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Obama Presidency

Obama Faces A Critical Moment In His Presidency: New York Times

New York Times | PETER BAKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama returned to the White House from his summer break on Sunday determined to jump-start his struggling presidency by reasserting command ...

True North: In Search of Moral Direction

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Obama's handling of the CIA's report on torture may be the last chance he has to find his way back to Grant Park.

Felix the Cat

David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Steele

I'm not prepared to believe that when Ferguson sat down at his keyboard and pondered the best metaphor for Obama, the best one that came to mind was Felix the Cat.

Obama Willing To Stake Presidency On Health Care Reform

Radio Iowa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-Des Moines, Iowa) held a town hall meeting in Sigourney this afternoon... The subject matter: health care reform. B...

Returning to Their Old Habits

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Lux

Keeping the irresponsible, greedy and reckless players from destroying the economic recovery before it starts goes to the heart of whether Obama's presidency will be a success.

A Successful Presidency

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Will Barack Obama be a successful president? I believe he will, but he is going to run into big trouble spots down the road. Obama will have to do three things to be successful.

Barack Obama is the LeBron James of the Democratic Party

Frankie Sturm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frankie Sturm

Political gains that are heavily dependent on a single personality are easy to reverse. Bush was the most popular man for a year after 9/11. When his stock fell, so did that of the his Party.

The Anti-War Dilemma: How To Protest A President You Trust

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

For the first time in decades (for many, the first time in their lives), a considerable number of peace activists trust the President of the United States.

Obama's First 100 Days: A Global Response

Huffington Post | Catherine Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Today marks President Barack Obama's 100th day in office, a time when the American people (and pundits) evaluate the president's actions thus far and ...

Obama's First 100 Days: The Good, the Bad, and the Geithner

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

In almost all his appointments, Obama has demonstrated a desire to receive a wide range of opinion. But at Treasury, the range of opinion goes all the way from Goldman to Sachs. READ MORE Why Are Bankers Still Being Treated As Beltway Royalty? According to Sen. Dick Durbin, banks "are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill." We are truly through the looking glass. Since when did it become "to the vanquished go the spoils"? READ MORE Watch: Arianna Discusses How Dem Senators Screwed Homeowners on Countdown Watch: Arianna Discusses Obama's First 100 Days On Larry King Live Watch: Arianna Joins Katie Couric's Live Webcast To Talk About Obama's First 100 Days

The Baby Step Blues

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Will Durst

We should be waking up right now swimming in sunshine and rainbows and Mylar balloons. Instead, storm clouds all around, and it's raining bailouts and bank failures and bedbugs.

Sitting in the High Seats: Bella, Me and the Imperative for Political Parity

Marie Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marie Wilson

If President Obama really wants to make good on ensuring that there are women in high-up places, his administration must offer more than just a gesture in this direction.

Professor Obama

Marcia DeSanctis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia DeSanctis

Rather than preach, build or spread democracy, we proved that our system works. By winning, Obama did more to teach the Iraqis about democracy than four years of nation building has done.

Can't Get There from Here

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

The Obama administration has made its first serious misstep. No, it wasn't the wooing of ingrate Republicans, or the dining with clueless reactionary pundits. It is much more significant.

How Fast Will The Presidency Age Obama?

US News and World Report | Emily Brandon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

When a new President takes the oath of office, he often exudes a youthful optimism. But Presidents tend to leave Washington visibly wearing the stress...

Out of Many, One: A Collective Moment of Goose Bumps That Will Empower a Nation

Steven Stamstad | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Stamstad

No matter whom we met, on the National Mall, in museum or Metro lines, every one was flying above the clouds because of our new president and the new promise and possibility for our country.

Obama's Decisive Break with Bush's "War on Terror" Policies

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Obama's new Orders are a bold start, but more detail is required, dangerous loopholes must be shut off permanently, and other parts of the Bush administration's dark legacy need to be swiftly addressed.

Gone-tanamo Bay: the Right Decision

Rep. John Murtha | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rep. John Murtha

The problem with Guantanamo was never about its bricks and mortar. The problem with Guantanamo is that its very existence stains and defies the moral fiber of our great nation.

Obama's Guantánamo Mistake: He's Not Closing Gitmo the Right Way

Brandt Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brandt Goldstein

Obama has issued an executive order to shut down the prison. That alone is not enough. An executive order can be changed -- easily.

Sam Stein

Obama Signs Executive Order To Close Guantanamo Bay | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration called on Thursday for the closure of Guantanamo Bay within the next year. The move will be greeted with widespread approval ...

Not That Kind of Inaugural Speech

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Barack Obama knows how to get wild, rapturous feedback from crowds. He knows how to set it up -- how to kick up the rhetoric a notch, and the volume a notch -- and how to get a big response.

An Entirely Different Inauguration Day

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Eight years ago, the country was experiencing an entirely different sort of Inauguration Day. On January 20, 2001, people were outraged.

2006 Africa Trip Launched Obama Presidency: Lynn Sweet

Chicago Sun-Times | Lynn Sweet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Obama traveled to Africa, and on Aug. 21, 2006, outside Cape Town, in South Africa, he paid a visit to former Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as the Iraq war...

Obama's Moment: Historians Say He Could Redefine The Presidency

Washington Post | Barton Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barack Obama takes office today with a realistic prospect of joining the ranks of history's most powerful presidents....

Obama Will be one of Our Greatest Presidents

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Obama is consistent in the way he treats people, kind and personally humble. He lives by the code that those who lead must serve. He believes that. He lives it. He lived it long before he was in the public eye.