Tag: Obama

Beating the Drum

March 2014

The National Book Award winner on substance abuse in the rural South and being told she’d written “just a Southern book.”

Karen Greenberg: The Five Commandments of Barack Obama

February 2014

How Thou Shalt Not Became Thou Shalt.

Alfred McCoy: Surveillance and Scandal

January 2014

NSA surveillance isn’t just about security. It’s about blackmail.

Cora Currier: What We Still Don’t Know About Drones

November 2013

The government’s tally of civilian deaths, and guidelines on who can be targeted, just to name a few.

Bill McKibben: X-Ray of a Flagging Presidency

October 2013

Will Obama block the Keystone pipeline or just keep bending?

Richard Falk: Malala and Eartha Kitt — Words that Matter

October 2013

How to behave when you get your invitation to the White House.

Robert Reich: Republican Crazy Talk About the Debt Ceiling

October 2013

A crazy person with a bomb is much scarier than someone holding a bomb who looks and acts reasonable.

Mugambi Jouet: An Exceptional Distortion

September 2013

“American exceptionalism” does not mean what most people think it means.

Richard Falk: Resolving the Syrian Chemical Weapons Crisis

September 2013

If an attack on Syria is averted, it could mark a welcome shift in U.S. foreign policy.

Andrew J. Bacevich: The Hill to the Rescue on Syria?

September 2013

Congress has an opportunity to debate and reconsider decades of foreign policy, but don’t get your hopes up about it.

Robert Reich: Obama’s Political Capital and the Slippery Slope of Syria

September 2013

If Congress approves a strike on Syria, it could come at great political cost.

Lois Beckett: Voter Information Wars

April 2013

Will the GOP team up with Wal-Mart’s data specialist?

Robert Reich: The Stealth Sequester

April 2013

Americans are starting to feel the pain. They just don’t know it yet.

Ira Chernus: Obama Walks the High Wire, Eyes Closed

April 2013

When it comes to Israel, Palestine, and Iran, it could all come crashing down.

Justin Elliott: Drilling Deeper

March 2013

Obama’s energy pick has a wealth of business connections.

Cora Currier: Despite New Pardons, Obama’s Clemency Rate is Still Lowest in Recent History

March 2013

The president has exercised his pardoning power less frequently than his four immediate predecessors.

Theodoric Meyer: Under Obama, More Appointments Go Unfilled

February 2013

Why did 13 percent of appointed positions remain unfilled after the President’s first term?

Cora Currier: The Drone War Doctrine We Still Know Nothing About

February 2013

Most drone strikes are directed at unidentified targets—not U.S. citizens or known Al Qaeda leaders—with murky justification.

Robert Reich: Why Obama Must Meet the Republican Lies Directly

February 2013

The sequester won’t hurt most Americans directly. Trickle-down and austerity economics, in the long run, will.

Cora Currier: At Least 20 CIA Prisoners Still Missing

February 2013

Long after the US government claims to have shut down its secret prisons, detainees remain unaccounted for.

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.

Michael T. Klare: A Presidential Decision That Could Change the World

February 2013

The strategic importance of Keystone XL.

Robert Reich: Coming Tuesday (Hopefully)—The State of the Union’s Economy

February 2013

Obama should focus on the predominant concerns of most Americans—joblessness, economic insecurity, and the fall of real wages.

Cora Currier: Drone Strikes Test Legal Grounds for War on Terror

February 2013

What constitutes ‘necessary and appropriate force’?

Tom Engelhardt: The American Lockdown State

February 2013

Post-Legal drones, the Bin Laden tax, and other wonders of our American world.

Robert Reich: The GOP Crackup

January 2013

How Obama is unraveling Reagan Republicanism.

Cora Currier: Everything We Know So Far About Drone Strikes

January 2013

The U.S. is conducting drone strikes in at least three countries beyond Iraq and Afghanistan. Here’s a reading guide to understanding the our shadow wars.

Richard Tofel: For Obama, More Prose than Poetry in Second Inaugural

January 2013

Richard Tofel, president of ProPublica, provides his thoughts on Monday’s inauguration speech.

Bill McKibben: Obama Versus Physics

January 2013

Why climate change won’t wait for the president.

Justin Elliott: Have U.S. Drones Become a ‘Counterinsurgency Air Force’ for Our Allies?

November 2012

Micah Zenko talks about the uncertain motives underlying US drone policy.