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In his inaugural speech, the president vowed to engage with other countries so as to "lift suspicion and fear." He should reach out to forge a more sane and sensible relationship with Cuba.

Barack Obama

From Cuba to climate change to criminal justice, progressives must push the president to act—and forge a better future.

Nation readers provided good ideas—and a bit of wariness—when asked how Obamas should use his presidential authority.

Google campus

Left undiscussed in the FTC’s investigation is the search giant’s ability to limit what we all read.  

Toy soldiers

The Roberts Court has shifted away from the very collective values and ideas that will be necessary to enact—and uphold—crucial policies on guns and mental health.

Dollar bills

In the looming debt-ceiling fight, progressives must make the case for protecting social programs, raising revenues and cutting the Pentagon budget.

What really happened on Capitol Hill this week, and a look ahead to the budget battles on the horizon. 

John Kerry

Here are just a few things the Foreign Relations Committee should be asking Obama’s nominee for secretary of state.

Democrats introduced a gun control bill on the first day of the new Congress. But can they overcome the NRA?

California flag

Local and state governments are gaining the ability to restore basic services and infrastructure.

Blogs

The Democratic think tank Third Way relies on money from corporate interests, lobbyists and Republican donors.

December 3, 2013

Not quite.

December 3, 2013

The incoming DHS chief represents a narrative shift for the agency away from immigration enforcement.

December 2, 2013

Citizens and a challenger pressure a Maine senator to abandon opposition to a bill that would require reports on civilian casulaties.

November 25, 2013

Anti-poverty leaders discuss the need to move from just playing defense to working together to achieve a shared agenda.

November 25, 2013

Make no mistake—filibuster reform is good not just for governance but for progressive policy. 

November 21, 2013

As the disparity between rich and poor has grown, so have gaps in life expectancy between counties, towns, and even neighborhoods. 

November 20, 2013

Members of Business Roundtable, a corporate lobby advocating for cuts to retirees’ benefts, have retirement acounts more than 1,200 times the size of the median American worker's. 

November 19, 2013

Five Witnesses to Hunger came to Capitol Hill to talk poverty and hunger with Congress.

November 19, 2013

Commanders are also encouraging service members to lobby against Senator Gillibrand’s bill. 

November 15, 2013