Alexander Panetta

Alexander Panetta is a Washington-based correspondent for CBC News who has covered American politics and Canada-U.S. issues since 2013. He previously worked in Ottawa, Quebec City and internationally, reporting on politics, conflict, disaster and the Montreal Expos.

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Why U.S. gun reform keeps failing in the face of unspeakable tragedy

The chance of gun reform appears remote in the U.S., even though a small group has begun inter-party talks to gauge whether there are enough votes to pass limited reforms But these efforts are butting up against powerful forces: toxic partisanship, institutional inertia, and a history of failure.

Will abortion upend American politics? Here's what the early polling tells us

Early polling on the abortion issue in the United States shows subtle attitude shifts among the public and tells us about whether it has any potential to shape the midterm elections in November.

U.S. Senator: Canada's a freeloader on defence and it's getting tiring

A U.S. senator derided Canada as a freeloader on defence during a high-profile congressional hearing and he suggested he's getting fed up with it. As American politicians prepare to send billions more to Ukraine, this one says the U.S. is shouldering too much of the burden.

The future of the U.S. abortion battle: Think pills, not clinics

Abortion is an old battle. Pills are the new one. Most abortions are now with pills taken at home and we're about to witness a multi-front feud throughout the United States. Abortion foes may find it harder to crack down on pills than on clinics — and some Americans see Canada as a front in that battle.

Abortion could light a powder keg in the U.S. Here's what happens in the aftermath

Should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, first we'd see bans in two-dozen states. Next up: fights over cross-border movement of people, pills, and payments as a country already awash in culture wars opens the floodgates to new feuds.

How would abortion work in the U.S. post-Roe v. Wade? Just look at Texas

If the U.S. Supreme Court soon overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, the country could see archipelagos of abortion access — and the next battle will be over travel across state lines for procedures. It's happening in Texas.

This month is a test of Donald Trump's political power

Today marks the start of a month-long political experiment: A test of Donald Trump’s power as he contemplates a political comeback. He's gotten involved in a series of primaries over three upcoming dates that will gauge his sway over Republican voters — and perhaps shape the outlook of the 2024 presidential election.

The backstory on a U.S. book-ban blitz and an unlikely target: A book about cute babies

How did a book-ban blitz ensnare a book about adorable infants? The tale of Everywhere Babies involves censorship, hypocrisy, and details distorted in the fog of a culture war creeping across the U.S.

Inside Alberta's plan to build its own diplomacy in the U.S.

The province of Alberta has launched multimillion-dollar efforts to promote itself in the United States. The plans are outlined in new U.S. document filings. It comes amid battles over energy, and the feeling Alberta has been neglected.

How to spot Canadians in a U.S. airport — look for lots of masks

How do you spot the Canadians in a U.S. airport? Look for lots of masks. The U.S. no longer has a mask requirement for travel after a court decision, leading to uneven rules within the continent. Canadian flights still require masks. All that makes for striking differences within the same airport.