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No, Justice Alito, the President Was Right

Was it rude of President Obama to criticize the Supreme Court, whose members sat opposite him during his State of the Union address? Or did…

A Close Look at Those Republican Health Care Ideas

So lots of Americans, we are told, really wish the president would reach out to the Republican Party and come up with bipartisan solutions for…

The Administration’s Missed Opportunity on High-Speed Rail

President Obama flew down to Tampa, Florida, yesterday to wield his stimulus bat for “transformative” passenger train development and struck a mighty bunt for high-speed…

State of the Union: The Philosophical President

“There was quite a bit of lecturing, not leading.” This is what Sarah Palin said about Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech. Yes, I…

State of the Union: A Litany of Solid, Progressive Proposals

Facing almost as much uncertainty about the economy one year into his mandate as he did at the outset, President Obama gave his State of…

The Republican Response: Was that Army Sgt. Supposed to Be There?

I went slack-jawed during the Republican response when — lo and behold — right behind Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and in plain view of the…

State of the Union: Obama Doubles Down

Many conservatives hoped last night’s State of the Union Address would represent something of a white flag from President Obama. Some progressives hoped for a…

State of the Union: Obama Still Missing a Master Narrative

President Obama’s first State of the Union address was a surprisingly prosaic affair for a man of his oratorical gifts. It was practical, concrete, and…

State of the Union: Commander-in-Chief as Cheerleader

In the most raucous and gutsy State of the Union I can remember — the president challenged Democrats to not run for the hills, thrust…

Supreme Court Ruling Gives Boost to Public Funding Movement

The recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC has put campaign finance reform back on the nation’s political agenda. Now more than ever,…