barack Obama, health care reform, United States
Republicans are hearing from constituents that they want to restart the process of reforming health care in America.

President Obama to kids: be responsible

Carolyn Moynihan | 09 September 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Barack Obama, education, United States
After all the brouhaha leading up to President Obama’s back to school address to America’s students, he gave them a first-rate pep talk that no-one in their right mind could disagree with. It was about taking responsibility for one’s own path in life, discovering what they are good at, setting goals and putting in the serious work to achieve them.

19 kids and counting

Carolyn Moynihan | 07 September 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Christian, large families, United States
We have featured a couple of very large families on MercatorNet -- a New Zealand family with 14 children and a Spanish family with 15 (now 16) -- but both are outstripped by the Duggar family of Tontitown, Arkansas.

Time to rein in investment banks?

Bill James | 05 September 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: business, economics, United Kingdom, United States
As economic green shoots appear, is it time to relax, or to redouble efforts to rein in investment bankers?

The Democrats after Kennedy

Godfrey Hodgson | 31 August 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: Barack Obama, Edward Kennedy, United States
What Obama must now do is to articulate a clear, distinct course of policy.

Ted Kennedy’s ambiguous legacy

Michael Cook | 29 August 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: Catholicism, Edward Kennedy, politics, United States
For America’s most famous Catholic, morality and politics had little to do with each other.

Demography for Democratic majority? Not really….

Brian Lilley | 15 April 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: United States
I’ve been fascinated by demographics for years, first learning of their practical application during a foray into the world of arts marketing, learning how to sell theatre tickets by looking at people’s life stages, income, or background.

There are good, solid uses of demographics to forecast trends, and then there is the ridiculous. Often, the ridiculous uses have to do with politics.

Bleaker House

Michael Cook | 08 April 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: ageing, United Kingdom, United States

Do I detect a new genre of film and novel emerging about below-replacement fertility? The first that came to my attention was Alfonso Cuarón's bleak film Children of Men. This was set in the UK in 2027, when global fertility has mysteriously dropped to 0.00. P.D. James's novel with the same title, upon which the film is based, is, if anything, bleaker still. Now I see that Booker Prize winner Anita Brookner has published a new novel, Strangers, about a retired bank manager who has no wife, no children and no relatives.

American evangelicals with large families

Carolyn Moynihan | 04 April 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: United States

The “smart power” of family planning for American diplomany

Michael Cook | 31 March 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: United States

Unmarried women boost US birth rates

Carolyn Moynihan | 26 March 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: United States

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