Barack Obama

Don't Govern on Fantasies

The prevailing view among conservatives: The GOP's central goal should be to spend two more years making Obama look bad.

No Alternative to Hope

Barack Obama has always been right that joining the fray requires hope. So it is all the more dispiriting that Americans seem to be fed up with the whole thing.

The Blue-Collar Imperative

Republicans have been effective at turning the anger that working-class whites feel about being left behind against liberals, Democrats, and President Obama.

The Illusion of Control

Instead of accepting the cold calculus of politicians, we should look to something deeper for clues about the real sources of peace and conflict.

Muddled?

The United States commences air strikes against ISIS, without a clear sense of what can be achieved and without authorization from Congress.

The Mystifying Election

Karl Rove was on to something when he recently wrote “each passing day provides evidence as to why a GOP Senate majority is still in doubt.”

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.
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Book Reviews

Kill Chain

May 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Beyond the Abortion Wars

May 4, 2015 | 2 comments

One Nation Under God

April 20, 2015 | 0 comments

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