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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

Congress needs to amend the financial reform bill to demand an audit and accountability.

May 3, 2010

Unlike Obama, and Reagan, she celebrates power for the sake of power.

April 18, 2010

 Immigration is shaping up to be one of the next big fights, and it has the potential to be far, far messier—and more violent—than the health care battle.

March 26, 2010

Obama's latest fix is a step in the right direction, but just a step.

March 26, 2010

 After early struggles and White House hurdles, Obama's grassroots arm says it helped swing tangible votes for health care reform.

March 22, 2010

 A new participatory documentary captures the excitement of Obama's election.

March 10, 2010

The president needs a new speechwriter because, right now, he's reinforcing GOP messaging.

March 5, 2010

The fates of Iran and Iraq are inextricably linked. But Obama doesn't seem to get it.

March 5, 2010

For more than a year, President Obama remained on the sidelines of the health care debate -- chiming in now and again with sometimes-inspired, sometimes-disappointing rhetoric about broad values while members of Congress did the heavy lifting.

February 22, 2010

President Obama has labored to unite different political factions with policy compromises and conciliatory speeches. But it was Obama's incisive grappling at the Republican retreat last week that really lit a bipartisan fire, drawing politicos and commentators of all stripes to call for more questions sessions for the President and the opposition party.

February 3, 2010