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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.

Google campus

Left undiscussed in the FTC’s investigation is the search giant’s ability to limit what we all read.  

Toy soldiers

The Roberts Court has shifted away from the very collective values and ideas that will be necessary to enact—and uphold—crucial policies on guns and mental health.

Dollar bills

In the looming debt-ceiling fight, progressives must make the case for protecting social programs, raising revenues and cutting the Pentagon budget.

What really happened on Capitol Hill this week, and a look ahead to the budget battles on the horizon. 

John Kerry

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

Democrats introduced a gun control bill on the first day of the new Congress. But can they overcome the NRA?

California flag

Local and state governments are gaining the ability to restore basic services and infrastructure.

Blogs

There is nothing praiseworthy in opposing the violation of the privacy of powerful world leaders while ignoring the rights of millions of ordinary citizens.

October 30, 2013

The Senate HELP Committee takes up the Older Americans Act--a safety net for seniors living in or near poverty.  

October 28, 2013

It’s time to stop bemoaning the lack of political will to confront poverty, and instead focus on creating the political will.

October 28, 2013

The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to take up legislation to reform the NSA’s spying authority next week.  

October 25, 2013

Activists want a full public accounting of the NSA’s and the FBI’s data collection programs.

October 25, 2013

The House Budget Committee chair plots to use a powerful conference committee to assault Medicare, Social Security and more.

October 18, 2013

Farmers, civil liberties and food safety advocates had worried that a funding resolution would extend the rider, which crippled oversight over GMOs. 

October 17, 2013

Ted Cruz made defiant, historic remarks today outside the Senate chamber--but little of what he said was correct. 

October 16, 2013

The Senate’s deal to reopen the government and extend the debt limit reportedly contains a small change to the health law—but it’s not a win for the GOP. 

October 16, 2013

The Tea Party may be plummeting in public esteem, but it is taking government down with it.

October 15, 2013