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He may not have achieved the full FDR, but the president’s State of the Union speech, like his Inaugural, displayed a welcome progressive spirit.

Barack Obama

Even if we like President Obama, do we want him to be a one-man death panel?

Obama in a camera's viewfinder

The president's inaugural address touched all the important bases, except one.

Protest against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Awaiting a Keystone decision, environmentalists make a historic vow to engage in mass civil disobedience. 

The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn talks with The Nation's Bryce Covert and George Zornick about what Obama can—and should—tackle in his second term. 

Barack Obama

There are many measures the president could take to restore civil liberties—if he wanted to.

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.

In his second inaugural address, the president stood for collective action, solidarity, social justice. Now let’s make him act on it.

Obama delivers his inaugural address

President Obama’s symbolic recognition of minorities isn’t a substitute for policy, but it does matter.

Blogs

Why did Obama keep Timothy Geithner and Lawrence Summers on staff when they helped lay the groundwork for the financial crisis?

September 20, 2010

Newt Gingrich, the current conservative "reality" and the mail.

September 17, 2010

Jeremy Scahill asks why former President George Bush deserves positive recognition for his contributions to the Iraq War.

September 2, 2010

New York State Senator Eric Schneiderman's commitment to transformational politics and progressive values make him the right choice for state attorney general.

August 31, 2010

Could the Democrat who didn't stand a chance beat Palin's protege? A new poll says "yes."

August 30, 2010

Fox's silliest self-promoter tried to claim a piece of the civil rights legacy. But the anniversary march that mattered was in Detroit, where the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the UAW's Bob King called for jobs, justice and peace.

August 28, 2010

 On the media, John McCain, "Hotel California," wives, ex-wives and shows at the Palladium.

August 28, 2010

For Democrats, Republican primaries are the gift that keeps on giving.

August 27, 2010

The GOP's most volatile political player appears to have taken down Republican senator Lisa Murkowski.

August 25, 2010

Let’s get this straight once and for all: Regardless of what Billy Graham’s son claims or what millions of Americans believe, Obama is not now, nor has he ever been a Muslim.

August 23, 2010