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A president has only so much capital to expend, and Barack Obama is dangerously overdrawn.

The president's healthcare speech was not a full-fledged antidote to decades of Reaganism. But it was an eloquent call for a new progressive role for government. We must build on it.

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, talks about Obama, healthcare reform and the coming anniversary of the economic collapse.

If Obama and his progressive allies hope to defeat the latest assault on federal power, they will need to go beyond his artful ambivalence.

Obama shouldn't tone down his rhetoric on contentious subjects like racial profiling and executive bonuses. In fact he should emulate politicians of the past who often went off script with stirring results.

President Obama brought the house down at the NAACP centennial celebration with yet another stirring speech on race. But if his deeds don't begin to match his words, he's going to have a lot of explaining to do.

Obama's speech in Ghana neglected to mention structural barriers to African prosperity.

Notwithstanding comparisons to FDR, BHO has proffered far less audacious proposals than we were led to expect.

Why is it easier to raise 3 million tweets for demonstrations in Iran than to twit about Obama's sellouts at home?

Silvio Berlusconi's meeting with Barack Obama today comes at a time when Italy's reckless ruler's grip on power may be slipping.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) will propose a diplomacy and accountability amendment.

September 10, 2013

The Los Angeles gathering of the nation’s largest labor federation included high-profile Democratic guests, soul-searching about diversity, and signs of a coming floor fight.

September 9, 2013

Obama’s choice delays military intervention and opens way for debate on whether strikes are justified.

August 31, 2013

President Obama speaks eloquently about the economic goals of the March on Washington, but passes up opportunities to stand with low-wage workers.

August 30, 2013

More than 150 House Democrats and Republicans say: “Congress must assert our authority.”

August 29, 2013

The Obama administration watches as US regional influence declines.

August 15, 2013

Things are complicated with Russia, but that's no excuse for cancelling an important summit meeting with the nation's president.

August 12, 2013

Backing Al Qaeda in Syria while fighting it in Iraq? And launching random drones in Yemen?

August 12, 2013

Obama’s better bargain is a disturbing snapshot of a skewed political system.

July 31, 2013