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Why a progressive presidency is impossible, for now.

Responses to Eric Alterman's "Kabuki Democracy," featuring Michael Kazin, Barbara Ehrenreich, Norman Ornstein, Salim Muwakkil, Theda Skocpol and Chris Bowers.

In a speech to the Urban League this morning, the president says he's creating a culture of accountability, not attacking teachers. But what kind of reform do we really need? The Nation's special issue on education presents an alternative vision for transforming our schools.

While Congress is throwing another $33 billion into the Afghanistan sinkhole, WikiLeaks takes on the oversight duties the lawmakers ought to perform.

Billionaires and corporate moguls are claiming Obama is anti-business. Think again.

The campaign for control of Congress is dominating the Washington landscape.

Eric Alterman asks, should Americans be proud of what Obama has done so far, or has he succeeded only in passing weak reforms?

Even with supermajorities in both houses of Congress behind them, American presidents cannot pass the kind of transformative progressive legislation that Barack Obama promised in his 2008 presidential campaign. Here's why.

While conservative media obsesses over the deficit and Republicans are knocking down job creation plans left and right, Obama will have to convince the American people that the deficit really isn't the priority here.

At this point, the only way the economy is going to turn around is if Obama's economic hotshots grant professionally damaging interviews to journalists who won't paper over their mistakes. Perhaps then the president would have the gumption to fire the misleaders of his economic team.

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The founders would not have been shocked at the executive seeking to claim the war power, but they would be astounded at Congress voluntarily giving it up.

September 30, 2014

How dare Obama salute someone without first tossing his coffee cup aside?

September 24, 2014

The United States can’t create peace by military force. We can only add to the destruction.

September 16, 2014

The Obama administration’s legal justification for expanding military action in Iraq and Syria is hypocritical and based on tenuous logic.

September 11, 2014

Immigrants and allies rallied in more than a dozen US cities on Thursday to ask President Obama to use his executive authority to stop deportations of undocumented workers and their families.

August 28, 2014

Undocumented immigrants and their advocates are concerned that the president’s orders will be far more limited than the hype suggests—and they’re trying to raise the bar for what aggressive action really means.

August 21, 2014

Lawmakers say the CIA redacted “key facts” from a long-awaited investigation into the agency’s cruel interrogation tactics.

August 6, 2014

Katrina vanden Heuvel appears on Morning Joe to discuss how Washington’s recent policy polls reflect American sentiments on the government’s role in leading the country in the wrong direction.

August 6, 2014

A surprise announcement planned for after Labor Day could stop millions of deportations.

August 6, 2014

Republicans are suing the president for doing what presidents do.

August 5, 2014