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Larry Summers

His appointment as next chair of the Federal Reserve would be a clear sign that narrow financial interests are still in charge of the Democratic Party.

Coast Guard seal

As general counsel of Lockheed Martin, Comey rejected a whistleblower’s claim that a $24 billion Coast Guard project was riddled with problems. The whistleblower was right—and Comey was wrong.

The NSA Four reveal how a toxic mix of cronyism and fraud blinded the agency before 9/11.

HIllary Clinton

She vowed to make women’s rights a cornerstone of US foreign policy. How did she do?

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?

Blogs

"The rush of modern civilization itself has raised for us new difficulties, new problems which must be solved..."

April 14, 2015

The great historian of Watergate chased Nixon down, as part of a crusade against executive abuses.

April 8, 2015

He’s just five simple steps away from being elected.

March 31, 2015

After waiting years for a decision on their visa applications with no explanation for the delay, nine Iraqis are suing the US government they once worked for.

March 20, 2015

The Senate Intelligence Committee is absolutely right to respect transparency and accountability with release of report on Bush-Cheney era abuses.

December 9, 2014

Rand Paul and Barbara Lee are right: “The Constitution requires Congress to vote on the use of military force.”

November 24, 2014

With a new film out about Webb, Kill the Messenger, we look back at Cockburn’s testament to the investigative reporter.

October 14, 2014

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