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Barack Obama news and analysis from The Nation
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.
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December 21, 2020
Can Biden Finish What Obama Started With Cuba?
Here’s a smart blueprint for returning to normalized relations.
December 17, 2020
From Obama to Trump: Eric Foner
Plus John Powers on John le Carré.
Start Making Sense
December 16, 2020
Biden’s Risky Peace Offering to Republicans
The president-elect thinks he can work with an opposition that only partly acknowledges his victory. Progressives need to prepare a Plan B.
December 14, 2020
Joe Biden Needs to Revive the Spirit of Tammany Hall
In the current crisis, Americans needs fewer high-minded speeches and more jobs and money.
November 23, 2020
Democrats No Longer Have a Coalition
In the absence of Trump, the party faces an identity crisis.