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Joint Session of Congress

Obama's Speech: Trapped In the Gap Between Action and Rhetoric

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

The White House has been trying to get out from under the burden of supporting the public option for weeks. The trouble is, every time they try to do it, the president's poll numbers drop.

Obama Presses Hard to Unite Dems on Healthcare and Slaps Down Republican "Demagoguery"

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Hanania

The President's speech was so powerful it probably sent many of the nation's health insurance industry robber barons into economic cardiac arrest.

Hitting the Jackpot

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

This was one of the very best Presidential speeches I have ever heard. And more importantly, Barack Obama did everything he needed to do.

Calling Mr. Smith, Not Mr. Rogers

Dan Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Siegel

We are starved for a leader who can express righteous indignation against the corrupt forces who have emptied the public purse while bidding for the powers that be.

Finally, a President Who Works for Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Obama is seeking leadership in a crucial area -- he wants factories and workers in the U.S. to make the parts -- not just import them.

A More Perfecter Not-SOTU

Beau Friedlander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beau Friedlander

Some people say the automobile dates back to Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot's self-propelled three-wheeler in 1769. Last night, Obama said we invented the thin...

Tonight's Joint Session of Congress: No Stump Speech, Please

Beau Friedlander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beau Friedlander

This is the time to stand and deliver in real time with real issues and real solutions -- and real consequences.