In the last decade a high-tech, privatized, covert version of war has become presidential property, fought at the White House's behest by robots, warrior corporations, and two presidentially controlled "private" forces.
When the people force events to overrun a president, we create the possibility for him (and someday for her) to reinvent the very idea of what we are as a country. Here's to forcing a hand willing to be forced.
The Administration has nominated candidates for only 10 of 16 vacancies on the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and 38 candidates for 72 vacancies in the District Courts. Why not give the Vice President a bigger role?
The president has met with Republicans and put together a tax deal that was, he said, the best he could get from them. Despite the outraged cries of liberal democrats, this may actually be a very good thing.
Progressives need to spend less time commiserating over all the good things that Congress should do but won't, and more time thinking about the things Obama could do if he aggressively seized the reins of government.
Ambitious assertions of presidential power are the logical outcome of a decades-long trend that started with Reagan and culminated under the "unitary executive" doctrine embraced by the George W. Bush administration.