Tag: barack obama
Building in VerseApril 2014
The inaugural poet on writing through cultural dualities, the pleasure of bilingualism, and why “the poem is a kind of mathematical proof.”
David Bromwich: The VoiceMarch 2014
How Obama became a publicist for his presidency (rather than the president).
Nick Turse: The Special Ops SurgeJanuary 2014
Elite U.S. forces are deployed in 134 countries. We know little about their missions.
Charles Ornstein: Why Two Obama Loyalists Lost Their Health PoliciesNovember 2013
Two casualties of the transitioning American healthcare system.
Robert Reich: The Democrat’s Version of Health Insurance Would Have Been Cheaper, Simpler, and More PopularOctober 2013
So why did we enact the Republican version, and why are they so upset?
Robert Reich: Why Obama and the Democrats Shouldn’t Negotiate with ExtortionistsOctober 2013
“Why Obama and the Democrats must not yield to Republican bullying.”
Kara Brandeisky: Before Obama was PresidentAugust 2013
As a senator, Obama supported strong controls on surveillance. As president, not so much..
A Hoopoe’s Unguiding NarrativeAugust 2013
An Iranian writer finds meaning and meaninglessness in the fact of her Jewish roots.
Cora Currier: Four Years Ago Obama Promised to Investigate Afghan MassacreJune 2013
Has anything happened since?
Richard Falk: Ending Perpetual War? Endorsing Drone Warfare?June 2013
President Obama, drone warfare, and the self-mystifying glories of American exceptionalism.
Andrew Bacevich: Naming Our Nameless WarMay 2013
How many years will it be?
Theodoric Meyer: As Need for New Flood Maps Rises, Congress and Obama Cut FundingMay 2013
Congress has cut funding for updating flood maps by more than half since 2010, from $221 million down to $100 million this year.
Robert Reich: Pyromaniacs on the PotomacMay 2013
The problem with Obama’s second term.
Christie Thompson: Is Obama Delivering on His Promise of a “21st Century” Approach to Drugs?May 2013
A look at the administration’s latest approach to drugs, and what they’ve done so far.
Robert Reich: The Hollowing Out of GovernmentMay 2013
When Republicans can’t repeal laws they don’t like, they hollow them out, deny funds to fully implement them, and reduce funds to enforce them.
Jennifer LaFleur: Has Obama Kept His Open-Government Pledge?February 2013
Experts weigh in on the transparency gains of the last four years and what’s in store in the next four.
Robert Reich: Coming Tuesday (Hopefully)—The State of the Union’s EconomyFebruary 2013
Obama should focus on the predominant concerns of most Americans—joblessness, economic insecurity, and the fall of real wages.
Justin Elliott: Obama’s Flip-Flops on Money in PoliticsFebruary 2013
Four years, four reversals on dark money.
Amis UnfilteredFebruary 2013
The provocateur on Obama’s second term and the role of bad behavior in fiction.
Robert Reich: The GOP CrackupJanuary 2013
How Obama is unraveling Reagan Republicanism.
Richard Tofel: For Obama, More Prose than Poetry in Second InauguralJanuary 2013
Richard Tofel, president of ProPublica, provides his thoughts on Monday’s inauguration speech.
Lois Beckett: In Minnesota, Democractic Grandmas Gather Data About Their NeighborsJanuary 2013
Campaign volunteers feed information into ever-expanding voter databases.
Theodoric Meyer: How Bad Is Our Debt Problem, Anyway? And Will a Deal Fix It?December 2012
The reality of America’s debt crisis, and the likelihood that Washington can find a solution.
Tom Engelhardt: The Barack Obama StoryDecember 2012
An open letter to the community organizer and Constitutional law professor who became a robot President.
Robert Reich: Opening Positions on the Cliff Deal: Déjà Vu All Over AgainNovember 2012
The President lays out his plan for America’s fiscal future.
Robert Reich: Why is the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers Helping the Republicans?November 2012
Panic over a looming fiscal crisis plays directly into the Republicans’ hands.
Robert Reich: The President’s Opening Bid on a Grand Bargain (II): Put a Trigger Mechanism in the LegislationNovember 2012
Robert Reich weighs in for strategies for getting the economy under control.
Robert Reich: The President’s Opening Bid on a Grand BargainNovember 2012
The administration should aim high when it begins its negotiations on deficit reduction.
Alfred W. McCoy: Beyond Bayonets and BattleshipsNovember 2012
Technology is reshaping the face of U.S. military power, but is it for the best?
Robert Reich: Obama’s Next Economy: Why He Must Take This Opportunity to Reframe the Economic DebateNovember 2012
With the fiscal cliff approaching, it’s time for Obama to make some big decisions. Here’s what he should do.
Emily Raboteau: Daughters of ObamaNovember 2012
In the wake of the election of Barack Obama, a writer explores black American identity and the ritual of return in Ghana.
Tana Wojczuk: Mitt Romney as Shakespeare’s CoriolanusNovember 2012
In the aftermath of Sandy, it’s time to reevaluate what it means to be dependent on government.
David Morris: A Stormy Reminder of Why We Need GovernmentOctober 2012
Sandy has been a vivid reminder of the role of Government.
Richard Falk: Comparing Presidential Elections: 2008 versus 2012October 2012
How hope and fear have defined America’s last two presidential campaigns.
Robert Reich: If You Succumb to Cynicism, the Regressives Win It AllOctober 2012
Dear progressives: You may think there’s not a huge difference between Obama and Romney. But there is, and you should still vote.
Jay Walljasper: What is Mitt Romney Planning for America?October 2012
Where does the rage in the Republican Party come from?
Robert Reich: Obama is BackOctober 2012
President Obama’s performance in Tuesday’s debate was a significant improvement.
Tom Engelhardt: Overwrought EmpireOctober 2012
The discrediting of U.S. military power.
Mattea Kramer: Tough Talk for AmericaOctober 2012
A guide to the presidential debates you won’t be hearing.
Tom Engelhardt: Obama Against the WorldSeptember 2012
Forget Mitt Romney, can the president make it to November 7?
Robert Reich: Four Reasons Romney Might Still WinSeptember 2012
The election’s not over yet, and rumors of Romney’s demise are premature.
Harry Boyte: The President and the CitizenSeptember 2012
A vision of citizenship expressed in Obama’s convention speech might signal a new direction for his administration–and the country.
Robert Reich: The Real Importance of Bill Clinton’s Wonderfully Long SpeechSeptember 2012
Clinton’s speech has given Americans just what they need: facts.
Harry Boyte: Did We Build It?September 2012
A history of the concept of the commonwealth in American politics sheds some light on who exactly is the we in We Built It.
Robert Reich: How Romney Keeps Lying Through His Big White TeethAugust 2012
How are patently false statements permissible in political ads?
Robert Reich: George W. Bush as Hurricane IsaacAugust 2012
Hurricane Isaac may end up reminding voters of the legacy of George W. Bush.
Alfred W. McCoy: Impunity at Home, Rendition AbroadAugust 2012
How two administrations and both parties made illegality the American way of life.
Robert Reich: The Ryan ChoiceAugust 2012
By selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney has provided a stark contrast for voters.
Robert Reich: The Terrible Economy and the Anti-Election of 2012July 2012
Facing the worst economy in at least a generation, both presidential candidates are hamstrung by the machines that would elect them
Noam Chomsky: Destroying the CommonsJuly 2012
How the Magna Carta became a minor carta.
Robert Reich: The Truth About Obama’s Tax ProposalJuly 2012
There’s the media portraying President Obama’s tax proposal, and then there’s the real thing.
Tom Engelhardt: The Military SolutionJuly 2012
A process of militarization is working its way through all facets of American government, and it’s not likely to stop any time soon.
Michael T. Klare: Is Barack Obama Morphing Into Dick Cheney?June 2012
President Obama’s approach to energy policy is surprisingly close Dick Cheney’s. What this tells us about America’s new nationalism.
Tom Engelhardt: It Couldn’t Happen Here, It Does Happen ThereJune 2012
The value of American—and Afghan—lives.
Nick Turse: The New Obama Doctrine, A Six-Point Plan for Global WarJune 2012
Civilian soldiers, drones, and cyber attacks are just a few elements of the Obama formula for contemporary war.
Noam Chomsky Comments on the “Kill List”June 2012
Guernica Editor in Chief Joel Whitney tracked down Noam Chomsky to get his opinion on the President’s recently revealed ‘kill list.’
Tom Engelhardt: Praying at the Church of St. DroneJune 2012
An unprecedented expansion of authority has created a new role for the president: Assassin-in-Chief.
Robert Reich: Why Obama Should Be Attacking Casino CapitalismMay 2012
Are the recent controversies surrounding JPMorgan Chase and Bain Capital isolated incidents, or symptomatic of a single, larger problem?
Josh Dratel: Updates in the War on Civilian PrivacyMay 2012
With surveillance cameras on every corner and our smartphones tracking our every move, we’ve entered a new era of the war on civilian privacy.
Robert Reich: How Odd that Mitt’s Smitten With ClintonMay 2012
Mitt Romney has spoken highly of the Clinton administration. Is it pandering, or could he really mean it?
Robert Reich: The Dog that Didn’t BarkMay 2012
President Obama could differentiate himself in an election year by coming out strong against the excesses of Wall Street.
David Morris: Profiles of Political CourageMay 2012
Health care reform may be repealed if Republicans win in November, but it may not be the only president’s signature legislation that’s in danger.
Tom Engelhardt: The Obama ContradictionApril 2012
Obama: Weakling at home, imperial president abroad.
Tom Engelhardt: Drone Warfare and the United States of FearApril 2012
Anis Shivani interviews Tom Engelhardt, creator of TomDispatch, about how today’s political leaders are leading us toward Soviet-era doublethink and decline.
Nick Turse: Obama’s Arc of Instability: Destabilizing the World One Region at a TimeSeptember 2011
|A startling number of nations in the global south are now in turmoil, and in every single one of them—from Afghanistan and Algeria to Yemen and Zambia—Washington is militarily involved, overtly or covertly, in outright war or what passes for peace.|
On the Fly: Robert ReichApril 2011
The former Secretary of Labor on the Great Recession, class warfare, and why President Obama must challenge right-wing distortions with a counter-narrative.
Mark Dowie: On the Fly Podcast: Todd Gitlin On America’s Divine ExceptionalismFebruary 2011
|The inaugural episode of Guernica editor-at-large Mark Dowie’s interview series features sociologist Todd Gitlin, who argues that the relationship between America and Israel is steeped in the belief that both nations were “chosen” by God.|
Roger D. Hodge: On Obama’s Shamelessness and How to Save Harper’sFebruary 2011
|Former editor of Harper’s Magazine Roger Hodge speaks about his former employer, John “Rick” MacArthur, the current state of Harper’s, and why Obama’s State of the Union was “appalling.”|
Droning OnOctober 2010
From stepped up drone attacks, backsliding on torture, the Afghan surge, has Obama doubled down on Bush’s bets? Editor Joel Whitney interviews Tariq Ali on his new book. Recorded live at Asia Society.
Economics for the Rest of UsMay 2010
Columbia professor Moshe Adler on why Main Street needs to take economics back from Wall Street.
Norman Solomon: Escalation Scam: Troops in AfghanistanJuly 2009
“Escalation” is a word for a methodical process of acclimating people at home to the idea of more military intervention abroad — nothing too sudden, just a step-by-step process of turning even more war into media wallpaper.
The Limits to My Self-ImportanceJanuary 2009
The neo-conservative who coined “axis of evil” on how writing for the president is like writing for the movies, the administration’s “departures from the law,” and why the president should have brought in Democrats.