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Barack Obama

It’s because they are so beholden to their big-money contributors that they can’t fight the GOP even on issues that they know have overwhelming public support.

Obama in a camera's viewfinder

The president's inaugural address touched all the important bases, except one.

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.

Obama delivers his inaugural address

President Obama’s symbolic recognition of minorities isn’t a substitute for policy, but it does matter.

Voces de la Frontera

From Bernie Sanders to Boots Riley, from Marcia Moody to Jane McAlevey, we celebrate nineteen activists, movements and politicians.

Capitol building

The time has come for a showdown between the reformist and accommodationist wings of the party.

How to save the Democratic party

We need to intensify the engagement of grassroots Democrats with progressive ideals.

Barack Obama

In the next four years—and beyond—progressives must create the political space for the president to represent the majority of Americans.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke

Chairman Ben Bernanke, who’s been sounding the alarm, is attacked constantly by the right. He and his allies need support from a mostly silent left.

Blogs

Coverage of Newtown, the great Walmart walkout and 2012's most valuable progressives.

December 22, 2012

As he takes the lead in the fight to defend Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the senator has much to teach progressives about how to do politics right.

December 5, 2012

Obstruction has ruled in Albany for too long. The governor must push for a Democratic majority in the New York State Senate.

November 27, 2012

The Congressional Progressive Caucus is standing up to austerity hawks, promoting a “Deal For All” that protects social spending and invests in real growth. 

November 19, 2012

A record turnout for non–white male voters gave the president a mandate to champion.

November 9, 2012

The president won big. Democrats added Senate seats and won the majority of the votes cast for the US House. It’s a mandate. Don’t squander it.

November 9, 2012

President Obama won big on election night, garnering a wider margin of victory than many of his predecessors. Now’s the time for him to act.

November 8, 2012

Social movements must believe in themselves as much as they believe in any politician, and keep fighting for true change. 

November 7, 2012

Protecting freedom does not mean shielding a market from restrictions—it means fighting for economic justice and equality. 

November 5, 2012

Regardless of who wins the presidential election, progressives need to devise a strategy for building a majority.

November 2, 2012