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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.

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.

Blogs

Why does the White House keep telling reporters the public is lining up behind the trade push?

May 13, 2015

The White House has been going hard against Elizabeth Warren for making this claim—but she’s right.

May 12, 2015

The “reach across the aisle” was going according to plan... until the Populist Avenger showed up.

May 12, 2015

The president’s suggestion that his critics do not understand trade issues is “absolutely inaccurate.”

May 11, 2015

But hey, we’re sure someone will be held accountable for the thousands of civilian deaths at some point...right?

April 28, 2015

Obama's barb worked because it had the ring of truth.

April 27, 2015

In a lengthy call with reporters, Obama pushed back hard on liberal criticisms of his trade bill.

April 24, 2015

The late author influenced a whole generation of Latin American leftists. 

April 13, 2015

There are no geographic boundaries in Obama’s proposed AUMF, and ISIL “affiliates” are popping up everywhere.

February 20, 2015

Inking a deal with Iran soon would box the Israeli Prime Minister into denouncing a major foreign policy achievement.

February 11, 2015