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More than a wish list, he offers a framework for 2015 legislative fights and the 2016 campaign.

Graduation

The president’s plan to make two years of community college free for some students could solve some of higher education’s most intractable problems.

Raul Castro

The president knows US policy has been a failure. Here’s how he can make a breakthrough, in the little time he has left.

“Don't do stupid stuff”—his shorthand for avoiding unnecessary entanglements—actually has deep roots in US strategic thinking.

Girls for Gender Equity

Black girls face daunting odds, too. Why does My Brother’s Keeper neglect their struggles?

President Obama

Obama takes himself to be something like a benevolent monarch—a king in a mixed constitutional system, where the duties of the crown are largely ceremonial. 

President Obama

On issues ranging from transparency to torture, “thou shalt not” became “thou shalt.”

State of the Union

Only continued pressure from grassroots activists will force Washington to do the right thing.

Blogs

There are no geographic boundaries in Obama’s proposed AUMF, and ISIL “affiliates” are popping up everywhere.

February 20, 2015

Inking a deal with Iran soon would box the Israeli Prime Minister into denouncing a major foreign policy achievement.

February 11, 2015

If he doesn't read the writing on the bank notes, the president will be remembered as “Wrong-Way Obama.”

February 9, 2015

The mission isn't “over”… it’s just been reassigned.

February 4, 2015

Ashton Carter will tell the Senate Wednesday he would recommend more troops if conditions “degrade.”

February 4, 2015

GOP megadonor Paul Singer and Hillary Clinton booster Richard Perry have more in common than you’d think.

February 3, 2015

In his State of the Union address last night, Obama pitched universal childcare and paid leave—for both mothers and fathers.

January 21, 2015

The president’s request for a quick trade deal was met with silence.

January 21, 2015

More than a wish list, he offers a framework for 2015 legislative fights and the 2016 campaign.

January 21, 2015

The new senator from Iowa credits the billionaires and their allies: they “really started my trajectory.”

January 20, 2015