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Introducing Cif America

When Charles Dickens, on his tour of America in 1842, visited Congress and met its senators and representatives, he wasn't impressed:

"I saw in them, the wheels that move the meanest perversion Perversion
See also Bestiality.

bondage and domination (B & D)

practices with whips, chains, etc. for sexual pleasure. [Western Cult.: Misc.
 of virtuous Political Machinery that the worst tools ever wrought. Despicable trickery Trickery
See also Cunning, Deceit, Humbuggery.

Bunsby, Captain Jack

trapped into marriage by landlady. [Br. Lit.: Dombey and Son]

Camacho

cheated of bride after lavish wedding preparations. [Span. Lit.
 at elections; under-handed tamperings with public officers; cowardly attacks upon opponents, with scurrilous newspapers for shields, and hired pens for daggers … aidings and abettings of every bad inclination inclination, in astronomy, the angle of intersection between two planes, one of which is an orbital plane. The inclination of the plane of the moon's orbit is 5°9' with respect to the plane of the ecliptic (the plane of the earth's orbit around the sun).  in the popular mind," he wrote.

That suggests two things. One is that the workings of Capitol Hill haven't changed much over 166 years. The other is that an outsider's perspective can be provocative and unwelcome - but insightful. And with that mind, we want to introduce you to Comment is free's first geographical off-shoot, Comment is free America.

Since Comment is free started in March 2006, debates about the politics and policies of America, and in particular the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  and its government, have been a backbone of the site. Last year, the Guardian also launched Guardian America, an online branch of the Guardian aimed at American and international readers, building up our staff in the US and greatly expanding our Washington DC bureau.

In recent months, during the Republican and Democratic primaries, the level of interest in news and opinion from the US has soared. So the next logical step happens today: the launch of Cif America, a sub-site of Cif concentrating on original commentary on and about America, with editing and commissioning run out of Washington DC - as well as sharing the work of those Guardian commentators, such as Gary Younge and Jonathan Freedland, who regularly write about America. Similarly, the work of Guardian America commentators such as Michael Tomasky will continue to be shared with Cif.

So what will the difference be? First and foremost, more coverage of the US, not just on its politics but also its economy and social and cultural issues. (Over time we will be able to carry expanded coverage of Canada, Mexico and Latin America Latin America, the Spanish-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and French-speaking countries (except Canada) of North America, South America, Central America, and the West Indies. .) It means more room for our regular contributors, such as Dan Kennedy Daniel Hoffard "Dan" Kennedy (born July 22, 1982) is an American goalkeeper with the Puerto Rico Islanders, a football team in the USL First Division.

Born in Fullerton, California, Kennedy attended El Dorado High School.
, Melissa McEwan and Dean Baker. Over the next few weeks we'll be introducing more new writers as well as familiar names such as Matt Yglesias Matt Yglesias (born May 18, 1981) is a popular American political blogger and a prominent voice in the liberal blogosphere.

Yglesias went to high school at The Dalton School in New York City and later attended Harvard University where he studied philosophy.
 and others. Most of the contributors to Cif America will be locals, along with the odd expatriate Expatriate

An employee who is a U.S. citizen living and working in a foreign country.
 and visitor (like Charles Dickens - who would have made a excellent blogger).

The good news for Cif readers interested in America is that they will be able to find everything in one place on Cif America. And they will just as easily be able to visit the Cif front page for everything else. Cif readers not interested in commentary about America will get to endure fewer articles about baseball or the minutiae mi·nu·ti·a  
n. pl. mi·nu·ti·ae
A small or trivial detail: "the minutiae of experimental and mathematical procedure" Frederick Turner.
 of US congressional elections. It's also worth saying that extra coverage of America does not going less coverage of anything else, or any other part of the world.

The Guardian's website long ceased to be a mainly British news and comment site. Roughly 60% of guardian.co.uk's readers come from outside the UK, with around half of that figure being in the US. The recent presidential primaries saw a huge appetite for US news and opinion from around the world, according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 our readership data. In the run-up to the presidential elections in November that appetite will, if anything, increase as the United States edges closer to electing its first African American African American Multiculture A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. See Race.  head of state, and the issues of race and society that will provoke. The contest between Barack Obama and John McCain will highlight the faultlines that run through the US.. Then there's the perilous state of the US economy, flirting between recession, a weak dollar and a vast government deficit. The next president faces a daunting daunt  
tr.v. daunt·ed, daunt·ing, daunts
To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.



[Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin
 challenge just to start balancing the books. There's the legacy of President Bush and America's foreign policy in the post-Bush era. And there's the continent's struggle to adjust to rocketing oil prices, and the on-going debate over how to tackle climate change. So please stick around - there's plenty to talk about.

Feel free to leave us a comment telling us what you think we should be covering on Cif America. Maybe you'd like to write for us as well?

In the meantime Adv. 1. in the meantime - during the intervening time; "meanwhile I will not think about the problem"; "meantime he was attentive to his other interests"; "in the meantime the police were notified"
meantime, meanwhile
, come and have a look around at Cif America.
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