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Bill Clinton embraced the corporate money guys in an effort to purchase a second term. On Tuesday, Barack Obama veered sharply down that same course.

A new edict from the United Nations Security Council could put women at the center of peace processes in Afghanistan and around the world.

It is amazing that folks like Gene Sperling and William Daley, the very people who created this banking meltdown, are rewarded with ever more important positions in our government.

Eric Alterman, columnist for The Nation, and the author of the new book Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama, appeared on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show to comment on the shooting in Arizona, his book and President Barack Obama.

Could the Senate start getting things done, if only legislators didn't have to face filibuster threats? This week on The Breakdown: the history of the filibuster, and how to get rid of it.

The repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the passage of a landmark food safety bill and the narrow defeat of the DREAM Act all prove that organizing and educating across issues really works.

When considering Obama's presidency in the long view, remember that history provides many more examples of thwarted resistance than it does of sweeping social change.

Lincoln didn't start out as the Great Emancipator. If Obama follows his lead, maybe he can still give us real change.

Did the press do a fair job on covering Obama's tax deal compromise? What does the tax deal really mean for America?

With the US set to remain in Afghanistan until 2014, the war has taken on a life of its own, disconnected from any strategic goal.

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Obama did do something of potentially great significance today: open the door for Congress to make the big changes that he won’t. 

January 17, 2014

Obama is right to address concerns about intelligence gathering. But that's not enough to restore privacy protection.

January 17, 2014

A transcript of the president's speech on national security and intelligence reforms

January 17, 2014

Obama’s Review Group is about to join a federal judge in blasting the NSA’s data collection overreach, it appears.

December 17, 2013

How do the two trailblazers compare?

December 11, 2013

I wanted a president who believed in the same issues that I did. Yet for many of us, what came after Obama’s campaign was a string of broken promises. 

December 11, 2013

While Obama described his vision for an economy defined by mobility, Senator Debbie Stabenow cut a deal for at least another $8 billion in food stamp cuts. 

December 6, 2013

In a speech Wednesday, the President said economic inequality will be "the defining challenge" of his remaining time in office. 

December 4, 2013

FDR took on ”greed and selfishness and striving for undue riches.”

November 27, 2013

President Obama, aka Middle-Man, is having a rough month.

November 25, 2013