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In his inaugural speech, the president vowed to engage with other countries so as to "lift suspicion and fear." He should reach out to forge a more sane and sensible relationship with Cuba.

Barack Obama

From Cuba to climate change to criminal justice, progressives must push the president to act—and forge a better future.

Nation readers provided good ideas—and a bit of wariness—when asked how Obamas should use his presidential authority.

John Kerry

Here are just a few things the Foreign Relations Committee should be asking Obama’s nominee for secretary of state.

How Obama’s targeted killings, leaks and the Everything-Is-Classified State have fused.

President Barack Obama

Is this a politician who, when faced with recalcitrant opposition, would rather switch than fight?

Why a progressive presidency is impossible, for now.

Even with supermajorities in both houses of Congress behind them, American presidents cannot pass the kind of transformative progressive legislation that Barack Obama promised in his 2008 presidential campaign. Here's why.

What effect will the reduction in troops in Iraq that Obama has promised have on defense spending?

Blogs

The president gets support for humanitarian efforts, but wise voices warn of mission creep.

August 11, 2014

“The CIA’s misconduct threatens the institution of the Senate and its role in ensuring the proper oversight of our government,” Senator Leahy says.

August 1, 2014

A new report reveals that the NSA spied on five prominent American Muslims.

July 9, 2014

There's a reason corporations want the TPP negotiations secret—it wouldn’t pass otherwise.

May 15, 2014

The right-wing attack machine defeats Debo Adegbile’s nomination to head DOJ Civil Rights Division.

March 5, 2014

Money spent on lobbying in DC now enjoys a 22,000% return on investment.

February 25, 2014

It’s a big moment for hundreds of thousands of workers, as well as progressive activists.

February 12, 2014

Issuing executive orders is nothing new, especially with regard to federal contractors. So why the vitriol?

February 11, 2014

The Republican in charge of the House Intelligence Committee says journalists should be prosecuted for reports based on Edward Snowden’s leaks.

February 4, 2014

The president’s “income inequality” address had plenty of strengths, but one big weakness.

January 28, 2014