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What is the state of the union? You certainly couldn’t tell from that platitudinous hogwash that the president dished out.

In year three, will Obama heed the lessons of Clinton or Reagan?

Why are we still in Afghanistan? Might it have something to do with the myth of national security—or, more accurately, national insecurity, since it always tells us who and what to fear?

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.

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The congressional showdown has given us an exciting glimpse of what the future might look like if they lead the way for a liberal insurgency.

December 12, 2014

Despite the important policy changes outlined by the president last night, around six million undocumented immigrants will remain “deportable.”

November 21, 2014

Knowing that many will be left out, parents and children nervously await the executive orders the president will reveal Thursday evening.

November 20, 2014

Executive action could eradicate dark-money flows through government contractors. 

November 10, 2014

The president calls for the reclassification of Internet services under telecommunications in the name of an open Internet.

November 10, 2014

Focusing on state races where he can generate turnout makes political and policy sense for Obama.

October 30, 2014

Obama should offer clemency to Snowden for revealing the alarming truth to the American people.

October 29, 2014

The founders would not have been shocked at the executive seeking to claim the war power, but they would be astounded at Congress voluntarily giving it up.

September 30, 2014

How dare Obama salute someone without first tossing his coffee cup aside?

September 24, 2014

The United States can’t create peace by military force. We can only add to the destruction.

September 16, 2014