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With the departure of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from Washington and the arrival of Barack Obama, it may just be back to the future when it comes to torture policy.

The Nation's Ari Melber gives varying degrees of success to President Obama's claims of transparency.

Graduates of the Bush years, initiates of the Obama era, here's a commencement address that's suitably obscure and yet somehow ringing.

Obama's signature economic reforms are under siege. Without a grassroots challenge to business as usual, we won't get the change we were promised, much less the change we need.

The Obama administration is focused on cutting healthcare costs, but that may be easier said than done.

So far, there's much to be optimistic about. But the bank bailout and Afghanistan policy are cause for continued concern.

Listen to full audio of The Nation's spirited Washington DC forum, "Obama @ 100: A Progress Report from The Nation."

Three months into the Obama era, the euphoria of the election has begun to dissipate.

President Obama needs to ditch the idiot savants of high finance and bring in advisers dedicated to doing something more than gaming the economy.

For the Labor Department damaged by eight years of Bush neglect, help is finally on the way.

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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

Even Pentagon lawyers admit the war was not properly launched and is not being properly maintained. It is time for Congress to step up and say: "Stop!"

June 22, 2011

For the last year, Senate Republicans have used the confirmation process to block nominees, de-staff agencies, and overturn the president's agenda piece by piece.

June 20, 2011