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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 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

Two words: Michael Bloomberg.

November 22, 2010

According to Ari Berman, Obama has failed to connect with the grassroots organizers that helped get him into office, and the results of this misstep can be clearly seen in the outcomes of the 2010 midterms.

November 17, 2010

According to the Center for American Progress, the president has the power to use executive orders, rulemaking and diplomacy to further a progressive agenda without ever consulting Congress.

November 16, 2010

LTC Bob on pan-European military convention and a reader responds to Alterman's attack on Rahm Emanuel.

November 5, 2010

It needn’t take a primary challenge for Obama to recognize that he can no longer take his base for granted.

November 4, 2010