Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel joined Democracy Now!‘s Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez to discuss Obama’s opportunity to aggressively pursue a progressive agenda in his first 100 days in office. He could start, Heuvel said, by reversing some the Bush administration’s most egregious executive orders, such as repealing the global gag rule, closing Guantanamo, and lifting restrictions that prohibit California from limiting greenhouse emissions of cars and trucks. The video below considers how US-Russian relations may change under an Obama presidency and the need for the United States to engage more with Russia, an issue Vanden Heuvel feels is absent within the mainstream media’s foreign policy coverage.

Erica Landau