Barack Obama

New Nukes?

With little fanfare, President Obama is embarking upon an ambitious $1 trillion program to enhance U.S. nuclear striking power. How will his successor proceed?

Obama Fights the Furies

With venomous voices of the GOP dominating dialogue, President Obama used his final State of the Union message to battle against intolerance, anger, and pessimism.

Ending the Gun Lobby’s Con Game

Only fearlessness will flip the politics of guns. Republicans can't forever embrace an irrational absolutism that leaves the country powerless before carnage.

Steady Pulse

As another bitterly partisan presidential contest unfolds, it would be good to keep in mind the striking achievements of the Affordable Care Act.

After Paris

How to remove ISIS is a puzzle whose solution will require resolve, patience, and international cooperation. For the United States to act alone would be a mistake.

A Paris Moment for American Politics?

It remains to be seen whether a monstrous terrorist attack will shake the trajectory of a presidential campaign that is operating within a logic of its own.

Joe Biden's Dignity

His withdrawal speech sounded like an announcement speech, and it captured the aching ambivalence of Joe Biden. So why didn’t he run the race he wanted to join?

The Conservative Evasion on Guns

We won't act unless political parties that block action lose their majorities. Yes, I mean a Republican Party that's aligned itself with the interests of gun makers.

'Small Mercies: A Novel'

Set on present day Staten Island Eddie Joyce's 'Small Mercies' traces the effect of 9/11 on the families of people living in “the servants’ quarters of New York."

The Right Question About Government

The run-up to Labor Day brought news on the actions of the National Labor Relations Board and other government agencies to strengthen the rights of workers.

Iran & the Case for Realism

The principal defense of Obama’s stewardship rests on the idea that his realism about what military power can and can’t achieve has recalibrated America's approach.

Letter from Rome

Traditionalists grumble Francis is stacking the Synod assembly with "lefties"; 2016 World Day of Peace theme is announced, along with a long list of global issues.
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