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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.

Assessing the stealth, subterfuge and delusion of the Cheney vice presidency.

The paper industry's tax loophole; healthcare reform protesters under arrest; apartheid victims' day in court; a Hillman award for The Nation.

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

With haters on the wane, what will the hate-seekers do?

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

Whoever now governs the country (a point on which there was no agreement) is likely to remain resolutely indifferent to the message of Left Forum 2009.

Jane Harman's wiretap, Chávez and Obama, justice in Guatemala, a remembrance of Walter Schneir

John Nichols on Michelle Obama's garden, R.H. Lossin on bounced-check fees, David Cole on the rule of law, Russian kudos for Stephen F. Cohen

Sarah Arnold on the Rockefeller drug laws; Ari Melber on Obama's citizen Q&A; Manning Marable on the life of Dr. John Hope Franklin; John Nichols on Arlen Specter's stab in the back.

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Opponents included all the statewide Democratic candidates, and the Obama administration.

November 3, 2010

Your guide to the most important politics and media hits and misses for Wednesday, September 29, plus some humor, and a music video of the day.

September 29, 2010

Today's collection of media and politics hits and misses from a variety of sources, plus fun videos and music.

September 16, 2010

The first since the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case, which lifted a ban on direct corporate spending—the 2010 elections are being bought by the highest bidder.

September 14, 2010

On Charlie Rangel, the world's worst songs and right-wing hypocrisy.

August 12, 2010

Obama needs to win the deficit vs. investment battle in order to stop joblessness from leaving deep scars in our country, Katrina vanden Heuvel tells Fareed Zakaria.

June 28, 2010

Sure, Obama has had a few achievements over the past year and a half, but perhaps there are larger reasons such as outsourcing jobs and rampant unemployment that explains a disgruntled America.

May 18, 2010

President Obama has labored to unite different political factions with policy compromises and conciliatory speeches. But it was Obama's incisive grappling at the Republican retreat last week that really lit a bipartisan fire, drawing politicos and commentators of all stripes to call for more questions sessions for the President and the opposition party.

February 3, 2010

A contemporary State of the Union address is less an assessment of our national circumstances than it is a collective Rorschach test: an inkblot given meaning by the viewer more than by the subject. The televised pageantry of applause and ovations has little to do with the President's articulation of a policy agenda and far more to do with how his partisan allies and opponents read the electoral viability of his phrases.

January 28, 2010

There's lots of progressive backlash in the blogosphere to the announcement that the president is going to call for a multi-year freeze on "non-security discretionary spending," in the State of the Union. The anger is totally justified, but let me talk about the politics.

January 26, 2010