This most recent gesture of President Obama's post-election goodwill toward Republicans has stunned Washington insiders and the public, especially those who have accused him of being reluctant to take bold action.
If you are facing losing your home, unemployment, divorce, kids going away, people dying, illness or any of the many ebbs and flows that life brings, do not let these events define you.
In the 90s, the major "bipartisan" policies that Bill Clinton enacted when he faced a hostile Republican Congress were all disastrous for the country. What was needed then -- and now -- was nothing short of a wholesale reaffirmation of the role of government in society.
I understand the "plague on both your houses" reaction. So it's with that in mind that I say this: Vote anyway. Please. And vote with enthusiasm, if such a thing is possible. I think it is possible.
When Obama's agenda began to peter out under the weight of Republican obstructionism and his own tendency to play it safe, it was the Democratic base that worked the hardest trying to prevent him from falling.
Just a note to the Press Secretary: The Times readership is surely not what it once was, but it remains the go-to source for tens of thousands of the aging lords of liberalism.
Americans are angry with the Obama administration, and the Obama administration is angry with -- bloggers? The left-leaning media? What's wrong with this picture?
What Obama is facing, which other presidents have not, is moment-by-moment online documentation of the distance between his words and his actions by issue advocates on his own side.
For many, the Democratic base includes African Americans, Latinos, gays and lesbians, young voters, union members and women. These voters combine for about 70 percent of the electorate, so obviously they are not all the base.
The National Bureau of Economic Research tells us the Great Recession is "over." The only thing this announcement reveals is how out of touch those who view human society through the lens of quantitative measurements can be.
The defeatist meme has disproportionately expanded for an election that is still six weeks away. But it's never over until it's over, and all this talk is nonsense, even when muttered by the mighty.
Twelve American soldiers charged with a total of 76 crimes, including the premeditated murders of three Afghan civilians and the beating of one or more fellow soldiers. Sounds like an outtake from Predator.
Out of the deluge, if there is one, President Obama may be able to convince the Republicans, who are no longer the opposition party and now might be blamed for the country's unsolved problems.
If you were sitting in Afghanistan, Iraq, or even places where our military is not active like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan or Indonesia what kind of media sausage is being made over there?
Peter Orszag's maiden voyage as a New York Times columnist resonates with twenty years of failed economic policy. It's a grab bag of Robert Rubin's Greatest Hits, remixed by a younger DJ for new audiences.
I don't blame the "professional left" or Robert Gibbs or Obama or even Rahm Emmanuel. I blame me. I was one of the last pragmatic progressives that swung from Hillary to Obama.