president obama

President Obama is furious that legislators lack the will to address gun violence. But there are steps he could take without them.
November 9, 2015

In a forceful speech, President Obama laid out in a few words the best argument for the deal with Iran: there is "no plausible alternative."
August 17, 2015

This past Saturday, President Obama spoke in Selma, Alabama, marking the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday"—the assault by Alabama state troopers on marchers from Selma to Montgomery for equal voting rights for African Americans. His speech is remarkable for many reasons, but one of the things I find really remarkable is that it ranks as a singular example of presidential exceptionalist rhetoric.
March 10, 2015

Obama's budget includes more money to detain undocumented children. At the largest family detention center, the average child is age six.
February 17, 2015

U.S. churches have long sought better relations with Christians in Cuba. The political thaw will make this much easier.
January 5, 2015

The United States is back at war—that didn’t take very long. One might argue we never really stopped fighting, or, frankly, that the country has been in a perpetual state of war since World War II. Religious as well as the more generic popular responses to America’s various wars often boils down to a tension between revulsion and obligation. Not surprisingly, that dualism relates directly to the simple formula presidents have used over the years (and through every war) to justify military actions in strategic and moral terms. The threats change—fascism, communism, terrorism—as do the locations, but the moral rationale rarely does.
October 29, 2014

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