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Chapter 43 

Claire threatens Frank while Frank makes a politically bold move that may provoke Russia.



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Seth Grayson
Heather Dunbar
Edward Meechum
Catherine Durant
VP Donald Blythe
Cynthia Driscoll
Elizabeth Hale
Dr. Saxon
Mercedes Herrero ...
Director of National Intelligence


Claire threatens Frank while Frank makes a politically bold move that may provoke Russia.

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LeAnn is sitting on her sofa talking on a phone to Claire - when the shot changes from up-front to the other side of the room, LeAnn's composition changes. Glass is no longer on the edge of the sofa but in her hand, position of her feet changes noticeably and she's holding the phone differently. See more »


Charlie Gibson: There has been an attempted assassination of the president. President Frank Underwood has been shot. It occurred about ten minutes ago during a campaign event at Hammond University in Washington, D.C. We do not yet know how severely the president has been wounded. He is en route to Jefferson Memorial Hospital. We don't know how serious his condition may be. Footage of the assassination attempt is still making its way to us, and we expect to have that shortly. Witnesses are reporting that there ...
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What 'House of Cards' gets it right and what gets it wrong on 2016
4 March 2016 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

Anger is the central motivation that a pollster identifies in the American voters. But the reason for this anger is given in a too simplistic way. Russia (really?) manipulates in some way the oil prize to save their own economy, and this wreaks havoc on the gas costs in the USA. And, as in a time machine, we are catapulted back to the 1970s with queues lining up at the gas stations and people showing their rage while waiting.

But the anger of the American people in 2016 is different. It has amassed in the last couple of decades not by outside influences but through the deterioration of political discourse up to the point of a noisy minority constantly on the edge of high treason. It is about being lied to, being betrayed, the political class being totally unresponsive.

This rage is portrayed in the episode, and its face is the ex-reporter Lucas Goodwin, who was recently released from prison. The look of anger is the powerlessness of the ordinary man.

While the episode didn't get the anger thing right, it is correct on race relations in the political context. In the same way, as black lives don't matter, black voters are only relevant in the scheming of white politicians. White people use the situation of the African- Americans to unfold their political strategies, nothing else.

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