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A democratic Middle East makes America more safe, says Nation contributor Melissa Harris-Perry.

Voters

Obama's inauguration broke racial barriers, but today most black Americans are worse off than before.

Princeton Professor Cornel West says the president has failed to deliver to the constituencies that voted him into office, The Nation's Melissa Hariss-Perry says that criticism is too vague.

To launch his reelection bid, the president took up a longstanding American tradition: extrajudicial political assassinations.

Barack Obama

As a black man, Obama's confident knowledge of his lineage is precisely the thing that makes his American identity dubious.

Why indeed is Bradley Manning the one behind bars and not the government officials who kept hidden unpleasant truths about this nation’s policies?

Will he risk multiple military quagmires or campaign on a pledge to pull troops out of Afghanistan and Pakistan and drones out of Pakistan and Libya?

If the GOP has their way in the budget battles, they'll force a childish and unproductive government shutdown.

If Obama's campaign manager has a bad history with the very constituents that elected the president, how will that shape 2012?

Jim Messina, Obama's Enforcer

The president's re-election campaign manager has alienated grassroots constituencies.

Blogs

Highlights from The Nation's coverage of the State of the Union Address.

February 17, 2013

How progressive was Obama’s State of the Union address? Nation editor-in-chief Katrina vanden Heuvel breaks down the president’s speech on The Brian Lehrer Show.

February 13, 2013

What didn't Obama say about immigration in his State of the Union address? The Nation’s Aura Bogado breaks it down at Democracy Now!

February 13, 2013

In his State of the Union address, the president reminded us that “deficit reduction is not an economic plan.” Will he be able to hold off the austerity-mongerers?

February 13, 2013

Labor welcomed the proposal, but what it means for tipped workers remains unclear.

February 13, 2013

Some undocumented immigrants expected more on immigration from Obama’s State of the Nation speech. 

February 13, 2013

The emotional highpoint of a bold and progressive speech was a demand that Congress address gun violence.

February 13, 2013

The president should rip Republican proposals to cut essential programs. But he should also spell out an investment agenda.

February 11, 2013

Members of the party of a sitting president have a higher responsibility to raise constitutional concerns about drone policy.

February 10, 2013

One picture might just speak a thousand words about Obama's balance stance on gun safety.

February 4, 2013