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As welcome as it was, the removal of George W. Bush was not enough to cure what ails us.

The Nation asked members of our community and beyond: looking back at Obama's first year in office, what was the high point, and what was your sharpest disappointment?

The upcoming trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is the best news for the print press since Monica Lewinsky.

Building a new political order will take more than one election.

Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel and others discuss what's changed, what's stayed the same and what we still hope to see happen under Obama.

Healthcare reform is looking less like a fantasy and more like a probability--but we need to keep a close watch on affordability, financing and the public option.

By refusing to acknowledge Fox News's avowed partisanship, its MSM defenders diminish the work of honest journalists who try to play fair.

Obama makes reassuring noises about constraining executive power and protecting civil liberties, but then adopts whatever appalling policy Bush put in place.

Will Obama do any better at listening to critics of the Afghan War than Lyndon Johnson did on Vietnam?

Can the United States and Iran negotiate an end to the nuclear standoff?

Blogs

The walkout by CBC members and the House Democratic leader was exactly the right response to the Holder contempt vote. Indeed, it’s a model for future fights.

June 29, 2012

With the ACA upheld, the door has been opened for evolution toward what eventually will be recognized as nationalized healthcare.

June 29, 2012

President Obama’s first use of executive privilege has sparked outrage, of course.

June 25, 2012

The Department of Justice spent $2 to 3 million prosecuting Roger Clemens. Why?

June 20, 2012

Issa has made politics central to his fight with the Obama White House—rather than making a credible case for his demands.

June 20, 2012

If private sector experience is what qualifies Mitt Romney for the presidency, then why not elect Jay-Z?

June 18, 2012

The national obsession with the leak source misses its vital significance: the warped policy and the drones that drive it.

June 12, 2012

Eric on what drives him crazy and Reed reveals the stark choice facing our nation in November.

May 17, 2012

The congressman imagines he’s surrounded by radicals. But it was his own Republican Party, founded by utopian socialists and militant abolitionists, that brought Marxist ideas to Washington and leftists to Congress.

April 13, 2012

What if the justices scrap healthcare reform as the Obama administration imagines it? What if they don't? Nurses say the healthcare crisis will still demand real reform.

March 27, 2012