Barak Obama

In 2016, Democrats Have Good Reason to Run Against Obama's Education Record
The political weakness of the common core, charter schools, and other reform ideas
June 03, 2014

Obama converted ed reformers’ ideas into a national governing platform, which masked their political weakness.

I'm OK With Calling LBJ a "Liberal Hero" (and No, I'm Not Ignoring Vietnam)
April 15, 2014

The guy achieved major liberal reforms in a country that fights them tooth and nail. Stop maligning him.

This Isn't the Return of the Cold War. It's Worse.
March 24, 2014

Looking at the crisis in Crimea as a return to Soviet obscures more than it clarifies

One Upshot of Shrinking the Army: It'll Be Easier to Kick Our Foreign-Intervention Habit
February 27, 2014

Now is an excellent time to start a debate about whether the U.S. should be attacking and invading other countries at all.

The Unintended Implications of Obama's Syria Statements
February 06, 2014

When an American president says that a foreign leader must go, that conveys a commitment to doing something about it.

Americans Have Stopped Thinking of Themselves as Middle Class
January 30, 2014

A rhetorical shift that means a lot about politics

Here's How We Should Think About the Inequality Debate
We need a whole new framework
January 21, 2014

"Inequality" is a concept too sweeping and cluttered to lead to useful solutions. Here's how we should actually think about it.

7 Rules for Presidents Dabbling in Pop Culture
October 01, 2013

Whether it is Jimmy Carter watching more than four hundred movies in the White House cinema or Barack Obama telling people that the flamboyant killer Omar on HBO’s “The Wire” is his favorite character, presidents have long engaged with pop culture.

Bill Clinton’s Rap Music Quandary
September 12, 2013

Whether it is Jimmy Carter watching more than four hundred movies in the White House cinema or Barack Obama telling people that the flamboyant killer Omar on HBO’s “The Wire” is his favorite character, presidents have long engaged with pop culture.

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