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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

Sarah Palin's capacity to mobilize in spite of her gaffes is what makes her a more dangerous candidate to head the RNC.

July 7, 2010

Obama needs to win the deficit vs. investment battle in order to stop joblessness from leaving deep scars in our country, Katrina vanden Heuvel tells Fareed Zakaria.

June 28, 2010

Some pointers for the president's meeting with King Abdullah.

June 28, 2010

The Nation's D.C. Editor guest-hosts MSNBC's The Ed Show starting tonight at 6PM. 

June 28, 2010

The response to the BP disaster is a rare instance in which populist outrage and simple logic are allied—and for some on the right this is deeply confusing.

June 25, 2010

Here we are again, if a general and a president are at odds—it must be a manhood-measuring contest.

June 24, 2010

More than six months after the implementation of McChrystal's strategy, it's clear that the policies Obama endorsed in Afghanistan are failing on all fronts.

June 23, 2010

The progressive groups that unsuccessfully backed Bill Halter in Arkansas scored a victory with Elaine Marshall in North Carolina Tuesday night.

June 22, 2010

Texas Congressman Barton speaks from the heart about his sympathy for BP then thinks better of it. Unfortunately, his fellow conservatives didn't get the cease-and-desist order.

June 18, 2010

The week in politics, media and Sarah Palin.

June 18, 2010