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'We Should Have Pushed Harder': Obama's Gitmo Czars Reflect On His Failure To Close The Prison

The Huffington Post | Miranda Green | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics

On his first day in office, President Barack Obama signed an executive order directing that the Guantanamo Bay prison facility “be closed as soon as...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Had 2009 Game Plan For Voting Rights Act Being Struck Down | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If the Obama administration needs a plan to deal with the likely death of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, it may be able to du...

Jon Ward

The Road Forward: Obama Destiny As The Next JFK Faces Obstacles -- And Bill Clinton | Jon Ward | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the sun rises on his second inaugural, President Obama is already a significant figure in American history. And he is poised to becom...

Sam Stein

Kagan Skirts Claims That She's A Progressive | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Kabuki theater of the Supreme Court confirmation process began on Tuesday, with nominee Elena Kagan steadfastly refusing to characterize herself a...

Goldman Sachs Connections, Donations Haunt White House

McClatchy | Greg Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Goldman's connections to the White House and the Obama administration are raising eyebrows at a time when Washington and Wall Street are dueling over ...

Goldman Hires Greg Craig For SEC Defense

Politico | EAMON JAVERS & MIKE ALLEN | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Goldman Sachs is launching an aggressive response to its political and legal challenges with an unlikely ally at its side -- President Barack Obama's ...

Dan Froomkin

With Greg Craig Out Of The Way, Coast Is Clear For White House To Make Legal Calls On Political Grounds | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House counsel ideally serves as the president's conscience. But late last year, Barack Obama's conscience was surgically removed. Greg Cra...

House Kills Plan to Close Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The House Armed Services Committee turned down the Obama's administration's request for some $350 million intended to close Guantánamo and buy a new prison in Illinois.

Revealed: Rahm Emanuel Nixed DOJ Review of Political Prosecutions of Don Siegelman and Paul Minor

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan DeMelle

The Supreme Court is to address whether a U.S. citizen can be convicted and imprisoned for donating to a political campaign without the court requiring any evidence of an explicit quid pro quo.

Swiss Take Two Guantanamo Uighurs, Solve Obama's Problem

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Obama is fortunate to have such kind allies, but he himself is the loser, the longer he refuses to tackle those who insist, in the face of overwhelming evidence, that everyone who was held at Guantánamo was a "terrorist."

The Fool's Errand

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Bruno Sanz

Change the names, dates and particulars of the Algerian War, the Vietnam War and Soviet war in Afghanistan, and the history of mighty powers recycles itself in Af-Pak-Iraq.

Close it Right: Guantanamo Must Be Shut Down Quickly and Properly

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

The clock's ticking and it's not looking good. As January 22, 2010 fast approaches, the administration is signaling that it's unlikely to meet its own deadline to close

Thankful That Obama Has Helped Make Dissent And Debate Patriotic And Safe Again

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Of all things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving -- I'm thankful that challenging the government's course and trying to put better ideas on the table are unabashedly patriotic again.

75 Guantanamo Prisoners Cleared for Release; 31 Could Leave Today

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

If the rationale for not releasing the Yemenis from Guantánamo was extended to the U.S. prison system, no prisoner would ever be released at the end of their sentence, because prison "might have radicalized" them.

The Fall Of Greg Craig

TIME | Massimo Calabresi and Michael Weisskopf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nearly 100 days after Barack Obama entered office, his top White House lawyer, Greg Craig, braced the President's senior advisers for a potentially ex...

Greg Craig Could Leave His Post

Wall Street Journal | Evan Perez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Obama administration officials are holding discussions that could result in White House counsel Gregory Craig leaving his post, following a rocky tenu...

White House Issues Ethics Reminder In Wake Of WaPo "Salon" Scandal

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The revelation that the Washington Post had planned to hold corporate-sponsored "salons" with public officials at publisher Katharine Weymouth's house...

Torture Memos Spur Intense Debate In Obama Inner Circle

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Obama met with top advisers on the evening of April 15, he faced one of the sharpest policy divides of his young administration....

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Despite Karl Rove's concerns that his appearance before the House Judiciary Committee could become a "show trial," the deal he cut assures that his testimony, at least initially, will be conducted in private. John Conyers promises to get to the bottom of Rove's role in the US Attorneys scandal, but will Bush's Brain be asked about the outing of Valerie Plame? The prosecution of Don Siegelman? His cozy relationship with Jack Abramoff? The Rove deal allows Obama to sidestep weighing in on Bush's very broad claims of executive privilege. White House Counsel Greg Craig says Obama is "very sympathetic to those who want to find out what happened," but doesn't want to "do anything that would... weaken the institution of the presidency." After reading the chilling secret Bush memos released this week, the idea of a less unbridled executive branch doesn't seem like such a bad thing.

Dem Senators Pressure Obama's DOJ To Release Torture Report

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday I pointed you to this big scoop in Newsweek reporting that an internal Justice Department review conducted under the Bush administration had...

Obama Puts Greg Craig In Charge Of Vetting After Scandals

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After decades moving through the revolving door between the private sector and government service, Gregory B. Craig has landed again at the White Hous...

Baby Steps

Matthew Owen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Owen

The day after the inauguration, in the U.S. and abroad, we were like new parents, mouth agape, filled with awe, hope and excitement.

Obama Takes Presidential Oath Again, Again

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Klein

President Barack Obama was sworn into office a third time today, and the White House announced plans to repeat the swearing-in on a daily basis.

A "Deal" with Obama? It Takes Two to Blago

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Why was Rod Blagojevich so convinced his deals were being shot down by the Obama folks, when the Obama folks claim they didn't even know deals were being suggested?

As Cuba's Regime Turns 50, How About Some Common Sense -- Finally?

David Paul Appell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Paul Appell

The brothers Castro have outfoxed ten U.S. presidents, thanks partly to the embargo put in place by John Kennedy in 1961, before Barack Obama was born. Chances are they won't outlast an eleventh.