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Obama Priorities

Obama: Crowding Out America

Ralph Nader | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Shouldn't it make sense that President Obama would enjoy spending more time addressing rising child poverty and restoring taxes on the rich and corporations than ordering self-defeating metastasizing military operations?

Americans Weigh In On What They Want Obama To Focus On

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's inaugural speech was a call to arms on issues like gun control and climate change, but both topics get short shrift to the ec...

Five Clean-Tech Actions for President Obama

Ron Pernick | Posted 01.07.2013 | Green
Ron Pernick

Now that the election is over, what steps can the president and new Congress take to ensure our nation's ongoing clean-energy leadership? Here are five actions for Mr. Obama that, if implemented, we believe would supercharge the U.S.'s clean-tech economy.

How Many 'Top Priority' Issues Does Obama Have?

CBS News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics


Yes It Was... A Mandate for "Progressive Patriotism"

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

As president, Obama is historically situated to reframe the American conversation around democracy, diplomacy, opportunity and a greener world. What's more patriotic than the story of progress?

Progressive Patriotism: How the 44th President Can Change Washington and America

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

It was a "change" election all right, but will it actually change Washington and America? November 2008 wasn't so much a culmination as it was the beginning of a new chapter in our national story.

Bush Meets Obama

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


After the (Grand Old) Party: Don't Go Home Just Yet

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

If the crowds celebrating Obama's victory go home in 2009, his Administration will achieve disappointing results. The President-Elect will confront a variety of national and global crises.

Desmond Tutu Compares Obama to Nelson Mandela; Calls Him "Post-Racial" President

Sean Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Jacobs

Tutu counsels that Obama "could squander the goodwill that his election has generated if he does not move quickly and decisively on the international front."

Media 'In the Tank' for Obama? Studies Don't Prove It (So Far) -- And Here's Why

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Can the media be faulted if one candidate is committing the major share of gaffes or making the most inaccurate statements in speeches and in ads? Is it "bias" to recognize that?

Sarah Palin Will Never Be President -- Trust Me

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The Republican Party is only a step away from becoming the fringe of the fringe -- and I speak as a former lifelong Republican who, up through the 2000 primary campaign supported McCain.

Looking Back with Pride, Looking Forward with Hope

Madeleine Albright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Madeleine Albright

There is a promise in Obama's election that goes beyond any explicit pledge made during the campaign. That potential may be found in the reaffirmation of America's identity as a true land of opportunity.

Not Everyone in Europe Happy America Has Black President

Sean Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Jacobs

Though Europeans generally rejoiced in Barack Obama's election as 44th President of the US, a number of leading European lawmakers and journalists have made "foot-in-mouth comments."

The President-Elect

Bob Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Edwards

I grew up in segregationist Louisville, Kentucky. Jim Crow is not a page in a history book to me -- I was there and I lived it.

An Appeal to Insanity

Sean Hartofilis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Hartofilis

Obama is not a terrorist. But you can call him whatever you'd like -- as long as you call him the President of the United States of America.

Dont You Get It? We Need a President of All the People!

Stephen H. Baum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen H. Baum

The pressure on Obama from self-centered, single-Issue constituencies has started. Don't you get it? We have an opportunity unlike any other for dec...

Does Obama's Win Extend to Business?

Tim Berry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tim Berry

They talk about coattails in terms of a popular candidate pulling other candidates with him. I hope Obama's victory has coattails in business too. Change is good.

Cry Baby

Matt Budd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Budd

Barack has a lot to live up to. There's a ton of weight on that man's shoulders, but I feel confident and hopeful that things will work out. I promise to try and keep a stiff upper lip at least until January 20.

Let's See That Audacity In Action

Julian E. Zelizer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julian E. Zelizer

Obama should push for measures to deal with a variety of urban issues in exchange for the financial assistance sought by auto makers, Wall Street investors, middle class homeowners and the rest of America.

Undoing the Bush Presidency: Why Stop There?

Ken Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Levine

Now comes word that President Obama plans on going back and correcting some of the boneheaded decisions Mr. Bush made while running the Texas Rangers (into the ground).

A Center-Left Agenda for the First 100 Days

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katrina vanden Heuvel

Working overtime, the Inside-the-Beltway Punditocracy continues to reveal its ability to ignore reality with its claims that this is still a center-right nation, despite all evidence to the contrary.