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Barack Obama

  1. politics
    Who’s the Change Agent Now?Joe Biden is delivering breakthroughs that long eluded Barack Obama. Who understands the presidency best?
  2. politics
    Obama Reminds Biden Who’s BossAs the ex-president teased his former veep at the White House on Tuesday, it felt like 2010 all over again.
  3. politics
    Stephen Breyer and the End of the Apolitical Supreme CourtEven John Roberts and Amy Coney Barrett claim to be above politics. But Breyer may be the last justice to actually believe it.
  4. the intelligencer profile
    Was Larry Summers Right All Along?How the ultimate Establishment figure became the preeminent critic of the Biden era’s economic consensus.
  5. 2022 midterms
    Biden’s Approval Rating Is Low But Still Higher Than Trump’sWith better skill than he’s shown lately and a bit of luck, Biden can mitigate 2022 midterm losses and bounce back in 2024.
  6. that happened
    The Time Clinton Took Over Obama’s White House Podium and Stayed AwhileAs Bill Clinton tries to revive Joe Biden’s stalled agenda, the president should remember his predecessor can be an excellent — if overeager — asset.
  7. authoritarianism
    Trump Endorses Viktor Orbán, His Hungarian Role ModelIt’s an unusual move that may signal what Trump hopes to achieve for himself.
  8. politics
    Are Democrats Just Repeating Obama’s First Year?There are some striking similarities between the party’s current problems and what they faced 12 years ago. But Obama did manage to get reelected.
  9. obits
    Harry Reid and the Power of PersistenceReid’s unlikely climb to power and his record as Senate Democratic leader were a testament to his determined loyalty to his party and his state.
  10. politics
    Why Biden Wants You to Think He’s Running in 2024Whether or not he actually plans to run again, there are many good reasons for the president to keep insisting that he’s seeking a second term.
  11. debt limit
    A Preview of GOP Tactics If They Win the House in 2022If Republicans take at least one chamber, the hostage-taking tactics deployed against Obama are coming back, with additional encouragement from Trump.
  12. the body politic
    The Betrayal of RoeDecades of neglect and cowardice have brought this country to the precipice.
  13. past is prologue
    Cheer Up, Democrats! You’ve Had It Worse Than This.The Democratic Party has a lot of problems, but it’s faced similarly sticky situations before and survived.
  14. economy
    Neoliberalism Died of COVID. Long Live Neoliberalism!How the predominant ideology of our time survived the pandemic.
  15. centrist democrats
    Most Centrist Democrats Aren’t Like Kyrsten SinemaParty unity is less of a problem for congressional Dems than their very thin margin for error.
  16. past is prologue
    Biden May Bounce Back Like Other Presidents HaveHistory shows that presidents usually get reelected unless they are unlucky, or, like Donald Trump, they work hard at alienating voters.
  17. politics
    Partisanship Put Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court. Now She’s Against It.The justice bemoaned perceptions of the Supreme Court following an introduction by Mitch McConnell, who made the confirmation process hyperpartisan.
  18. 9/11: 20 years later
    What 9/11 Did to the Democratic PartyTo this day, Democrats struggle with the fear of looking weak.
  19. abortion
    The Anti-Abortion Movement’s Investment in the Republican Party Is Paying OffDonald Trump was the first president to keep his promises to them, and now the big moment of rolling back abortion rights may be near.
  20. joe biden
    Biden’s Approval Rating Goes UnderwaterBiden’s stretch of unobtrusive popularity is over for now, but he is in very good company as a president with net-negative approval ratings.
  21. war
    The Shocking New Book That Exposes U.S. Lies About AfghanistanAt least $19 billion from American taxpayers fell into Taliban hands, and that’s just one of the bombshells in Craig Whitlock’s Afghanistan Papers.
  22. democrats
    If Democrats Don’t Exploit This Trifecta, Another Could Be Far AwayDemocrats will probably lose their governing trifecta in 2022, and it won’t get easier in 2024 or 2026. Historically, they don’t come along often.
  23. past is prologue
    Clinton and Biden Bookend the Era of the Swing VoterDifferences in how the two men approached campaigning and governing, despite their similar ideologies, reflect a massive shift in the U.S. electorate.
  24. 2022 midterms
    Democrats Should (Privately) Write Off 2022 and Just GovernWhen the deal goes down on Biden’s agenda in Congress, vulnerable Democrats should not be given bragging rights for thwarting their own party.
  25. kamala harris
    Is Kamala Harris’s Popularity Level a Problem for Democrats?Much of the claim that Harris is deeply and increasingly unpopular doesn’t bear scrutiny, particularly coming from fans of less popular Republicans.
  26. 2022 midterms
    Why 2022 Won’t Be Another 1994 Republican Tidal WaveLindsey Graham’s prediction of an impending red wave ignores several key factors behind the GOP’s historic gains in Bill Clinton’s first midterm.
  27. drone wars
    The Drone Leaker“Second Snowden” Daniel Hale exposed the machinery of America’s clandestine warfare. Why did no one seem to care?
  28. politics
    Democrats Can’t Win the Culture War With SilenceChanging the subject to poll-tested economic policy issues has never dispelled Republican cultural smears in the past. It won’t now, either.
  29. 2022 midterms
    Will Young and Minority Voters Save Democrats in 2022?With or without some help from Donald Trump, Democrats need to keep the voters who surged to the polls in 2018 and 2020 engaged.
  30. supreme court
    McConnell All But Admits He Would Never Confirm a Biden Supreme Court PickWith McConnell pledging obstruction, Democrats need to make the Supreme Court a major campaign issue for the midterms.
  31. rip
    The Obama Family’s First Dog, Bo, Has DiedThe Obamas’ beloved Portuguese water dog, who became a White House celebrity in his own right, was 12.
  32. joe biden
    Republicans Can’t Decide Which ‘Uncle Joe’ to AttackIs the president a senile puppet? Or a ruthless leftist? While Republicans try to decide, Biden is eating their lunch.
  33. vision 2020
    Yes, Geographical Polarization Was a Big Deal in 2016 and 2020New data shows that the suburban swings to the left and rural swings to the right are consistent with the intuitive trends in the last two elections.
  34. covid-19 stimulus
    Stimulus Spurs New Push for Red-State Medicaid ExpansionWith Medicaid expansion really becoming a fiscal no-brainer, even states like Alabama and Wyoming are considering it.
  35. joe biden
    What Joe Biden and George W. Bush Have in CommonComparing the early performances of our most-recent presidents.
  36. politics
    Biden Builds Popularity by Focusing on COVID Relief PlanThe COVID-19 stimulus is more popular than Biden himself. That is the key to his stable job-approval rating so far.
  37. covid-19 stimulus
    The COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Can Help Biden Transform PoliticsSome white working-class voters just want to see that government works for them, too. The relief bill could bring them back to the Democratic Party.
  38. politics
    Give Biden a BreakThe left and the media have lost perspective. He’s soon going to sign an enormous, progressive stimulus bill and get his Cabinet confirmed.
  39. biden cabinet
    Bernie Sanders Casts First Democratic Vote Against a Biden Cabinet NomineeTom Vilsack was overwhelmingly confirmed anyway, and Democratic unity remains impressive.
  40. bipartisanship
    Poor Susan Collins Can’t Get That Partisan Joe Biden to Abandon His AgendaRepublicans want to pursue the bipartisanship of a Biden U-turn.
  41. the national interest
    The Forces That Stopped Obama’s Recovery Will Not Stop Biden’sThe political atmosphere for stimulus is nothing like 2009.
  42. politics
    Why Big Mo Matters to BidenPast presidents — including Barack Obama — who got off to a slow or clumsy start often paid dearly for it. Biden wants to avoid that fate.
  43. biden inauguration
    Biden’s Unity Plea Is About Strategy, Not SurrenderLike other recent presidents, Joe Biden is attempting to divide or pressure the opposition. If the bid fails, he can easily turn to other strategies.
  44. politics
    History Suggests Democratic Trifecta Could Be Short-LivedAs Democrats officially take control of the Senate, they’d be wise to move fast: Republicans shattered their last two trifectas in just two years.
  45. the national interest
    Trump Wanted to Erase Obama’s Legacy. He Failed.Almost every Obama achievement Trump tried to negate has remained.
  46. republican party
    Can Republicans Bounce Back Like They Did After Nixon?The last GOP president to be impeached and disgraced shattered his party.
  47. capitol riot
    Impeachment Could Ban Trump From Running in 2024It’s too late for Congress to remove Trump before Inauguration Day. But a post-presidential impeachment and conviction could prevent a Trump comeback.
  48. the biden presidency
    A Biden Style of Government Is Emerging: Lowest Drama PossibleThe president-elect’s organizing principle seems to be a Barack Obama–inspired insistence on minimizing potential conflict in his administration.
  49. in conversation
    In Conversation With Barack ObamaThe former president on his advice for Biden, his critics on the left, and what he has learned about the GOP.
  50. presidential job approval
    Will Joe Biden Get a Public Opinion ‘Honeymoon?’He’ll probably be more popular at the start of his presidency than Trump was. How much that helps him achieve his agenda is another matter.
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