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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.

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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

The government of The Great Regression tries to repeal healthcare and some long-forgotten silver screen classics.

January 20, 2011

A new Republican Congress eager to please corporations is expected. We weren't expecting such an open display of eagerness from Obama.

January 19, 2011

That’s the unspoken right-wing spin on the president's speech. And just in time for MLK Day, Pat Buchanan says a far-left "lynch mob" has been going after Palin, Beck and Limbaugh.

January 17, 2011

In Tucson, Obama presents an idealistic appeal to a "one nation" Americanism that only the most hopeful of our leaders—and the most hopeful of our citizens—have dared imagine.

January 13, 2011

At his best, Barack Obama is a leader who appeals to our better angels, who rode to the White House on a campaign of "hope." Nowhere was Obama's empathy more needed, and more appropriate, than in Tucson Wednesday night.

January 12, 2011

There may yet be justice for the victims of the post-9/11 United States torture program. Just not in the US.

January 12, 2011