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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

Sure, Obama has had a few achievements over the past year and a half, but perhaps there are larger reasons such as outsourcing jobs and rampant unemployment that explains a disgruntled America.

May 18, 2010

Confronted with evidence that he was wrong about the safety of offshore drilling—in the form of photos of the nightmarish Gulf of Mexico spill—California's governor withdraws support for offshore drilling. Will Obama do the same?

May 4, 2010

Obama is quick to say "justice" will be done in the Times Square bombing attempt, but what about the BP oil rig or Massey Energy? 

May 4, 2010

Congress needs to amend the financial reform bill to demand an audit and accountability.

May 3, 2010

Unlike Obama, and Reagan, she celebrates power for the sake of power.

April 18, 2010

Stupak may be retiring, but Democrats need to resolve the problem of politicians who sabotage the agenda from the inside.

April 13, 2010

How the surrender to partisan attacks on Dawn Johnsen's nomination reveals Obama's ambivalent approach to restoring the rule of law.

April 11, 2010

Governor McDonnell cannot erase Virginia's true history.

April 8, 2010

 Organized labor takes on Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln in a pair of new ads.

April 5, 2010

Facing a tough primary, Blanche Lincoln changes her tune on healthcare reform.

March 31, 2010