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Obama Presidency

Why Barack Obama Needs To Fail

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Not only is failure an option, it is an imperative. Leaders who actively seek to avoid failure are destined to choose the most expedient, and therefore the most treacherous path.

Phasing Out of Transition and Into the Book Business

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Leaving transition work, I find myself a lot more hopeful about generally progressive policy coming out of the Obama administration than some of my friends in the progressive blogosphere.

Obamavision in Need of an Eye Exam -- Part 1: Education*

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Goulston, M.D.

How can becoming more competent and capable compete with having or doing things just for the sake of a distraction?

Unleash Your Inner Obama

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

This was originally published on November 8th, 2008. President-elect Barack Obama has captured the world's imagination. He has helped us believe that...

Thomas B. Edsall

Stage Set For Obama To Exercise Immense Power Over Domestic Policy | Thomas B. Edsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The economic crisis in combination with the staffing of the White House have set the stage for Barack Obama to acquire as much or more power over dome...

Achieving the Impossible: Expectations for an Obama Presidency

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The early keys to a successful Obama administration will be managing expectations and setting up an administration that will be proactive and not get sidetracked by the inevitable events and crises.

Obama Inauguration Speech -- A Draft

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Rosenbaum

Obama will have a rare opportunity to use the inauguration as far more than a symbolic event. It will be his first State of the Union message and moment to set an urgent and clear direction for the nation. Here's the speech I hope he'll deliver.

The Progressive Dilemma

James Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
James Block

Many progressives are anxious and even skeptical about the emerging Obama administration. As a card-carrying devotee of the (cardless) progressive movement, I sympathize.

I Have a (Christmas) Dream

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

The need to act and act forcefully is now. Obama realizes this, the American people realize this, Congress realizes this, and even Dubya has inkling that something is not right.

Unearthing Common Ground: Why Reducing Abortions is Not the Goal

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Debra Haffner

The call to reduce unintended pregnancies is the right one. What we must focus on now are the means: sex education (not abstinence-only) and universal access to contraceptive services.

AIDS Health Workers and Anti-Trafficking Activists -- Is There a Conflict?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marcia G. Yerman

In March of 2008, I interviewed a senior State Department Official who discussed efforts to highlight awareness of the link between sex trafficking and HIV/AIDS.

President Obama Should Host a UNFCCC Climate Change Summit

Ben Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ben Carmichael

President-elect Obama has pledged that his administration will mark a "new chapter in America's leadership on climate change." The question is: What will open that first chapter?

Global Media Debate Hillary Selection

James Freedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Freedman

World Editorial Roundup for December 2, 2008.

When Will Obama Appoint a Secretary of the People?

Sanjiv Gupta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sanjiv Gupta

We have elected the next president. Now we desperately need him to name someone whose sole purpose is to defend our interests. When will Obama appoint a Secretary of the People?

President Obama: Israel Is Ready for You

Yoav Sivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yoav Sivan

After eight years of failed American policy in the Middle East, President Obama has the chance to reassert constructive American leadership in one of the most complex geopolitical regions of the world.


Bernard Rowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bernard Rowan

It's time to bring in a new generation of leaders to the White House, not just a new version of the same.

Axelrod: No "Potted Plants" In Obama's Cabinet

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Appearing on ABC's This Week, senior Obama adviser David Axelrod was asked whether a potential Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would have the "full...

President of Earthjustice on Being the Earth's Lawyer Under Obama

Eric Kuhn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Eric Kuhn

We are eager to work with the new administration. With that being said, we also stand ready to act to hold the new administration accountable if it fails to enforce laws protecting the environment.

The Trouble with Hillary

Chez Pazienza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chez Pazienza

The question is whether the good to be had by appointing Hillary Clinton to a high position in the incoming government outweighs the bad. Is she really worth all the baggage? No, she isn't.

How Obama Can Clean Up the Mess

Tim Berry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tim Berry

The debt rose as high as 120% of GNP during the New Deal. And, furthermore, that led to the most prosperous two decades in US history.

Obama's Must-Do List Keeps Getting Longer

AP | JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama isn't president yet, but his must-do list just got longer. The newest addition to the lengthy list of tasks after tak...

Keep the White House Drapes: Bring Back the Solar Panels

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Loeb

What if Obama, instead of redecorating the White house, took a powerful symbolic stand by using the already allocated money to bring back solar panels to make the White House more energy efficient?

Obama's Herculean Challenge

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

Obama will fail if he tries anything "inside the box." The only way he's going to pull us out of this multifaceted manure pile is by being open to big bold ideas and then taking Herculean steps.

A Citizen's Pledge To President-Elect Obama

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

We will... Give your administration the benefit of the doubt when you initiate policies we personally disagree with but that are part of your overall recovery plan.

A Canadian-Style Apology to America

Vanessa Richmond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vanessa Richmond

I'm still reading Obama-mania news and opinion pieces voraciously, but already, the rosy glasses are losing their hue.