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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.

Obama's flawed tax compromise is just the latest result of the Democrats' failure to clearly explain their vision for this country's economic future.

Educating Americans about this administration's healthcare successes is easier than Obama thinks.

For Kim and Reed, Obama's caving to Republican pressure on extending tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans was a defeat, even if it resulted in some good results for progressives. But if the Democrats are compromising their values now, how does this bode for upcoming legislative battles?

Will the tax deal result in Keynes-style stimulus? Washington Editor Christopher Hayes and Tyler Cowen, an economics professor at George Mason University, break down Keynesianism and what it says about Obama's tax cuts deal.

The Nation's Sasha Abramsky and Obama's Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske, speak at length about the administration's drug reform agenda.

On October 1, just one month before Californians voted on Proposition 19, Sasha Abramsky spoke by phone with Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, about prospects for drug reform in America.

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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

The Obama administration’s legal justification for expanding military action in Iraq and Syria is hypocritical and based on tenuous logic.

September 11, 2014