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As Clinton and Obama square off in South Carolina, a window opens on the fractured state of black politics. It's been an extended soul search. And it ain't over yet.

Have the dreams of the civil rights movement been realized or deferred?

The combined power of Oprah & Obama could reinvigorate our embattled political landscape.

A visionary candidate for a new America.

Clinton, Edwards, Obama: behind the branding, they're more similar than you think.

Can America survive the tedium of its black and female candidates?

It felt a bit like Election Day in Iowa this weekend, as Democratic candidates at Senator Tom Harkin's Steak Fry served up appetizers of the campaign to come.

What in the world was Clinton thinking when she attacked Obama for pledging not to use nuclear weapons in the hunt for Osama bin Laden?

Obama thinks Jackson's endorsement will give him a rocket boost with black voters. It won't.

Barack Obama's political vision grew out of his early experiences as a community organizer in Chicago.

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“This freeze would cut the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade, bringing this kind of spending -- domestic discretionary spending -- to its lowest share of our economy since Dwight Eisenhower was President. Let me repeat that...."

That was our president announcing his 2012 budget. And indeed let's repeat that — and note a few things he didn't say.

February 16, 2011

A budget plan that cuts over 200 federal programs and expands military spending reveals the president's misplaced priorities.

February 15, 2011

Katrina vanden Heuvel on MSNBC Live with Cenk Uygur talks about Obama's 2011 budget.

February 15, 2011

Obama's budget rejects the steep cuts advocated by Republicans and his deficit commission. But the president is still playing on the GOP’s turf by emphasizing cuts instead of jobs.

February 14, 2011

The president's budget is a compromise document. Republicans say it does not go far enough. But it slashes low-income heating assistance, community programs, higher-ed loans and environmental clean-up in low-income neighborhoods. Obama and his aides “aren’t giving us a very wise set of choices,” says Democrat Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

February 14, 2011

The Ohio congressman says challenge would help the president by forcing him to rethink his stands on jobs, taxes, war—and to respect the Democratic base. Updated.

February 11, 2011

President Obama delivered a lovely speech essentially celebrating the transition of power in Egypt. Then, a few hours later, Mubarak announced he was staying.

February 10, 2011

An old school mate remembers Frank Wisner, our man—or not—in Egypt.

February 8, 2011

After hedging its bets for two weeks, the Obama administration must make clear whether it stands with pro-democracy activists in Egypt.

February 7, 2011

Is Obama Reagan? 

February 6, 2011