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The uproar over intemperate remarks by Obama's former pastor reveals all that's repellant in our national discourse over race, religion and politics.

How Saul Alinsky would plan Obama's inauguration, and his government.

What issues matter to Ohio's blue-collar voters? JoAnn Wypijewski reports from the campaign trail.

He should denounce the attacks themselves as racist propaganda.

Obama can take the rhetorical high road, but he should have some mean stokers in the engine room.

He calls private security forces "unaccountable" but may use them in Iraq. Meanwhile, Clinton wants to ban them. UPDATED

Barack Obama has hastened his timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq, setting the stage for an election battle with John McCain and the forces of neoconservatism.

Voters drawn to Barack Obama are often criticized as naive. But appeals to our collective hope for a more decent society are core to the American experience.

All of us, of whatever race, want a fresh start. That's what "change" means right now: Get us out of here!

The depth and substance of Obama's youth phenomenon has yet to be tested.

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President Obama laid out the right vision—what will the anti-poverty movement do to help get us there?

January 25, 2013

The majority of citizens support progressive agenda items like cuts in defense spending and higher taxes on the very rich.

January 23, 2013

It makes no sense to suggest that a poor child could ever have “the same chance to succeed as anybody else.”

January 22, 2013

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow incorrectly stated that no protest permits were requested for President Obama’s second inauguration.

January 22, 2013

Obama’s second inaugural address laid out a new progressive vision. Now we must make it real.

January 21, 2013

Like FDR, Obama should use his second inaugural address to make the vital connection between election results and governing results.

January 20, 2013

Every evidence suggests, in the absence of the reforms proposed by Senators Jeff Merkley and Elizabeth Warren, any debate about meaningful gun-safety legislation will be preempted, any action obstructed.

January 18, 2013

Some members want to end this standoff over the debt ceiling—and all others. 

January 17, 2013

The attention showered on the NRA doesn’t match up with its actual political influence.

January 15, 2013

Cracking down on high-powered guns is not a progressive issue but rather a “sanity issue” that Obama should take on now.

January 15, 2013