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In the wake of a charismatic speech, it's clear that a substantial majority of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims are rooting for him.

Jon Stewart points out the hypocrisy of withholding the torture photos and the firing openly gay Arabic translator Lt. Dan Choi.

A panel of Nation writers, members of Congress and community activists give their best and worst moments of Obama's first 100 days.

New Yorker editor and staff writer Hendrik Hertzberg, novelist Walter Mosley, Faye Wattleton and Miles Rappaport on Obama's first 100 days and the next 900.

Listen to full audio of The Nation's spirited Washington DC forum, "Obama @ 100: A Progress Report from The Nation."

The Nation's editor and publisher discusses the successes and blemishes on Obama's record over the course of his first 100 days.

Jon Stewart reviews the commentary of the right wingnuts who are
speaking 'crazy to power' and explains the difference between tyranny and losing.

President Obama cracked the White House door for citizens on Thursday, and some of their questions were still bubbling up long after the first virtual town hall ended.

Blogs

According to Washington, the crisis of the hour is the debt ceiling. According to ordinary Americans, the crisis is unemployment.

July 26, 2011

When it comes down to it, President Obama’s 2008 pledge to freeze tax rates on the middle class is a real danger to the future of progressive politics. 

July 25, 2011

New polling suggests liberal disapproval of Obama has spiked since he began talking of putting Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security “on the table” in negotiations with GOP. Vermont Senator says of the moment: “I think it would do this country a good deal of service if people started thinking about candidates out there to begin contrasting a progressive agenda as opposed to what Obama believes he’s doing.”

July 23, 2011

President Obama and Republican leaders are floating another grand bargain, and like the last one, this is regressive and undemocratic.

July 22, 2011

Obama's deal could include deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, without addressing the need for new revenues. That's a bad deal—and progressives are speaking out against it.

July 21, 2011

 The public loves President Obama's rhetoric of austerity and responsibility, but it signals a turn away from the liberal project.

July 21, 2011

Massachusetts might well elect Warren to the Senate, where she could lead the fight for reform.

July 19, 2011

Republican presidential candidates say we should not raise the debt ceiling. Have they lost their minds?

July 12, 2011

The president has reportedly proposed raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67. That's bad fiscal policy, bad economics and bad politics.

July 12, 2011

Katrina vanden Heuvel explains how we have to shift the budget debate from one centered around Washington’s debt crisis into one that looks at the full picture of America’s jobs crisis.

July 11, 2011