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Obama Second Term

Truth and Justice: The American Way?

Matthew Dowd | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

If he weren't president today, Professor Obama would be up in arms over the actions of President Obama and his administration. In fact, he was up in arms over similar things involving the administration of President Bush.

Is Obama Cursed?

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's second-term agenda hit a road block this month when a series of scandals within the administration stacked up, one after anot...

Obama and Nixon: A Historical Perspective

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Those who bother to read these historical snippets will find many important departures and only tenuous parallels between the Obama Administration's IRS affair and Richard Nixon's Watergate-era IRS scandal.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week saw the kickoff of Second Term Scandal Season, though the first entrants fall on very different parts of the manufactured scandal vs. real scandal continuum. On the deeply-contrived end is Benghazi -- with supposedly damning White House emails having been altered by GOP leakers. On the actually scandalous end is the administration's snooping through the AP's phone records, which the New York Times called "an effort to frighten off whistle-blowers." The incident points out the hypocrisy of a White House that praises whistleblowers in the abstract, but then goes after them -- aggressively and often. "Speaking truth to power is now a criminal act," says whistleblower and former NSA executive Thomas Drake, who the DOJ charged under the WW I-era Espionage Act. It's President Obama's war against whistleblowers that is the true scandal.

Obama 2.0: Breaking the Impasse

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
Aiko Stevenson

Within the first quarter of his final term, Barack Obama has chalked up two frustrating defeats: the sting of across the board budget cuts, followed by the bite of failed gun sales reform. And, now the specter of a triple faced scandal threatens to engulf his presidency.

Pyromaniacs on the Potomac: The Problem With Obama's Second Term

Robert Reich | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Six months into a second term and the Obama White House is on the defensive and floundering: Benghazi, the IRS's investigations of right-wing groups, the Justice Department's snooping into journalists' phone records, Obamacare behind schedule, the Administration's push for gun control ending in failure.

GOP 'Frenzy' Sparks New Obama Strategy

AP | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

BY JULIE PACE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Faced with a trio of controversies, President Barack Obama is trying to halt a perception spread...

Obama Going Bulworth?

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

The New York Times reported that President Barack Obama has spoken privately of "going Bulworth," a reference to the 1998 Warren Beatty movie about a ...

Obama May Not Be Immune To 'Curse' Phenomenon

The Washington Post | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

Recent events suggest that the 44th president may not be immune to the phenomenon that historians call the "second-term curse." ...

Whatever Happened to Hope and Change?

John R. Burbank | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
John R. Burbank

Mr. Obama used the middle class, the hope of and for the middle class, as the lever to get reelected. Remember growing the economy from the middle out? Now that has also become a mere rhetorical flourish, gaining votes and signifying nothing.

Obama's Second Term Agenda On The Line

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's second-term agenda will be robustly tested this week, with gun control and immigration in the spotlight on Capi...

Obama's Failing Second Term Presidency

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Barack Obama decisively defeated Republicans in the 2012 election. But Republicans are successfully kicking his butt in the post election.

Obama: Flailing

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

If you understand where President Obama is headed in his second term, pray send me an email. I like him, wish him God-speed, and might well support where he is going -- if I could just figure out where that is.

Obama 2.0: Time to Make a Mad Dash

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 05.08.2013 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

Many see it as a litmus test for the president's true commitment to the environment: "If Obama "cannot say "no" to Keystone -- the dirtiest of the dirty -- can he say no to anything?

Sequester Drama Threatens Obama's Second Term Plans

Reuters | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

* Polls show Obama gets some of the blame in budget crisis * Immigration, gun control could be overshadowed * Romney eme...

GOP Govs Softening Rhetoric Toward Obama While Faced With Own Challenges

AP | KEN THOMAS and STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Many Republican governors who worked to thwart much of President Barack Obama's first-term agenda are shifting gears and softening their...

Joy Resmovits

Obama's Big Push For Kids | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama is traveling to Georgia today to press a plan he announced in his State of the Union address to dramatically expand preschool. ...

New Fair Housing Rule at HUD Signals Renewed Commitment to Civil Rights in President Obama's Second Term

Philip Tegeler | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Philip Tegeler

For years, housing and the American Dream have been inextricably linked. By acting on the fair housing initiatives it began to develop during President Obama's first term, HUD can help disadvantaged Americans settle into communities with quality homes, schools and employment opportunities.

Christian Left Sees Optimism In Obama's Second Term

Religion News Service | Chris Herlinger | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Heartened by his inaugural calls for gay marriage and for bold action on climate change, leaders of the Christian left are confident th...

Race and Obama's Second Term -- Part I

Preeti Vissa | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

One of the most common questions I get is, "Why do you keep talking about race?" I'd say a better question is, "Why does America try so hard not to talk about race?" Discrimination didn't disappear when civil rights laws were passed, and its lingering effects remain a major factor in America.

The Idea of America

William E. White | Posted 04.02.2013 | Education
William E. White

We the citizens of this nation must call on our community, state, and federal leaders to rededicate our educational system to the education of citizens through the teaching of the humanities. Education is the essential stimulant of citizenship.

The Great Obama Shuffle

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Barack Obama arrived in Washington in 2009 buoyed by the slogan "change we can believe in." The bitter Hagel hearings will be a fierce reminder that, when it comes to foreign policy, old is new, and the words "change" and "Washington" don't belong in the same sentence.

Are We Still a Center-Right Country?

Ben Zweifach | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Ben Zweifach

Perhaps it isn't that Americans are and always have been "center-right" in their beliefs; but simply that our constitutional machinery has made our country so.

This Is Activism's Moment

Hugh Hogan | Posted 04.01.2013 | New York
Hugh Hogan

How do we build on this essential post-election moment, in which the forces of progress have a shot at shoring up reforms of the last century, and making our system more fair, just and compassionate?

Obama's Popularity Rises To 3-Year High

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

President Obama's popularity among constituents is rising in the early days of his second term. According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, 60 p...