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Our Obama Administration: Forging a Durable New Deal

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Likosky

Although America is a young nation, we have pulled together many times to overcome seemingly overwhelming threats to not only our economy but to our basic way of life.

Paris Notebook: Slumber Party for Obama

Elizabeth Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Bard

I did not fully understand the power of our inspired cliche; until I moved to a place - even one as civilized as France - where they are not born with it .

What Obama Needs to Do to Tackle Global Poverty

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kumi Naidoo

What we need from your presidency, Mr. Obama, is a vision of how every man woman and child on our planet is connected and poverty can be changed.

My Ambien Dream: A Black Man Named Obama Elected U.S. President

Dana Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dana Kennedy

In my dream, America, the allegedly dazed and confused, passport-challenged nation of racist, fat people who voted George W. Bush into office twice, just elected an African-American man.

Chinese Obamaphilia? Today, No. Tomorrow, Perhaps.

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

When asked about America's election, most mainland Chinese say they don't much care, as long the new president does nothing to block China's rise or disrupt global stability.

Partying for Obama in Phnom Penh

Elena Lesley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elena Lesley

Chants of "Obama! Obama!" and "Yes we can!" echoed through the popular Phnom Penh restaurant, while a supporter sporting an Obama mask worked the crowd.

Asma Nemati | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Asma Nemati

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Incurious George

Daniel Menaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Menaker

For whatever else the election of Barack Obama accomplishes or fails to accomplish, I think it has put an end to the nearly-decade-long Age of Incuriosity of the Bush administration.

Decline with a Chance of Fall

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

Acknowledging class was always difficult for "New Democrats" -- it was second-wave, it was divisive -- but 2008 made retro politics cool again.

LBJ Can Rest Easy Now

Craig Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Crawford

Barack Obama's election proves that by doing the right thing, Lyndon B. Johnson and his party ultimately got their reward.

A Night When The People Holding Open the Doors Were Happier Than The Ones Walking Through Them

Naomi Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Klein

I was in D.C. last night -- at 10:30 pm I happened to walk past a very stuffy private club, one that as far as I can tell, is populated exclusively by hardcore Republican men in their later years.

Tears For Country

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

On Monday afternoon a day before the election, after placing Obama-Biden signs on doors in Northeast Philadelphia for nine hours, I sat down on a stranger's stoop, by myself, and cried.

What We Will Remember: Obama's Victory Speech and McCain's Concession

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Obama and McCain accomplished two very different objectives last night: Obama unified and inspired; McCain departed with grace. Here's what history will remember of the speeches of November 4, 2008.

Barack's Big Gamble ... And His Vision

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Why did Obama risk following a strategy that had failed so often in recent campaigns? Obama saw something in the zeitgeist.

The American People Say "Yes We Can"

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

Tuesday's election was a milestone in building an America that lives up to its ideals, an event that has broken down old barriers and opened up new doors.

Thank You Barack Obama

Jamie Lee Curtis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Lee Curtis

Thank you Barack Obama. Thank you for four years ago making me say out-loud, "Why can't he be our candidate?" Thank you for blowing away the ether of complacency.

So Far in 40 Years

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

When my mother got married, my grandfather said he'd shoot my dad with a shotgun (an inauspicious but common beginning for an interracial marriage).

G.O.P. R.I.P.?

E. A. Hanks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
E. A. Hanks

They way I see it, the GOP has two paths it can take. One leads to a sustainable future, the other will land them somewhere between Neve Cambell's career and stacks of left over Cool Runnings VHS tapes.

The Sixth Principle

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

The president-elect represents a new, post-Clinton, beyond centrism, post-racial, new politics, internet-driven phenomenon. The nation is fed up with neoconservative imperialists, radical fundamentalists, and failed supply-siders.

What a Relief -- America Survives

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

We docked the ship on shore. We're back to normal now. We have re-established the fundamental building blocks of Western civilization -- we have our foundation underneath us.

Slowest. Election. Day. Ever.

Benjamin Sarlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Benjamin Sarlin

Where are the hysterical twin shrieks of voter fraud and voter suppression? Where are the Drudge sirens proclaiming the exit poll results like Moses bringing the Ten Commandments from the mountaintop?

Return of the Jedi

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

I imagine how my ex-boss, an ailing Ted Kennedy must feel tonight, knowing that many, many months ago he exclaimed to the nation that he could feel change in the air.

My Prayer for Election Day

Jim Wallis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Wallis

We pray, regardless of the outcome of the election tomorrow, that we will find the ways to build bridges and work together for the common good of the country we all dwell in.

Election Results Liveblog

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

Gov. Ed Rendell seemed very confident a few minutes ago that Obama will score big in the Philadelphia suburbs, making it next to impossible for McCain to take the state.

"Politics of Change" Just Changed More Than You Think

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Obama ran a campaign that began with a speech that proclaimed, "We aren't Red States. We aren't Blue States. We are the United States." And that is how he won. That is the politics of change.