Barack Obama

Unaccountable

Though an intelligence agency operates largely in secret, its credibility depends on respect for the law and clear accountability.

Obama, Beyond the Sound Bite

The president has reason to be frustrated that one sentence ripped out of context can paint a picture of a directionless approach to the world.
Kurdish "peshmerga" troops stand guard against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the province of Ninevah, Iraq, Aug. 6

Reluctant Rescue

Does the threat of ISIS justify expanding military involvement in Iraq? Obama faces a decision he set out to avoid.

Blind Ideological Justice

We are confronted with a conservative judiciary using any argument it can to win ideological victories that elude their side in the elected branches of government.

A More Accommodating Accommodation?

In his short and perplexing concurrence on Hobby Lobby, Justice Kennedy offered a path to resolving the dispute over the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.

After Hobby Lobby

It’s unfortunate that the Obama administration’s initial, parsimonious exemption for religious groups helped ignite the firestorm that led to Hobby Lobby.

Dick Cheney’s Chutzpah

Cheney's Obama polemic would be outrageous even if our former vice president’s record on Iraq was one of absolute clairvoyance. But he was wrong in almost every way.

The Duplicity of the Ideologues

Robert Kagan endeavors to beguile while constructing a version of “truth” that ignores inconvenient facts. There’s a name for this technique: It’s called propaganda.

Caught in the Gap

We are now beginning to see the consequences of Red State hostility to health-care reform, and they are devastating for the poor.

Defensive Secretary

Gates saw himself as a manager working to get things done. But managerial skills used in the service of getting the wrong things done is of little help to anybody.

All Hands on Deck

The National Climate Assessment report makes clear that the emission of carbon is causing climate change; this is not a hypothesis, but a scientific fact.

LBJ's Way

The justified revival of Lyndon B. Johnson’s standing brings with it new appreciation of the durability of the social reforms enacted on his watch.
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Book Reviews

Defensive Secretary

May 14, 2014 | 7 comments

Reform of the Reform

October 31, 2013 | 7 comments

Outside the Law

April 22, 2013 | 1 comment

Wedged Apart

January 28, 2013 | 0 comments

Misaligned

October 15, 2012 | 0 comments

Backstage Pass

August 9, 2010 | 0 comments

Conciliator-in-Chief

August 9, 2010 | 0 comments