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The Nation's Ari Melber discusses four major steps that President Obama should undertake to prevent his ratings from declining and gain more support for healthcare reform.

The future of progressive politics and the nature of the American social contract, not to mention the lives and health of millions of our fellow citizens, are up for grabs.

Obama promised to reverse the most egregious aspects of Bush's faith-based policies. So why is he extending them?

Just because President Obama possesses African heritage doesn't mean he couldn't learn a thing or two about the continent's history.

Notwithstanding comparisons to FDR, BHO has proffered far less audacious proposals than we were led to expect.

Since Obama traced his dazzling arc to the presidency, his stance on gay rights has become murkier, and more Clintonian.

The president gets mixed grades on his promises of transparency: good to the public and the press, not so good to the other two branches.

This president does not need to make threats to champion democracy.

Taxing benefits may raise money for Obama's healthcare reform, but it would betray union members who gave up wage increases in order to get decent coverage.

Barack Obama may turn out to be the best pure politician we've seen since Ronald Reagan, but he's also head honcho for the globe's single great garrison state that lives off war and the preparations for future war.

Blogs

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

Gingrich has been criticizing the State Department and calling for its overhaul. 

December 12, 2011

South Korea is turning away from a testing-obsessed educational culture just as the United States is doubling down on test-focused reforms.

September 30, 2011

President Obama is moving forward to reform NCLB unilaterally, but the House GOP has its own plan.

September 23, 2011

Cheney’s autobiography defends his outrageous legacy as George W. Bush’s prince regent. But where’s the chapter on his heroic service in Vietnam?

August 27, 2011

The president and some Republicans like the bipartisan deficit reduction scheme, but Sanders calls it a threat to the safety net and economic fairness.

July 19, 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

Democrats should demand fair taxation, but they cannot support cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in exchange for new revenue.

June 29, 2011

Cynicism abounds as House refuses to authorize the Libya mission but also refuses to defund it. This is John Boehner’s managed chaos; it serves Obama and the military-industrial complex but fails the Constitution.

June 24, 2011