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Obama Agenda

Can Obama Lead Again?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Obama's loss of control over the political agenda threatens to make his presidency irrelevant.

Obama Administration Gears Up For Increased Use Of Executive Orders

The New York Times | Peter Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his execut...

We Don't Need a Great President; We Need a Good One

Aaron David Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron David Miller

How did we get here? At the beginning of his second year, a potentially transformative and historic president finds himself being knocked around by Republicans and trapped by his own overly grandiose goals.

Obama Maintains Ambitious Rhetoric Despite Falling Short On Agenda

AP | JENNIFER LOVEN and LIZ SIDOTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama's words and goals have remained uncannily the same, from the bone-chilling steps of Illinois' Old State Capitol where ...

Dems to Base: Drop Dead; Base to Dems: Likewise!

Calvin F. Exoo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Calvin F. Exoo

Progressives who thought they'd won when Obama was elected must now realize that they have tougher fight ahead: Only when campaign finance reform is achieved will they be the base to which Democrats race.

State of Disunion

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

It shouldn't be surprising that Mr. Obama's State of the Union call for greater unity among Washington's governing classes was met with nearly unanimous agreement from Democrats and Republicans alike.

Sam Stein and Ryan Grim

Obama Emphasizes Bipartisanship: Dems And GOP Unite In Displeasure | Sam Stein and Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama pledged on Wednesday night to push forward with the agenda he set in place upon entering office, declaring to a packed House ch...

Nelson: Obama Will 'Have To Scale Back Agenda'

The Hill | Michael O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama will have to scale back his domestic agenda after finishing work on healthcare, one Democratic senator said Monday. Sen. Bill ...

Why a Massive Jobs Investment Is Good for Everyone (Except the GOP)

Steve Rosenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Rosenthal

According to economists, you can tinker with some small jobs bills, but it will not make an immediate difference. It will take an investment of about $400 billion in additional spending including.

We Tried to Warn Obama, But He Wouldn't Listen

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Michael Lerner

If the people who elected President Obama stop feeling excited about his current direction, the populist energies that could mobilize fundamental change, will instead mobilize the right's reactionary goals.

Sam Stein

White House Recognizes 'Wake Up Call,' Tries To Project Calm | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

White House officials were in crisis mode today, but gave no public indication of changing course in the wake of a humbling defeat in the Massachusett...

Suddenly, the Dems Don't Feel So Well

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

"Transient Majority Syndrome. There are enough of you who get together here to start thinking you can really shake things up. You think that from now on, everything will be different ..."

Senior White House Adviser: Wilson "A Pimple On The Ass Of Progress"

The Daily Beast | Richard Wolffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House hits the road for health care reform, and speaks out--proclaiming the town halls didn't matter, and branding Joe Wilson "a pimple on t...

The Biggest Threat To Obama's Agenda: Democratic Centrists

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Half a dozen members of the Senate Democratic Conference pose the biggest threat to President Obama's agenda, giving Senate Republicans a fighting cha...

President Obama Puts His Balls Into Storage for Time Being

Lee Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Camp

With the help of some friends and family, President Obama put his balls into storage a month ago, though it is only now coming to light.

Archbishop Raymond Burke: Obama Advancing Anti-Life Agenda

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A powerful Catholic leader on Friday accused President Barack Obama of pushing an anti-life, anti-family agenda and called Notre Da...

Another Reason to Get to the Bottom of Waterboarding

Barry Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barry Schwartz

Punishment is not the point; moral clarity and moral seriousness is.

Sour Grapes Poisoning the Well of Politics

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

The claim by conservatives that they are innocent of incitement, does not hold up. Listening to the near-hysterical attacks on Obama, launched by the likes of radio's Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, can be frightening.

Sam Stein

Progressives Launch Campaign Targeting Centrist Senate Dems | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A coalition of progressive groups and officials announced the launch of a media and grassroots campaign Tuesday to target conservative Democrats they ...

Time to Dog the Dogs

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The most treacherous opposition to reform actually comes from within the Democratic Party itself, from so-called "moderate" and conservative Democrats, particularly the Blue Dogs.

WSJ: Obama's Agenda Overwhelming His Staff

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama has filled nearly twice as many government posts as the previous two presidents did at this point in their first terms. The pro...

Editorial: Obama Needs To Focus His Agenda If He Wants To Avoid Jimmy Carter's Fate

The New Republic | William Galston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A surprised Rudolph Penner, assistant director of President Ford's OMB and later a CBO director, offered a blunt assessment of the new president: "[He...

Harry Reid Promises Republicans He'll Never Call Their Bluff

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

After watching this absurdity playing out in the stimulus debate, people are calling on Sen. Reid to make the Republicans follow through and actually filibuster legislation and show this spectacle to the public.

Stimulus Signing, Foreclosure Aid On Obama Agenda This Week

AP | STEVEN R. HURST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Keeping the economy front and center, President Barack Obama heads west this week to sign the $787 billion stimulus bill and tackle...

Barack's Suggestion Box

Liam Warfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Liam Warfield

I made a nice hand painted sign that read Suggestions for Obama and took it downtown for rush hour. Plenty of people had messages for the new president.