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A Scripted Life

Aimee Lee Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aimee Lee Ball

This is more than you really need to know about me, but I haven't been sleeping well lately--jet lag, the economy, the heat, the world, not to mention...

Why Are Liberals so Angry With President Obama?

Shadi Hamid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shadi Hamid

A new conventional wisdom is emerging: more and more liberals seem to be disillusioned with President Obama when they should actually be grateful, pre...

Biography of an American Voter

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

There's a substantial pool of older voters who voted for the winner in every Presidential election since 1960. But given the huge ideological differences involved, how can this be?

President Obama Now Looks and Acts like FDR

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The comparison of then Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the height of the presidential campaign was hype...

Obama Aides To Meet With Atheists On White House Grounds

McClatchy | Margaret Talev | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has burnished his Christian credentials, courted Jewish support and preached outreach toward Muslims. On Friday, ...

ElBaradei Returns to Egypt as Expectations Run High

Meedan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Meedan

As hundreds gathered at Cairo International Airport yesterday to welcome Mohammed ElBaradei on his return to Egypt, the Egyptian media and blogosphere...

Clinton And The Mortality Of The Democratic Party

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Will Nelligan In 2004, after he under...

America Is Not A Democracy, Stop Pretending It Is

Aindriu Colgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aindriu Colgan

For all those condemning Citizens United vs. FEC as an end to democracy in America, let's go over a few things. Firstly, America is not a democracy. ...

Post-Racial, Maybe, But is the Presidency Post-Political?

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

I think what I saw in Obama's State of the Union Address is the harbinger of a sea change in the Presidency and in how we are governed. At least, I hope so.

Obama's One Term Obsession

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs presumably spoke on good authority when he said that President Obama was "comfortable" with being a one term ...

Learn From History Mr. President: Articulate Your National Security Vision Or Pay the Political Price

Julian E. Zelizer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Julian E. Zelizer

Playing defense on national security can quickly turn into a huge political liability for presidents.

What Next for Democrats?

Guy T. Saperstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Guy T. Saperstein

Democrats need to stop feeling sorry for themselves and stop issuing idiotic statements that they can't "mathematically" do anything. "Mathematics" didn't stop Republicans and there's no reason for Democrats to act paralyzed now.

Barack Obama Learning Work Ethic From His Daughter Malia

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

While watching Obama give himself such a stellar grade, I was reminded of a statement he made last month about education. His daughter, Sasha brought home a B.

Is Obama Keeping His Promises?

Newsweek | Anna Quindlen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

History will judge Barack Obama over the long haul. But we've learned something in the short term that is simple, obvious, and has less to do with him...

Too Soon To Tell? Judging A President's Progress

The New York Review of Books | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The New York Review of Books Huffington Post: At the anniversary of the election of Barack Obama, we're taking a close look at how he's done and what...

He Should Have Turned It Down

Jesse Berney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jesse Berney

Barack Obama's presidency is 17 days younger than my daughter, and she just figured out how to put Cheerios into her mouth. The Norwegian Nobel Committee made a grave mistake.

Obama Again Reminds He's Not Black President Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The Congressional Black Caucus got another painful reminder that President Obama is not black President Obama. In a press interview Obama bluntly sai...

Hillary Is Still the Best President That Wasn't

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Millions still have a deep respect, admiration, and appreciation for her tireless work as a women's rights advocate, her fight for health care reform, civil rights, and international diplomacy.

Thank You for (Not) Running for President

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Sigman

In the U.S. any child can grow up to become president. But with our new 24/7 cable/Internet news culture, it's more fun to explain why you're not running for President.

One Term President? New York Review Blog By Garry Wills

The New York Review of Books | Garry Wills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Garry Wills The New York Review of Books Blog I am told by people I respect that Barack Obama cannot pull out of both Iraq and Afghanistan without be...

A Nobel Prayer

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The vitriol against Obama's peace prize and "those Norwegians" who gave it to him is much deeper than the president's lack of achievements thus far; it is based on a fundamental clash of worldviews.

Why It's Good for Obama the Olympic Committee Didn't Pick Chicago

Roger Wolfson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Wolfson

It benefits a President to realize he can lose. It benefits a President to realize the stakes are real and failure - real, abject failure - is an option decidedly in play.

The Normalizing of the Presidency

David D. Burstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David D. Burstein

Barack Obama might be one of the most normal presidents we have had in years. His connectedness to the real world is one of the things that made him appealing as a candidate.

"School Children Singing the Praises of President Obama" (Apparently as a Public School Class Project):

Eugene Volokh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eugene Volokh

Public school classrooms shouldn't be used to sing the praises of any sitting (or recent) political figure, whether Bush or Obama or anyone else.

Despite Obama in Ghana, a Bad Month for African Democracy

Todd Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Todd Moss

In Mauritania the vote was so obviously suspicious that the electoral chief resigned and the opposition rejected the results.