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A Transformational Presidency?

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katrina vanden Heuvel

With the country at an ideological watershed, Obama has a historic opportunity to reshape the ruling paradigm of American politics.

Pro-Choice Victories in the 2008 Election

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

Last night, while standing just a few feet from the podium from which our next pro-choice president spoke, I was overcome with pride and emotion.

How About Those White People?

Susan Madrak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Madrak

Elections aren't about intellect. They're about emotion. That's why people so often vote against their own interests.

The Long Exhale

Sasha Abramsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sasha Abramsky

The tears running down my face last night and this morning were of something so much more than happiness, so much more than simple relief. They were an exhalation.

The Mortgage Crisis: A Modest Proposal

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Schweber

In dealing with the mortgage crisis it is critical to keep people in their houses. To do that we have to have ways to renegotiate their mortgages.

Big Election Winner: Indy Media

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Cohen

Of all the factors contributing to Obama's victory -- luck, economic crisis, Bush, Palin -- a major factor is now so second-nature to us that we may overlook its transformative impact since just four years ago: the Internet and the progressive online boom.

History on Cuba - Hidden in Plain View - In Florida's Election Returns

Sarah Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

In the election returns, hidden in plain view, is license for President-elect Obama to fundamentally rethink U.S. policy toward Cuba and expand on his incremental approach.

So We Finally Exhaled. And it is a Glorious New Day.

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Obama has truly brought all of us hope for a new tomorrow -- free from hate and fear. He is the catalyst for our hopes, wishes and dreams.

Looking Forward: What Comes After the New Deal and the Raw Deal?

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

The task facing President-elect Obama is to articulate the role of government in the 21st century just as FDR articulated its role in the 20th.

African Americans vs Gay Americans?

Judy Wieder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Wieder

It looks like I still have a lot of work left to do, a lot of marching and protesting--even though I did that already for others and they're not doing the same for me.

The Obama Victory: America Enters the Energy Future

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

An advocate for the environment will be the next US president. We may be eight years late, but America is finally poised to enter the 21st century.

On Obama, Race and the End of the Southern Strategy

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

Following the Iowa caucuses, I came away believing then, as I do now, that Obama's powerful voice that emerged that night had the potential to have a profound impact on America.

Let Bygones (Not) Be Bygones

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

What an insult it is to the idea of accountability -- this notion that responsibility for the ugly emotions unleashed by demagoguery this campaign season is wiped away by a concession speech.

A Memo to President-Elect Obama from America's New Veterans

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

President Obama is going to be held to a very high standard by the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. We'll be watching, and holding everyone in Washington accountable.

Republican Steals All of Neighborhood Obama Signs

Philip G. Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip G. Baker

Our neighborhood has had many more Obama lawn signs than McCain, by a a ratio of almost 10:1. Today someone drove through this part of the town and stole all of the Obama signs.

U.S. Election Fever Grips Arab Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Lebanese citizens interviewed on Lebanon's Future TV News channel were mostly for Obama, while Iraqis were waiting for the election's results to determine their country's fate, according to an FTV report.

The First President Who is Black

Paul Finkelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Finkelman

In the end Obama is not America`s first black president -- he is America`s first president who happens to be black. The difference is huge.

Tonight, Tonight Was Not Just Any Night

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alison Rose Levy

As a member of the sixties generation, whose vision of America was shattered by the three assassinations of that time, it was bitter indeed to witness the devolution of the last eight years.

Liveblogging the Election from Amman, Jordan

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

The Middle East is divided between disbelief and excitement as well as apathy. Many can't believe that America will indeed elect a black man with African roots and a Muslim father as president.

A New America

Sheryl Crow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sheryl Crow

We are now finally waking up and realizing the damage that was done while we were in a asleep at the wheel. As evident in this election time, we are now a nation impassioned with possibility.

Hooray for Pennsylvania

Chris Durang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Durang

You know what, I'm shell shocked. I can't feel glad yet, that's a quirk of mine, it's hard for me to celebrate.

Mondale's Revenge

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Glenn Hurowitz

To be sure, the failing economy provided Democrats the context they needed. But a candidate with a little backbone gave them the ability to convince voters to take a chance on change.

Real Change Depends on Stopping the Bailout Profiteers

Naomi Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Klein

The first order of business -- and one that cannot wait until inauguration -- must be halting the robbery-in-progress known as the "economic bailout."

Wondering What Will Be

Richard Schiff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Schiff

As we stand on the verge of a shifting earth I wonder is this the Big One, the epiphany that leads us to brilliance in real time, or is this one of the aftershocks.

Election Celebration Tips

Lea Lane | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lea Lane

This is a moment to remember, and to share. May we all have a wonderful evening!