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A democratic Middle East makes America more safe, says Nation contributor Melissa Harris-Perry.

Voters

Obama's inauguration broke racial barriers, but today most black Americans are worse off than before.

Princeton Professor Cornel West says the president has failed to deliver to the constituencies that voted him into office, The Nation's Melissa Hariss-Perry says that criticism is too vague.

To launch his reelection bid, the president took up a longstanding American tradition: extrajudicial political assassinations.

Barack Obama

As a black man, Obama's confident knowledge of his lineage is precisely the thing that makes his American identity dubious.

Why indeed is Bradley Manning the one behind bars and not the government officials who kept hidden unpleasant truths about this nation’s policies?

Will he risk multiple military quagmires or campaign on a pledge to pull troops out of Afghanistan and Pakistan and drones out of Pakistan and Libya?

If the GOP has their way in the budget battles, they'll force a childish and unproductive government shutdown.

If Obama's campaign manager has a bad history with the very constituents that elected the president, how will that shape 2012?

Jim Messina, Obama's Enforcer

The president's re-election campaign manager has alienated grassroots constituencies.

Blogs

Obama pledged to deliver "Medicare for all," should he have stuck with that?

February 2, 2011

Obama must stand up and fight for the safety net. 

February 2, 2011

A response to Robert Dreyfuss, Reed on the facts behind the State of the Union Address and reader mail.

January 28, 2011

The American public will see the value of Obama's messages as Democrats and Republicans work out the details.

January 27, 2011

The president's adviser offered few specifics of how the president planned to make promised new investments while observing a five-year domestic spending freeze.

January 27, 2011

In the State of the Union speech, Barack Obama did get applause for saying that the US stands with the people of Tunisia. Now, he didn't mention the two decades of support the US had given the dictatorship.
 

January 26, 2011

Obama's strong defense of Social Security is a win for progressives, who campaigned to preserve New Deal safety net. But this was neither a progressive nor a conservative speech; it was old-school centrist from start to finish.

January 26, 2011

Obama will deliver his take on the State of the Union tonight, and while Congress has bickered about bipartisan seating, it doesn't matter where anyone sits because the profiteers who define what’s possible in our politics have already barred any serious solution to what ails us.

January 25, 2011

President Obama is going to have a good night. His speech will be a success. But what about the policies? Will he signal a right turn with an eye toward the 2012 election or do what's right for the country in 2011?

January 25, 2011

Senator Bernie Sanders and progressive groups are urging the president to avoid any talk of cutting Social Security. Instead, Sanders says, he should use the SOTU to "stand by your campaign promises to strengthen Social Security."

January 24, 2011