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Seoul rally

At ceremonies held around the sixtieth anniversary of the Korean armistice, the president sounded bellicose notes, while failing to mention national unification.

Ray Kelly

Obama sounds the notes of racial justice at key moments, while asserting unprecedented power to implement policies that are destructive, discriminatory—and embodied by the NYPD commissioner.

It's not just the government and corporations who are tracking your cell and computer use: politicians on the campaign trail are some of the biggest data snoopers around. 

Susan Rice

There are some hopeful signs, including his recent speech at the National Defense University and a new, less hawkish foreign policy team.

Barack Obama

Until the president defines what “associated forces” are, the current formulation leaves open the possibility of unlimited, unending use of military force anywhere in the world.

Funeral in Iraq

Is there any benefit to be found in an unbroken record of waste, futility and shame? Only if lessons learned prevent a catastrophe in Iran.

Sherrod Brown

The Democratic senator is introducing legislation to break them up, but he’s in an uphill battle—against not only the GOP but his own party.

Protest against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Yes, he said the word “climate”—but he hasn’t committed to any of the big steps needed to avert catastrophe.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Under the leadership of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the Walmart Foundation used generous gifts to grease the way for store expansions.

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.

Blogs

The National Organization for Women's president says the Obamas have "screwed up" by praising Walmart.

June 6, 2013

Society is not post-racial. Barack and Michelle Obama need to stop telling young people of color otherwise.

June 5, 2013

Yesterday, Obama laid out the justification for killing US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. But his reasoning had very little legal grounding at all. 

May 24, 2013

In the film Bulworth, a senator up for re-election starts calling it like it is. Mired in a second-term funk, why doesn’t Obama do the same?

May 21, 2013

We may have strong critiques of the current commander-in-chief, but let’s not forget that Richard Nixon was the president who perpetrated Watergate and a secret war in Cambodia.

May 16, 2013

Beware rocks that Republicans will be looking under at the confirmation hearings for President Obama’s Commerce Secretary-designee.

May 6, 2013

Obama’s “chained CPI” saves only half of what the estate tax exemption loses. Do dead millionaires really matter more than Social Security?

April 25, 2013

Smart Democrats know that getting on the wrong side of the austerity debate could strike a "damning blow" to the party's 2014 prospects.

April 14, 2013

If the president goes through with his chained-CPI gambit, seniors won't be the only ones taking a hit—his political fortunes, and those of his party, will too.

April 10, 2013