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Allen Duncan, homeless and unemployed, sleeps on a sidewalk

In this election, the deepest division was over whether we are all in this together. 

A vote for Obama in a swing state is a no-brainer, because, on a host of issues, there is a vast partisan difference that should not be ignored.

The former Louisiana governor and Republican presidential candidate is sick of the greedy banking practices that led to the financial crisis.

Romney, the quintessential vulture capitalist, knows the foreign policy debate has always been about maximizing profit.

Mitt Romney

What Romney may privately believe is far less important than the bargains he has made with the far-right Christian base of his party.

Senator McGovern spoke the truth, especially when it was uncomfortable.

Barack Obama

I wish, just once, an endorsement of a Democratic presidential candidate would mull over some serious structural issues that are at stake.

Barack Obama

After the first presidential debate, the media follow-up focused almost exclusively on its theatrics and the implications for the “horse race.”

The impact of an Obama presidency is better answered by partisanship than race—but race still matters.

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There may yet be justice for the victims of the post-9/11 United States torture program. Just not in the US.

January 12, 2011

Last March, Sarah Palin unleashed a sports-infused tirade that shows more than a lack of basketball acumen: it shows a comfort in the language of violence that should disqualify her from national politics.

January 10, 2011

The Tea Party congresswoman from Minnesota is headed for the first-caucus state of Iowa. She's openly discussing a presidential bid. But would she really run? Only "if I felt that's what the Lord was calling me to do."

January 8, 2011

 Hope in 2011. Plus: The Nation Institute welcomes a new fellow.

January 7, 2011

New protocols seek to identify potential whistleblowers and to monitor all contacts with journalists. What happens to the public's right to know?

January 6, 2011

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

January 5, 2011

Bill Daley's appointment for White House chief of staff is another indication of Wall Street's sway over the Obama Administration.

January 5, 2011

The herculean effort required to win Senate ratification of a modest arms reduction treaty is a stark reminder of how tough it will be to reach more far-reaching agreements on nuclear weapons in the 112th Congress.

January 3, 2011

Left for dead after the 2010 elections, Barack Obama is now the media's new comeback kid. But let's wait and see what that "comeback" actually entails.

December 21, 2010

Short observations on the Jim Crow-era White Citizens Councils.

December 21, 2010