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Executive Branch

Executive Branch news and analysis from The Nation

  • December 17, 2008

    True Leadership

    This essay, a finalist in The Nation's Student Writing Contest, argues that the best presidents are humble, open to new options and eager to learn.

    Xan White

  • December 17, 2008

    Is Bush Tying Obama’s Hands on Gitmo?

    Glenn Greenwald discusses the implications of lame duck Bush actions on Barack Obama's plan to close Gitmo.

    The Rachel Maddow Show

  • December 17, 2008

    The New Era of Ecological Civilization

    This essay, a finalist in The Nation's Student Writing Contest, argues that the success of the new President will depend on his ability to initiate a transition from postindustrial society to a new era of civilization.

    Henrik Petaisto

  • December 17, 2008

    The Importance of Perspective

    This essay, a finalist in The Nation's Student Writing Contest, argues that the most important prerequisite for being a good president cannot be found in the marble hallways of the nation's elite institutions.

    Natalia Thompson

  • December 16, 2008

    Obama’s Green Team

    They respect science. But will Obama's team show the necessary spine to cut greenhouse gases and resist "clean coal" and nuclear power propaganda?

    Mark Hertsgaard


  • December 10, 2008

    The Imperial Transition

    Obama's transition is the earliest, biggest, fastest, best organized and most efficient on record. But has the media failed to see the larger architecture of this moment, and what it portends for the presidency to come?

    Tom Engelhardt

  • December 3, 2008

    Ending the Mindset

    Dissenting views on Iraq and Afghanistan will have to come not from the hawkish national security team, but from outside Washington, and from Obama himself.

    the Editors

  • December 3, 2008

    Can Obama Stay the Course?

    As he drives his team of retreads, the challenge for Obama is to remain the agent of change who electrified the nation.

    Robert Scheer

  • December 1, 2008

    Beyond the Bailout State

    If original thinking doesn't find a home among the Obama administration's Clinton-era Brainiacs, how can we move beyond the bailout state?

    Steve Fraser

  • November 25, 2008

    Stimulus Now

    On Day One, Congress must present Obama with a bold stimulus plan focused on putting people to work, rebuilding infrastructure and expanding the productive capacity of the economy.

    the Editors