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The Nation's Ari Melber defends Obama's recent media blitz, arguing that he can inform the public about what he stands for and helps maintain a healthy democracy.

"Birthers'" claims shift, but their essence is always the same: Barack Obama has no right to be president.

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.

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The United States can’t create peace by military force. We can only add to the destruction.

September 16, 2014

The Obama administration’s legal justification for expanding military action in Iraq and Syria is hypocritical and based on tenuous logic.

September 11, 2014

Immigrants and allies rallied in more than a dozen US cities on Thursday to ask President Obama to use his executive authority to stop deportations of undocumented workers and their families.

August 28, 2014

Undocumented immigrants and their advocates are concerned that the president’s orders will be far more limited than the hype suggests—and they’re trying to raise the bar for what aggressive action really means.

August 21, 2014

Lawmakers say the CIA redacted “key facts” from a long-awaited investigation into the agency’s cruel interrogation tactics.

August 6, 2014

Katrina vanden Heuvel appears on Morning Joe to discuss how Washington’s recent policy polls reflect American sentiments on the government’s role in leading the country in the wrong direction.

August 6, 2014

A surprise announcement planned for after Labor Day could stop millions of deportations.

August 6, 2014

Republicans are suing the president for doing what presidents do.

August 5, 2014

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