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Barack Obama and the Democrats he led to a stunning victory two years ago are going down hard in the face of an economic crisis that he did nothing to create but which he has failed to solve.

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.

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The congressional showdown has given us an exciting glimpse of what the future might look like if they lead the way for a liberal insurgency.

December 12, 2014

Despite the important policy changes outlined by the president last night, around six million undocumented immigrants will remain “deportable.”

November 21, 2014

Knowing that many will be left out, parents and children nervously await the executive orders the president will reveal Thursday evening.

November 20, 2014

Executive action could eradicate dark-money flows through government contractors. 

November 10, 2014

The president calls for the reclassification of Internet services under telecommunications in the name of an open Internet.

November 10, 2014

Focusing on state races where he can generate turnout makes political and policy sense for Obama.

October 30, 2014

Obama should offer clemency to Snowden for revealing the alarming truth to the American people.

October 29, 2014

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