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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.
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.
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