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What's up with Barack Obama? Finally someone has a good idea about how to deal with Wall Street and the White House condemns it.

Since the president took office, his administration has yielded one surrender after another.

Building a new political order will take more than one election.

There are the things the president is doing that he said he would do. These actions can draw plenty of criticism, but not genuine shock. Then there are the things he is not doing which he said he would do.

The 2008 election galvanized young voters and organizers. One year later, where are they?

Why Russia and China will sink Washington's Iran policy.

The essays in our forum call into question many of the myths and faulty assumptions about the best course of US policy in Afghanistan.

US Afghanistan policy should not be held hostage to the president's past rhetoric.

It's peculiar, the vocabulary that makes a liability out of the Nobel Prize.

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“This freeze would cut the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade, bringing this kind of spending -- domestic discretionary spending -- to its lowest share of our economy since Dwight Eisenhower was President. Let me repeat that...."

That was our president announcing his 2012 budget. And indeed let's repeat that — and note a few things he didn't say.

February 16, 2011

A budget plan that cuts over 200 federal programs and expands military spending reveals the president's misplaced priorities.

February 15, 2011

Katrina vanden Heuvel on MSNBC Live with Cenk Uygur talks about Obama's 2011 budget.

February 15, 2011

Obama's budget rejects the steep cuts advocated by Republicans and his deficit commission. But the president is still playing on the GOP’s turf by emphasizing cuts instead of jobs.

February 14, 2011

The president's budget is a compromise document. Republicans say it does not go far enough. But it slashes low-income heating assistance, community programs, higher-ed loans and environmental clean-up in low-income neighborhoods. Obama and his aides “aren’t giving us a very wise set of choices,” says Democrat Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

February 14, 2011

The Ohio congressman says challenge would help the president by forcing him to rethink his stands on jobs, taxes, war—and to respect the Democratic base. Updated.

February 11, 2011

President Obama delivered a lovely speech essentially celebrating the transition of power in Egypt. Then, a few hours later, Mubarak announced he was staying.

February 10, 2011

An old school mate remembers Frank Wisner, our man—or not—in Egypt.

February 8, 2011

After hedging its bets for two weeks, the Obama administration must make clear whether it stands with pro-democracy activists in Egypt.

February 7, 2011

Is Obama Reagan? 

February 6, 2011