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Obama Second Term

Is 'Lincoln' A Memo To Obama From Liberal Hollywood?

Mike Hogan | Posted 01.12.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Hogan

Memo to President Barack Obama from your powerful friends in Hollywood: You are the president of the United States, clothed in immense power. Now use it. That, at least, seems to be the message of Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's surprisingly riveting examination of the 16th president's campaign to persuade that unruly collection of hicks, fanatics and thieves known as the House of Representatives to pass a Constitutional amendment abolishing slavery. Lincoln's Republican party outnumbered their Democratic rivals, but Constitutional Amendments require a two-thirds majority. So the challenge was to keep the Republican caucus in line and pick off about 20 votes from the other side. And so the arm-twisting began. If that sounds familiar, it should. It's reasonable to think that this film couldn't and wouldn't have been made at any other time.

The Difference Between Elections and Governing

Matthew Dowd | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

As we have become a more diverse and heterogeneous country (a good thing), many of the participants on the left and right have become less tolerant of each other (a not-so-good thing). The only way to govern this country is to bridge the divides that have become so apparent.

Election Over: Time for Progressive Dems to Face the Truth

Jeff Faux | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Jeff Faux

Whatever the demographic changes, if the Democratic Party produces another four years like the last four, it can kiss goodbye to the next election and probably several after that.

The Election Is Over; The Action Continues

Kal Penn | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Kal Penn

The election is over, but the fight isn't. We know that we can break through the gridlock in Congress, but only by increasing pressure on our representatives in their home districts. If we speak with one voice, they'll hear us.

What Does the Obama Victory Mean for the U.S. Food Justice Movement?

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 01.09.2013 | Home
Eric Holt Gimenez

If the Food Justice Movement expects a second Obama administration to help rebuild local food economies in underserved communities, then it will have to make its diverse voices heard -- politically.

What America's Top LGBT Leaders Think Obama Must Do Next

David Badash | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Badash

I asked 10 of America's top LGBT leaders what they are thinking. From GLAAD to HRC to GetEQUAL, leaders from some of the most active organizations, along with independent and grassroots activists and opinion shapers, shared with me their thoughts and plans for "Obama 2.0."

Is Job Creation on Obama's Second-Term Agenda?

Algernon Austin | Posted 11.09.2012 | Politics
Algernon Austin

President Obama can keep deficit reduction on his second-term agenda, but he needs to make certain that it does not interfere with the public's number one priority -- job creation.

Joshua Hersh

Obama's Second Term Will Bring New Challenges Over Drone Strikes | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday morning, as many Americans sifted through the voter data and exit poll numbers of President Barack Obama's reelection the n...

The Reelection of the President, and the Work Ahead

Miles Rapoport | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

Now that the election is over, the next phase of critically important work begins on these two fronts. On economic and fiscal policy, the closeness of the popular vote shows that Americans are really at a crossroads moment in thinking about our future directions.

President Obama: Your Second Term Is Your Second Chance to Get Housing Right

Tracy Van Slyke | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Tracy Van Slyke

President Obama, take this second chance to get it right on housing and use your mandate to help the millions of underwater homeowners across this country.

Ok, Obama Won -- Now What?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 01.07.2013 | Education
Sam Chaltain

What would a healthy tension between vision and mission look like in an ideal second term when it comes to public education? I'd suggest three things.

Build the Party or Build the Community?

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

Commentators have said a social movement brought President Obama a second term. But can we count on that in 2016, without Obama's "star" quality?

PHOTOS: How Newspapers Covered President Obama's Re-Election

Posted 11.07.2012 | Media

Newspaper front pages led with President Obama's re-election on Wednesday morning, after the race was called shortly after 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday night...

What a Second Obama Term Will Mean for Latinos

Arturo Carmona | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo Carmona

With the elections behind us, the "honeymoon" will be very short as Latinos will come to the administration with very high expectations of being heard more than in the first term.

Size Matters: Is Obama's Second Term Agenda Big Enough? It's Not Just About Talk -- It's About Performance

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

For the most part, the Democratic and Republican Parties don't disagree on goals. But goals aren't an agenda. When it comes to a mandate, size does matter.

An Endorsement With an Asterisk

Ami Fields-Meyer | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Ami Fields-Meyer

Under the belief that Obama should have treaded further on the issues he has undertaken -- that he hasn't done "enough" -- it would be counterintuitive for us to veer sharply toward a radical alternative.

Why Most Second Term Presidents Fail -- and What Obama Can Do to Beat the Odds

Alfred J. Zacher | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Alfred J. Zacher

Only 19 U.S. presidents have been elected to a second term. Out of those, only seven avoided a troubled or failed second term. Should this second-term curse enter into the decision to vote for Barack Obama?

Winning the Election -- And a Successful Second Term

Mike Lux | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

The chances for the Democrats to retake the House are now a lot better than the conventional wisdom has it, and my view is that for the sake of Obama's second term the entire party needs to re-orient itself to that possibility.

Jennifer Bendery

Nancy Pelosi: Partisan Gridlock Will Continue If Obama Is Reelected, Congress Keeps Current Majorities | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the partisan gridlock in Washington won't change if President Barack Obama gets reele...

The Biggest Economic Challenge of Obama's Second Term

Robert Reich | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

In accepting his party's nomination for president, Obama said the "basic bargain" that once rewarded hard work and gave everyone a fair shot had come undone. He's right. And the U.S. economy won't return to normal until that basic bargain is remade.

Obama: Re-Election Could Be Like 'Popping Of The Blister'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.30.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- President Barack Obama says his re-election might help end the political stalemate in Washington, much like popping a blister. In an...

Nick Wing

Obama Will Seek To Scale Back Drug War In Second Term | Nick Wing | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama will take steps to draw down the nation's decades-long war on drugs if he wins a second term, Marc Ambinder reports Monday in G...

What Obama's Second Term Could Look Like

The New Yorker | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics

In November, 1984, President Ronald Reagan was reëlected in a landslide victory over Walter Mondale, taking forty-nine states and fifty-nine per cent...

A Second Obama Term: Bad, But Not a Disaster

Eli Lehrer | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

I don't want a second Obama term at all. It will result in many policies I disagree with being advanced. But I tend to think it would still present at least some opportunities for those of us on the Right side of the political spectrum.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama: 'I Deserve A Second Term' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Sunday that he deserves another four years in the White House, even though the economy has been shaky throug...