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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

Progressives will march Saturday from the Koch brothers’ headquarters to the UN to demand an end to the attack on voting rights in America.

December 9, 2011

A majority of senators want the former Ohio attorney general to head the Consumer Financial Products Bureau. The president should use a recess appointment to make it so.

December 8, 2011

Cuts in service, shuttering facilities and mass layoffs will hurt workers, communities, the USPS and the economy.

December 6, 2011

The Supercommittee is dead. Here’s what should come next.

December 1, 2011

The liberal firebrand, who will retire from the House next year, championed LGBT rights, worked for a fairer economy and pushed for cutting defense spending.

November 28, 2011

How bad will the supercommittee’s failure be for America?

November 23, 2011

National Nurses United and the AFL-CIO have been urging the White House to stop opposing a global financial transactions tax. It’s working.

November 3, 2011

The church has proposed a financial transaction tax in order to steer the economy “towards achieving the common good.” Is that class warfare?

October 29, 2011

On the streets, at the Vatican, at the G-20, in Congress and in front of the US Treasury building: The call is rising for a financial transactions tax. It will get a lot louder in coming days.

October 26, 2011

The former White House political czar, who pulls so many Republican and conservative strings, is all over the fight to defend Ohio Governor John Kasich’s anti-union law. But will that be enough to save the law when angry voters come to the polls on November 8?

October 25, 2011