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Obama breaks new ground when it comes to war with Iran.

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Shouldn't it be obvious that birth control coverage is about women's health, not “religious freedom”?

The Obama administration's alternatives to large-scale military operations are, in some ways, far more drastic and dangerous for US interests around the globe.

Betrayal by the “good guys” for whom we have ended up voting has become the norm.

But Washington won't follow through unless the grassroots insurgency of Wisconsin and Occupy grows.

President Obama making calls to members of Congress

Obama and America's hundred-year struggle over healthcare reform.

The swirl of controversy over Jodi Kantor’s biography reflects deep cultural anxieties about the limits we place on women in power.

With the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act, the president has brought Guantánamo-style justice to the United States.

The defense authorization bill that Congress passed and President Obama had threatened to veto will soon become law, a fact that should be met with public outrage.

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The president has started talking like a populist. It took the Occupy movement to make him do it.

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The president needs a new speechwriter because, right now, he's reinforcing GOP messaging.

March 5, 2010

The fates of Iran and Iraq are inextricably linked. But Obama doesn't seem to get it.

March 5, 2010

For more than a year, President Obama remained on the sidelines of the health care debate -- chiming in now and again with sometimes-inspired, sometimes-disappointing rhetoric about broad values while members of Congress did the heavy lifting.

February 22, 2010

President Obama has labored to unite different political factions with policy compromises and conciliatory speeches. But it was Obama's incisive grappling at the Republican retreat last week that really lit a bipartisan fire, drawing politicos and commentators of all stripes to call for more questions sessions for the President and the opposition party.

February 3, 2010

David Plouffe, the Obama campaign manager who was recently tapped for an "expanded role" advising the White House, just cut a video briefing Obama supporters on plans for the coming election year.

February 2, 2010

Watching Barack Obama become President of the United States made me proud and hopeful, but I also found the experience somewhat amusing. I think many of us who were his Hyde Park neighbors and Illinois state senate constituents feel the same way. We may have always believed he was extraordinary, but because he was familiar it is sometimes hard to believe that he is now, as president, the purveyor of such power and the object of such scorn.

January 29, 2010

You know how you can tell the Age of Reagan has ended? Because at his State of the Union address, Barack Obama didn't do any of those ordinary-folks-who-make-a-difference shout-outs to the gallery, as every POTUS (that is, Populist of the United States) has since the Gipper's first SOTU in 1982. But if Obama had called on someone, given the frustrated and hectoring nature of his speech, I bet I know who he would have liked to ask to stand up and take a bow: James O'Keefe, the putative pimp and ACORN slayer.

January 29, 2010

President Obama renewed his call for health-care reform in his first State of the Union address but, as has been the case from the start of the current debate over how to get more medical care at less cost, he provided little in the way of leadership.

January 28, 2010

Yesterday it was security, today's it's recovery: another nifty, ubiquitous word that means a whole lot of different things to different people.

January 28, 2010

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