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The first black president has created a definitional crisis for whiteness.

At last, a believable sighting of that peace president many of us thought we had elected. Give Barack Obama credit, big time, for the startling progress he has made in tempering the threat of nuclear annihilation.

Melissa Harris-Lacewell explains why Obama is not talking about race and what it means for African Americans.

The Obama administration may renew aid to the Indonesian army's notorious special forces--which have been implicated in a recent assassination campaign.

Progressives are learning how Obama actually leads: as a manager and technocrat. And that's not a bad thing.

Ari Melber explains why Obama has been so ineffectual at change while in office.

Watch a live webcast tonight of "Obama: Change We Can Believe In?" featuring Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, Ben Smith of Politico.com, Gretchen Morgenson of The New York Times and Benjamin Barber of Demos.

The Blue Dogs have gotten into his head.

The Obama administration's jobs proposals are on the right track, but the scope is nowhere near large enough for the crisis we face today.

How could Barack Obama have ended up, one year later, where Franklin Delano Roosevelt began?


It isn't just a coincidence that the entire world seems to be at war at once. President Obama needs an army—of diplomats. 

July 21, 2014

Sort of like what President Bush and Condi Rice did in January 2009

July 10, 2014

While Obama has begun to act on what the country needs, Republican obstruction refuses to pass bills and solve problems.

July 9, 2014

Protect the embassy, advise Iraqi troops, protect Baghdad airport. And then?

July 2, 2014

Liberal interventionists join GOP hawks and The Wall Street Journal in demanding war.

June 18, 2014

Seventy-eight men who have been cleared for release remain in interminable detention. 

June 6, 2014

Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel joins the The Diane Rehm Show to assess Obama's vision for America’s role in world affairs.

May 30, 2014

Despite talk of a pivot to Asia, the US military‘s gaze has settled on Africa. 

May 28, 2014

Climate change “has moved firmly into the present,” a massive new report finds. But its politics have regressed. 

May 6, 2014

The president should be proposing new rules for importers who manufacture their products overseas, but don’t hold your breath.

April 23, 2014