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With the departure of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from Washington and the arrival of Barack Obama, it may just be back to the future when it comes to torture policy.

The Nation's Ari Melber gives varying degrees of success to President Obama's claims of transparency.

Graduates of the Bush years, initiates of the Obama era, here's a commencement address that's suitably obscure and yet somehow ringing.

Obama's signature economic reforms are under siege. Without a grassroots challenge to business as usual, we won't get the change we were promised, much less the change we need.

The Obama administration is focused on cutting healthcare costs, but that may be easier said than done.

So far, there's much to be optimistic about. But the bank bailout and Afghanistan policy are cause for continued concern.

Listen to full audio of The Nation's spirited Washington DC forum, "Obama @ 100: A Progress Report from The Nation."

Three months into the Obama era, the euphoria of the election has begun to dissipate.

President Obama needs to ditch the idiot savants of high finance and bring in advisers dedicated to doing something more than gaming the economy.

For the Labor Department damaged by eight years of Bush neglect, help is finally on the way.

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President Obama’s first use of executive privilege has sparked outrage, of course.

June 25, 2012

The Department of Justice spent $2 to 3 million prosecuting Roger Clemens. Why?

June 20, 2012

Issa has made politics central to his fight with the Obama White House—rather than making a credible case for his demands.

June 20, 2012

If private sector experience is what qualifies Mitt Romney for the presidency, then why not elect Jay-Z?

June 18, 2012

The national obsession with the leak source misses its vital significance: the warped policy and the drones that drive it.

June 12, 2012

Eric on what drives him crazy and Reed reveals the stark choice facing our nation in November.

May 17, 2012

The congressman imagines he’s surrounded by radicals. But it was his own Republican Party, founded by utopian socialists and militant abolitionists, that brought Marxist ideas to Washington and leftists to Congress.

April 13, 2012

What if the justices scrap healthcare reform as the Obama administration imagines it? What if they don't? Nurses say the healthcare crisis will still demand real reform.

March 27, 2012

Gingrich has been criticizing the State Department and calling for its overhaul. 

December 12, 2011

South Korea is turning away from a testing-obsessed educational culture just as the United States is doubling down on test-focused reforms.

September 30, 2011