Lemex was kind enough to start a general Politics thread, but I thought that US and UK politics on the same thread might launch multiple discussions that didn't really relate to one another (not to mention the politics of other countries represented on this forum). So, here is my offering for a thread on US Politics. My own view is that the Obama-McConnell agreement is the defining post-election moment for US domestic policy. It clarifies the manner in which the President will deal with a hostile Congress, and the outcome (whether it passes or not, and the resulting impact on the economy either way) will frame the 2012 Presidential election. Do you think the Democrats in the Senate will allow it to pass? Should they? If not, what should they do? And will Obama's shift to the center salvage his chances of a second term or hasten his exit? I look forward to seeing a lively discussion. I'll save my own opinions until later.