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Seoul rally

At ceremonies held around the sixtieth anniversary of the Korean armistice, the president sounded bellicose notes, while failing to mention national unification.

Ray Kelly

Obama sounds the notes of racial justice at key moments, while asserting unprecedented power to implement policies that are destructive, discriminatory—and embodied by the NYPD commissioner.

It's not just the government and corporations who are tracking your cell and computer use: politicians on the campaign trail are some of the biggest data snoopers around. 

Susan Rice

There are some hopeful signs, including his recent speech at the National Defense University and a new, less hawkish foreign policy team.

Barack Obama

Until the president defines what “associated forces” are, the current formulation leaves open the possibility of unlimited, unending use of military force anywhere in the world.

Funeral in Iraq

Is there any benefit to be found in an unbroken record of waste, futility and shame? Only if lessons learned prevent a catastrophe in Iran.

Sherrod Brown

The Democratic senator is introducing legislation to break them up, but he’s in an uphill battle—against not only the GOP but his own party.

Protest against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Yes, he said the word “climate”—but he hasn’t committed to any of the big steps needed to avert catastrophe.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Under the leadership of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the Walmart Foundation used generous gifts to grease the way for store expansions.

He may not have achieved the full FDR, but the president’s State of the Union speech, like his Inaugural, displayed a welcome progressive spirit.

Blogs

Without a president who will stand up for the ideals he ran on, even as he seeks resolution, the progressive worldview becomes muted, and the conservative worldview validated.

December 15, 2010

Readers respond to Obama's controversial tax cut compromise.

December 10, 2010

Reed talks media and Obama's tax cut compromise, and argues that the best political route doesn't always cut straight down the middle of the road.

December 9, 2010

The president said many objectionable things in selling his tax- cut plan, but his assertions about America's history of compromising was too much to stomach.

December 8, 2010

Reaction from Obama supporters shows strong opposition to the president's tax cut deal with the GOP.

December 8, 2010

Obama must realize he's fighting about more than tax cuts. It's a defining battle and he can win, if he'd just join it.

December 6, 2010

By flip-flopping on a key campaign pledge to end tax cuts for the wealthy, Obama will only embolden Republicans and deflate an already restless Democratic base.

December 6, 2010

Candidate Barack Obama promised to defend net neutrality. But President Obama's FCC chair is not doing that. It's time for some digital activism to defend digital democracy.

December 1, 2010

Katrina vanden Heuvel joins Byron York and Ron Elving on The Diane Rehm Show to examine Obama's meeting with Republicans and the possibility of an across-the-aisle political coalition.

December 1, 2010

 Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower set an activist standard with their Thanksgiving Proclamations. Obama should emulate it.

November 25, 2010