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How the deal at the Copenhagen climate change summit came about--and why it may not be a real deal.

In an exclusive interview with The Nation, David Plouffe, former campaign manager of Obama for America, talks healthcare, messaging, and organizing after election day.

Obama's Nobel speech offered a distorted view of America's role in the world and a shallow understanding of just war.

In an exclusive interview with The Nation, David Plouffe, former campaign manager of Obama for America, talks healthcare, messaging, and organizing after election day.

It is one thing to rob us blind by rewarding the power elite that created our problems but quite another to sugarcoat it in the rhetoric of a David taking on those Goliaths.

The real purpose of sending 30,000 soldiers to Afghanistan is to make Obama look tough as he heads toward the next US presidential election.

Is it possible to oppose the war in Afghanistan and still support the president? The Nation's Chris Hayes thinks so.

In making Afghanistan the key to America's national security strategy against terrorism, Obama has chosen to perpetuate some damaging myths.

The expediency of Obama's Afghanistan decision was transparent. Satisfy the generals by sending 30,000 more troops. Satisfy the public with a timeline for beginning withdrawals of those same troops, without a timeline for completing withdrawal.

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A contemporary State of the Union address is less an assessment of our national circumstances than it is a collective Rorschach test: an inkblot given meaning by the viewer more than by the subject. The televised pageantry of applause and ovations has little to do with the President's articulation of a policy agenda and far more to do with how his partisan allies and opponents read the electoral viability of his phrases.

January 28, 2010

It was a pleasure to listen to a State of the Union address, especially after eight years of his predecessor's alarmist warnings and warlike thundering, in which war, terrorism, and "rogue states" went almost unmentioned.

January 28, 2010

Say what you will about Barack Obama. But don't accuse the president of veering from the course he charted at a point when his term was new, his popularity ratings were high and Americans took seriously all that talk of "hope" and "change."

January 27, 2010

There's lots of progressive backlash in the blogosphere to the announcement that the president is going to call for a multi-year freeze on "non-security discretionary spending," in the State of the Union. The anger is totally justified, but let me talk about the politics.

January 26, 2010

How will the war in Afghanistan end? This isn't a trick question. The answer is simple: the war will end when President Obama signs an order ending it; that is, when the president tells his commanders: "It's over."

January 25, 2010

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