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Progress For Black Politicians Remains Elusive In Obama Era

Politico | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

More than five years after Barack Obama won the Iowa caucuses and demolished the notion that white voters wouldn’t support a black presidential cand...

The US-Israeli Defense Treaty?

Barry Lando | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Barry Lando

Mr. President, could you explain why America's security is dependent on a treaty between Egypt and Israel?

What Obama Can Learn From Bush

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

What you need to remember about Bush is that whether you agreed with him or not, you always knew where he stood on things. Obama, for good or bad, needs to do the same.

Sam Stein

Tampa Recipients Have No Clue They Got Stimulus Funds | Sam Stein | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- With the full docket of Republican convention speakers hammering him over the stimulus package he passed early in his presidency, Barac...

A Fighter for the Ages

Al Madison | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Al Madison

Like Truman, in order to win, Obama must take head-on not only the powerful forces of privilege and greed in this country but also Republicans in Congress that are at least as unpopular as Truman's foil.

Giving New Meaning to the Bully Pulpit

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

We've hated presidents. Screamed challenging questions to them. Protested them virulently. But people in positions of responsibility have always treated the President of the United States with respect. Because they understand that the office represents our country before the world.

Friday Talking Points -- Most Impressive, Mr. President

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're throwing our usual format away today, because this was a momentous and historic week in American politics, and we thought it needed the entire column to address.

Imagining the Fighting Obama

Gary Dorrien | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Gary Dorrien

Obama is still a figure of singular promise in American politics. To fulfill that promise he has to overcome his own cautious, accommodating temperament, and progressives have to believe it is still possible.

How Obama Can Win Big

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

While President Obama lifts his presidency to champion the cause of jobs that are made in the USA, his Republican opponents stake their plans for powe...

The Promise of Obama's Second Term

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

While the President's failings in the first term have been well chronicled, what are the chances for a different, more successful second term in the White House?

Growing Proof of Obama's Imperial Presidency

Ken Blackwell | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

President Obama's National Labor Relations Board is on a job-killing rampage. It's claiming unprecedented powers far beyond what federal law allows. These executive actions paint a picture of what has become an imperial presidency.

Now Obama Must Lead Democrats and the Nation

Brent Budowsky | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Yes, President Obama inherited a mess. But it is unacceptable that in the third year of his presidency he still blames his predecessor and does bus tours to promote jobs programs that do not exist.

Why We Take This Presidency Personally

Lynne White | Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics
Lynne White

Why are we taking polls as to how whites will vote a year and a half before a presidential election? Why is a voterʼs skin color even important?

Can Obama (or Anyone) Make America Purple?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Crisis creates temporary unity, but the threat of catastrophe works longer and stronger to bring people together. My hope is that the tipping point has arrived.

It Is Our Job

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

It is our job as progressives to fight for more, and our job to complain when we didn't get it. That doesn't make us sanctimonious. We are just doing what we are supposed to do. And Mr. President, you of all people should understand that.

Sam Stein

Axelrod On Wave Of Political Crises: 'You Just Shake Your Head And Smile And Say This Can't Be' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The president is set to give his first press conference since late May but there is a strong likelihood that the topics the White House would like to ...

Third World-Style Kleptocracy - Or Not? The Real 2010 Election Choice

Jim Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Gonzalez

Democrats should focus the debate with the message that "Democrats fight for every job" vs. "Republicans fight for every CEO bonus."

Obama, the Middle Class and Pundit Myopia

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mayhill Fowler

One untruth about the President that has had some currency among liberals this summer is that "Obama is out of touch with the middle class." It is not the middle class, but progressives, who Obama is out of step with.

The Obama Haters Have It Wrong

Frank A. Weil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

I recently received a message in my email that read, "10 key reasons why the Obama presidency is in meltdown." My immediate reaction was: how can reasonably intelligent people have it so wrong?

The Unnecessary Fall Of Barack Obama

The New Republic | John B. Judis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Obama took office with widespread popular support, even among Republicans, and some of his first efforts, including the $800 billion stimulus, initial...

Three Major Consequences For Obama's Presidency Now That Health Reform Has Passed: Financial Times

Financial Times | Edward Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Coinciding with the first hint of Washington's spring cherry blossom, Monday morning found the White House in a playful mood. "I thought we were suppo...

Residency and Naturalization

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Issues of residency and citizenship cannot be swept under the rug anymore. Attempts to deny citizenship on the basis of national or political exclusion should not be tolerated in the 21st century.

Leadership in the Time of Obama

Peter T. Coleman, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter T. Coleman, PhD

President Obama is today negotiating for his political life. The pundits claim he is "all-in" on the health care bill, and that its defeat would be the practical end to his presidency. So here's a pop-quiz.

The F Word: Why Are Voters So Mad?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

An 800 billion dollar stimulus package, a budget boost for schools, an agreement with Russia on nukes, reduced forces in Iraq, not to mention healthca...

The Occidental President: Obama and Teachable Moments

Derek Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Derek Shearer

Our students are no longer in love with the idea of an Oxy President, but they like the idea that he is in the White House using his liberal arts education to struggle with the issues of the day.