Barack Obama

The Resurgent Progressives

The re-emergence of a Democratic left will be one of the major stories of 2014. Moderates, don’t be alarmed: Its return is good news for the political center.

Alternative Medicine

The Republican leadership seems to hope Obamacare will collapse under its own weight. Not all conservatives are convinced of the wisdom of that approach.

Minimal Wages

The argument for raising the minimum wage is as much moral as economic; it is an argument about fairness and the dignity of labor.

System Failure

As a signature policy issue, President Barack Obama’s national health-care program is right up there with Bush’s Iraq.

Obama Needs His Friends Back

President Obama is furiously fending off those “winter of discontent” stories, and it’s not even winter yet.

America Shifts Left

Republicans took a step back from the tea party. An ebullient progressive was elected mayor of New York. And a Democrat was elected governor of Virginia.

Keep It Vague

Contemporary liberal political philosophers are kindly disposed toward the idea of religious liberty but eager to contain the influence of religion over politics.

Reform of the Reform

Nowhere is the sickness of privatization more apparent than in public education, where "reformers" promote it in the guise of the pursuit of excellence.

First, Admit the Problem

Sluggish growth and persistent unemployment are the real problems. The paradox is that the deficit would be less challenging if we'd been less preoccupied with it.

Don't Give Up on the Uninsured

States that created their own healthcare exchanges and expanded Medicaid coverage are providing insurance to tens of thousands of customers.

A Case for Hope

Let's allow ourselves hope after the defeat of extremists who closed the government down to accomplish nothing. Some important things have changed for the better.

Please, Can We Govern Now?

Our nation escaped the worst. But there were consequences to the decision of a craven House Republican leadership that knew it was picking a fight it could not win.
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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