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A sobering toast to the dubious achievements of the worst president in American history.

Love of country is expressed not just by civic virtue, but economic rights, rule of law and fair distribution of the nation's resources.

The New York Times columnist compares Obama's current Afghanistan strategy to JFK's escalation of Vietnam in the early 1960s.

The Nation's Chris Hayes discusses Obama's controversial choice of Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General.

So, why didn't they give peace a chance? Why did the leaders of Hamas and Israel not wait for the incoming US president's inauguration before mutually escalating hostilities?

Lakhdar Brahimi, a leading UN troubleshooter in the Middle East weighs in on the crisis in Gaza and speculates on how it may affect Obama's presidency.

The following humble suggestions are based on my 70 years of experience as an underground fighter, member of the Knesset and founding member of a peace movement in Israel.

Let us pause, amid the muddle of the moment in this season of renewal and fresh starts, to consider fundamental things.

Barack Obama has mobilized the most connected national constituency in history. But can he use it to govern?

It's time for progressives to create coalitions and craft smart strategies that will push Obama and the new Congress to seize this moment.

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They've added a provision to the defense spending bill outlining a permanent "Authorization for Use of Military Force."

May 11, 2011

The White House, House Republican majority, and Senate Democratic majority have remained silent about how to fix widespread unemployment.

May 10, 2011

President Obama failed to seek a declaration of war before ordering US attacks on Libya. Now, he faces a challenge under the War Powers Resolution.

April 20, 2011

Why does President Obama continue to let Republicans define the terms of the budget debate?

April 19, 2011

Even if a war is considered "just," even if it is launched under the auspices of the UN, US military interventions should be debated and approved by Congress before they are launched.

March 20, 2011

President wants a longer extension of Patriot Act provisions than House Republicans. He’s wrong. The ACLU is urging Congress to reject any extension until the threats to privacy and other constitutional rights are addressed.

February 8, 2011

No one, except Rahm Emanuel, did more harm to Obama's relationship with its base than Gibbs.

January 5, 2011

The Clinton years analogies have been coming fast and furious since the midterm elections and Obama's self-described “shellacking.”  But today's administration seems anything but worried about the comparisons—in fact, they seem to be doing their best to roll back the clock.

January 4, 2011

 Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower set an activist standard with their Thanksgiving Proclamations. Obama should emulate it.

November 25, 2010

The ACLU and the Alliance for Justice are right: the Justice Department must respond to the former president's admitted violations of laws banning torture. But it should not stop there. The Senate should examine Bush's abuse of the Constitution.

November 15, 2010