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Barack Obama news and analysis from The Nation
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.
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.
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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.
June 29, 2021
Biden’s Failure to End Trump’s War on Cuba Is Threatening Lives
The president promised to return to Obama’s policies of engagement with Cuba, but the embargo and other Trump-era restrictions remain in place.
June 15, 2021
McConnell Explains How He’ll Steal Another Supreme Court Pick From Another Democratic President
The Republican signals that if his party retakes the Senate, he’ll block Biden’s high court nominees in 2024—and very probably in 2023.
June 15, 2021
What’s Joe Biden’s Plan for Education?
Rather than forge a new path, so far Biden has simply dusted off the tired playbook employed by centrist administrations from George H.W. Bush to Barack Obama.
Jennifer C. Berkshire
March 4, 2021
Democrats Can Win in Ohio. Will They Choose the Right Strategy?
They must recreate the multiracial coalition that succeeded last year in Georgia and Arizona—and twice won the Buckeye State for Obama.