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Barack Obama has mobilized the most connected national constituency in history. But can he use it to govern?

It's time for progressives to create coalitions and craft smart strategies that will push Obama and the new Congress to seize this moment.

Don't assume that the end of the Bush administration marks the end of the imperial presidency he established.

Richard Kim and Sarah Posner on the Obama's controversial embrace of Rick Warren. Plus: Ari Berman on Howard Dean's legacy and more.

Obama's selection of Rick Warren as an inauguration speaker has infuriated liberals and conservatives. Here's why.

Pulitzer Prize winner James Risen discusses the rise in executive power during Bush's tenure and the media's failure after 9/11.

When Obama needs a hammer, National Security Adviser James Jones will provide one.

This essay, a finalist in The Nation's Student Writing Contest, argues that the best presidents are humble, open to new options and eager to learn.

Glenn Greenwald discusses the implications of lame duck Bush actions on Barack Obama's plan to close Gitmo.

This essay, a finalist in The Nation's Student Writing Contest, argues that the success of the new President will depend on his ability to initiate a transition from postindustrial society to a new era of civilization.

Blogs

The president gets support for humanitarian efforts, but wise voices warn of mission creep.

August 11, 2014

“The CIA’s misconduct threatens the institution of the Senate and its role in ensuring the proper oversight of our government,” Senator Leahy says.

August 1, 2014

A new report reveals that the NSA spied on five prominent American Muslims.

July 9, 2014

There's a reason corporations want the TPP negotiations secret—it wouldn’t pass otherwise.

May 15, 2014

The right-wing attack machine defeats Debo Adegbile’s nomination to head DOJ Civil Rights Division.

March 5, 2014

Money spent on lobbying in DC now enjoys a 22,000% return on investment.

February 25, 2014

It’s a big moment for hundreds of thousands of workers, as well as progressive activists.

February 12, 2014

Issuing executive orders is nothing new, especially with regard to federal contractors. So why the vitriol?

February 11, 2014

The Republican in charge of the House Intelligence Committee says journalists should be prosecuted for reports based on Edward Snowden’s leaks.

February 4, 2014

The president’s “income inequality” address had plenty of strengths, but one big weakness.

January 28, 2014