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Barack Obama

  1. 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.
  2. 9/11: 20 years later
    What 9/11 Did to the Democratic PartyTo this day, Democrats struggle with the fear of looking weak.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. drone wars
    The Drone Leaker“Second Snowden” Daniel Hale exposed the machinery of America’s clandestine warfare. Why did no one seem to care?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. joe biden
    What Joe Biden and George W. Bush Have in CommonComparing the early performances of our most-recent presidents.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. biden cabinet
    Bernie Sanders Casts First Democratic Vote Against a Biden Cabinet NomineeTom Vilsack was overwhelmingly confirmed anyway, and Democratic unity remains impressive.
  24. 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.
  25. the national interest
    The Forces That Stopped Obama’s Recovery Will Not Stop Biden’sThe political atmosphere for stimulus is nothing like 2009.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. the national interest
    Trump Wanted to Erase Obama’s Legacy. He Failed.Almost every Obama achievement Trump tried to negate has remained.
  30. republican party
    Can Republicans Bounce Back Like They Did After Nixon?The last GOP president to be impeached and disgraced shattered his party.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. black lives matter
    The Real Reason Obama Trashes ‘Defund the Police’Moderate Democrats still think the criminal-justice system can be reformed.
  36. vision 2020
    Biden’s Vote Lead Over Trump Now More than 7 MillionHe’s blown-away his old boss Barack Obama’s performance, which was the best for a Democratic presidential candidate since LBJ.
  37. vision 2020
    Biden’s Popular-Vote Win Is Beginning to Look More ImpressivePercentage-wise, he did better than any Democrat not named Obama in a half century.
  38. vision 2020
    Obama Rips Into Trump in First In-Person Campaign Event for BidenThough he reportedly planned on sitting out this campaign season, Obama said Trump’s actions embolden people “to be cruel and divisive and racist.”
  39. amy coney barrett
    Judiciary Committee Democrats Won’t Show Up for Final Vote on BarrettAfter Dianne Feinstein’s lovefest with Graham last week, Dems feel the need to demonstrate their opposition more forcefully.
  40. memoirs
    Barack Obama Has Finally Finished His BookPart one of a two-volume reflection on his life and presidency will come out just after the presidential election.
  41. poll position
    50 Days Out, Biden Doing Better in Polls Than Clinton, Obama, or KerryThe only candidate to overcome as big a disadvantage as Trump faces now is Obama in 2008, and all hell broke loose that fall.
  42. vision 2020
    Does Labor Day Mark the Beginning of the Real Presidential Race?Legend aside, most presidential races are largely decided before Labor Day, with partisan polarization and early voting contributing to that reality.
  43. vision 2020
    Biden the BridgeThe Democratic National Convention showcases a party in transition.
  44. vision 2020
    Joe Biden Answered the Obamas’ CallIn a speech that reinforced his convention’s themes, particularly the Obamas’ call to vote as a moral imperative, Biden picked up the torch.
  45. democratic national convention
    Obama Finally Gave the Speech Democrats Were Waiting ForThe ex-president laid it all on the line Wednesday night (and gave Kamala Harris a tough act to follow).
  46. democratic national convention
    Kamala Harris Enters the Arena As a Happy WarriorHarris didn’t need to beat up on Donald Trump tonight. She just needed to introduce herself and sign up for a tough campaign.
  47. the national interest
    Obama’s Convention Speech Is the First Time I Have Seen Him Express Fear“Don’t let them take away your democracy.”
  48. the national interest
    The Senate Is America’s Most Structurally Racist InstitutionWhy is massive overrepresentation for white America still acceptable in 2020?
  49. vision 2020
    Democrats Struggle to Accommodate Stars at Shrunken ConventionWith no live audience and reduced media coverage, and no incumbent president to soak up attention, Democrats will have to be careful about who speaks.
  50. the national interest
    Obama’s John Lewis Eulogy Gives a Blueprint for the Next Fight for DemocracyA new voting rights act, statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C., and ending the filibuster.
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