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Barack Obama news and analysis from The Nation
December 6, 2022
Barack Obama’s Politics 101: Ridiculing Republicans Works
The former president is still the ablest campaigner the Democrats have, as his takedown of Herschel Walker’s vampire-vs.-werewolf rumination proved.
October 21, 2022
Barack Obama Is Wrong to Oppose Expanding the Supreme Court
There is too much at stake—and too little time left—to give in to the former president’s caution on this issue.
October 3, 2022
Off the Record: Barack Obama on Donald Trump
A newly declassified press conference shows the former president’s prescience—and his blind spots.
November 1, 2021
When Critical Race Theory Met the CFPB… at a Toyota Dealer
Like CRT, disparate impact theory is a right-wing target—and a powerful tool for fighting racism in lending.
September 20, 2021
Bernie Sanders Backs Canada’s Left Rival to Justin Trudeau
The New Democratic Party and its dynamic young leader, Jagmeet Singh, score a cross-border endorsement.
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August 24, 2021
Making Rahm Emanuel Ambassador to Japan Would Be a Sick Joke
Nominating the foul-mouthed former Chicago mayor is an insult to Japan—and a clear indication that Black lives don’t really matter.
Robert L. Borosage
August 20, 2021
Have Democrats Become the Party of the Rich?
If you’re waiting for Democrats to talk as frankly about wealth as they do about race, don’t hold your breath.
August 17, 2021
Rather Than Focus on How the US Got Out of Afghanistan, Focus on How It Got In
There should be a serious accounting for the Afghanistan debacle.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
August 5, 2021
Richard Trumka, 1949–2021
The labor leader practiced “true solidarity”—from his days as an anti-apartheid activist to his bold embrace of immigrant rights and Black Lives Matter.
July 12, 2021
Yes, Tomorrow Will Be Worse—Because of Journalism Like This
White House reporters are still confusing leaks and controversy with the stories most important for them to cover.