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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?

The Obama Administration has announced a plan to reduce the budget deficit through a three-year freeze on non-security discretionary spending. What are possible long-term effects?

The Bay State election results are a chapter in a story that predates Obama's presidency.

As welcome as it was, the removal of George W. Bush was not enough to cure what ails us.

The Nation asked members of our community and beyond: looking back at Obama's first year in office, what was the high point, and what was your sharpest disappointment?

The upcoming trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is the best news for the print press since Monica Lewinsky.

Building a new political order will take more than one election.

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