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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

Does the Obama administration have the savvy it needs?

October 14, 2013

The movement is so dramatic that, even with gerrymandering in their favor, Republicans are beginning to look vulnerable.

October 11, 2013

An investigation by the Committee to Protect Journalists concludes that the president has presided over an unprecedented campaign to control the media.

October 10, 2013

President Obama told AP he’d “think about changing” any name “that was offending a sizable group of people.”

October 9, 2013

The protracted fight to get a more qualified woman nominated over a less qualified man is a perfect parable for how hard achieving diversity really is.

September 17, 2013

The top candidate for the Federal Reserve chair withdraws his name from consideration after key Democratic senators said they would oppose him.

September 15, 2013

Union presidents challenged the Obama administration to fix Affordable Care Act issues which they warned could devastate their health plans.

September 12, 2013

The president is right to embrace prospect of removing chemical weapons without military intervention.

September 10, 2013

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) will propose a diplomacy and accountability amendment.

September 10, 2013

The Los Angeles gathering of the nation’s largest labor federation included high-profile Democratic guests, soul-searching about diversity, and signs of a coming floor fight.

September 9, 2013