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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.

Weldon Angelos

Cases like that of Weldon Angelos, who was given a fifty-five-year sentence for selling marijuana, cry out for mercy. But calls for clemency have fallen on deaf ears.

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Let’s get this straight once and for all: Regardless of what Billy Graham’s son claims or what millions of Americans believe, Obama is not now, nor has he ever been a Muslim.

August 23, 2010

A watered-down version of an energy bill is being published today—but Obama can effect clean changes simply by changing the types of products that the federal government buys.

July 27, 2010

The futility and frustration illustrated in the WikiLeaks documents should provide a wide opening for a much-needed discussion on the human and financial costs of war in Afghanistan that far outstrip any conceivable security benefits.

July 27, 2010

When the balance between the powerful and the powerless gets this big what we need isn't sucking up (or standing back), it's standing tough.

July 15, 2010

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

July 13, 2010

Obama needs to win the deficit vs. investment battle in order to stop joblessness from leaving deep scars in our country, Katrina vanden Heuvel tells Fareed Zakaria.

June 28, 2010

Some pointers for the president's meeting with King Abdullah.

June 28, 2010

The Nation's D.C. Editor guest-hosts MSNBC's The Ed Show starting tonight at 6PM. 

June 28, 2010

Here we are again, if a general and a president are at odds—it must be a manhood-measuring contest.

June 24, 2010

More than six months after the implementation of McChrystal's strategy, it's clear that the policies Obama endorsed in Afghanistan are failing on all fronts.

June 23, 2010