Opinion

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Barack Obama and the FBI

Proposed new FBI rules pose a threat to civil libeties and the democratic movement for change.

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What will it take to pass a jobs program?

The failure to enact a big enough economic stimulus is the biggest reason the country's in this mess. Obama and the movement that led to his election were too young; the victory was too new and fragile.

The battles that must be won

Re-electing Obama in 2012, preserving unions and public services, defeating racism, advocating for LGBT rights,  fighting for a massive  jobs program and ending the wars overseas are must win battles.

Will Obama meetings on immigration reform bear fruit?

The meetings were apparently a response to pressure on the administration to back off of its aggressive immigration enforcement efforts.

Budget in context

What's the budget debate about? Obama put the question of "how to balance the budget" in the context of "what kind of country will we be?"

The government hostage crisis

What to do in a hostage crisis? Sometimes it seems there are no good choices. Giving in to the demands may save the hostage's life for now, but it encourages the terrorist to try again.

Humanitarian intervention or regime change?

I was suspicious of the UN Security Council's establishment of a Libya no fly zone from the beginning, and events seem to be proving me right.

U.S. & Libya: Many questions remain

After President Obama's March 28 address to the nation on the U.S. and NATO military intervention in Libya, many questions remain.

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Fight for public workers is about freedom

The rights of public workers and the services they provide is a part of the bigger fight for all workers to organize and win decent wages, working conditions, benefits and strong communities.

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Social Security victory shows organizing is the way

The struggle to protect Social Security from the Republicans and the Fiscal Reform Commission won a victory in President Obama's State of the Union address, and there's a lesson here.

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