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Even if we like President Obama, do we want him to be a one-man death panel?

Obama in a camera's viewfinder

The president's inaugural address touched all the important bases, except one.

Protest against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Awaiting a Keystone decision, environmentalists make a historic vow to engage in mass civil disobedience. 

The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn talks with The Nation's Bryce Covert and George Zornick about what Obama can—and should—tackle in his second term. 

Barack Obama

There are many measures the president could take to restore civil liberties—if he wanted to.

Barack Obama

From Cuba to climate change to criminal justice, progressives must push the president to act—and forge a better future.

Nation readers provided good ideas—and a bit of wariness—when asked how Obamas should use his presidential authority.

In his second inaugural address, the president stood for collective action, solidarity, social justice. Now let’s make him act on it.

Obama delivers his inaugural address

President Obama’s symbolic recognition of minorities isn’t a substitute for policy, but it does matter.

Weldon Angelos

Cases like that of Weldon Angelos, who was given a fifty-five-year sentence for selling marijuana, cry out for mercy. But calls for clemency have fallen on deaf ears.

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President Obama laid out the right vision—what will the anti-poverty movement do to help get us there?

January 25, 2013

The majority of citizens support progressive agenda items like cuts in defense spending and higher taxes on the very rich.

January 23, 2013

It makes no sense to suggest that a poor child could ever have “the same chance to succeed as anybody else.”

January 22, 2013

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow incorrectly stated that no protest permits were requested for President Obama’s second inauguration.

January 22, 2013

Obama’s second inaugural address laid out a new progressive vision. Now we must make it real.

January 21, 2013

Like FDR, Obama should use his second inaugural address to make the vital connection between election results and governing results.

January 20, 2013

Every evidence suggests, in the absence of the reforms proposed by Senators Jeff Merkley and Elizabeth Warren, any debate about meaningful gun-safety legislation will be preempted, any action obstructed.

January 18, 2013

Some members want to end this standoff over the debt ceiling—and all others. 

January 17, 2013

The attention showered on the NRA doesn’t match up with its actual political influence.

January 15, 2013

Cracking down on high-powered guns is not a progressive issue but rather a “sanity issue” that Obama should take on now.

January 15, 2013