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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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Whoever scheduled the special election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Edward Kennedy on January 19 did Barack Obama no favors.

January 19, 2010

All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for the presidency on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's historic "I have a dream" speech. He was inaugurated the day after our national holiday celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. King. Many asked if Obama's presidency was the realization of King's dream. Cultural products, from t-shirts to YouTube videos, linked Obama's election to King's legacy.

January 17, 2010

A suddenly populist Barack Obama tore into the Republicans for siding with banks rather than consumers and taxpayers Sunday in Boston, hoping that his fiery rhetoric would revive the candidacy of embattled Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley.

January 17, 2010

Barack Obama has responded to the devastating earthquake in Haiti with precisely the combination of dignity and determination that Americans--who were so frustrated by the disengagement of former President George Bush after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2006--expected when they elected him.

January 17, 2010

Joe Biden once remarked that Barack Obama was "clean" and "articulate." He is now Vice President. During the Democratic primaries Hillary Clinton invoked Robert Kennedy in a way that implied Barack Obama's assassination was imminent. She is now the Secretary of State. It is foolish to suggest Senator Harry Reid should step down as Senate majority leader because of his 2008 assessment that Barack Obama's election was more likely because he is "light-skinned" and free from "Negro dialect."

January 11, 2010

Stop the presses! Harry Reid said the word "Negro" and, worse, suggested that white people are less afraid of light-skinned blacks who don't use double negatives. But by now you've heard this latest juicy tidbit to drop out of the much-discussed 2008 campaign recap Game Change. Yes, America, our Senate majority leader had the gall to spell out candidate Barack Obama's formula for creating his post-racial brand.

 

January 11, 2010

The Obama speech was about what I expected: on the one hand/on the other hand, I reject false choices, needle-threading "pragmatism." I have to say I find this rhetorical approach increasingly wearying. There always seems to be the implication, hidden between the lines, that only the author of the speech truly understands how complicated the world is. During the race speech, that was appropriate and affecting: there are few people who've experienced race in as much of its full complexity as Barack Obama. But I don't think the same thing holds for war and peace.

December 10, 2009

As details of a woefully weak climate deal emerges, Africa's love affair with Obama is cooling fast.

December 8, 2009

How Obama could save or scuttle a deal in Copenhagen, and why he needs civil society to push him.

December 7, 2009

Young people urge their Senators to support cutting wasteful subsidies to student loan companies, and to invest at least $40 billion in the Pell grant program.

October 7, 2009