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President Barack Obama

Unfair Trade

by Paul Rapp May 4, 2015


You may have caught wind about a bizarre firefight going on between President Obama and some prominent Democrats, most notably Elizabeth Warren, over some trade agreements with catchy acronyms like TPP, TIPP, and TAFTA. This ...

Nothing But Net (Neutrality)

by Paul Rapp November 13, 2014


  Did anybody see this coming? In the aftermath of the disastrous midterm elections, leaving us ashamed of our country and fearful of the future, President Obama issued a startling call for pure, clean net neutrality. For ...

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Contemplation and Chocolate

by Jo Page January 23, 2013


  I am one of the 12 people in the United States who has not seen Forrest Gump so I don’t know the context in which he claims that “life is like a box of chocolates. ...

What the People Said

by Ari Melber November 8, 2012


Copyright © 2012 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global President Obama's reelection marks the most decisive mandate for an assertive, progressive governing model in well over a generation. It is worth beginning with a memory. Barack Obama was ...

Dispatches From Electionland

by The Staff November 8, 2012


  Rumblings on the Interwebs Elections make people crazy. Razor-thin electoral contests make people insane. You didn’t have to go far to find this. On the right, the Romney people and their media minions worked hard to make ...

Mandate! Now, For What?

by Miriam Axel-Lute November 8, 2012


  It’s the demographics, stupid. Also the economy. And climate change. And women’s rights. Tuesday was a rout. It was more of a rout than the numbers and the results show, because let’s remember that the progressive ...

The Marrying Kinds

by Jo Page May 16, 2012


  In his widely-touted and widely-covered commencement address at Liberty University last week, Mitt Romney emphasized that “marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman,” perhaps with the knowledge that when some people hear ...

POTUS Makes a Nanovisit

by The Staff May 10, 2012

For his third trip to the Capital Region since taking office, President Barack Obama addressed a gathering of students, university administrators and public officials on Tuesday at the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science ...

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Big Names, Big News

by The Staff December 30, 2011


Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s victories on gay marriage, a property tax cap and an early budget—as well as his shrewd moves to get income-tax reform passed his way—made him the year’s big winner, politically . Marriage equality finally ...

Paging Mr. Brianwash

by Paul Rapp February 9, 2011

The Shepard Fairey/Obama “Hope” saga has more or less sputtered to a disappointing halt, but a related and much weirder dispute has jumped in to take its place. Fairey is the shallow and showboating graphic designer ...

Hibernation 101

by Jo Page January 26, 2011

I don’t know how they do it in Maine or Minnesota or Wisconsin. I don’t know how the people who live in Chicago do it. Deal with winter, that is. I made an ill-timed visit to ...

Presidential Endorsement

by Ali Hibbs January 26, 2011


On Jan. 21, President Barack Obama made his second visit to the Capital Region to talk about technological innovation and the benefits of sustainable energy production at the General Electric Plant in Schenectady. Obama championed ...

Game Change

by The Staff January 21, 2010

On Tuesday, Massachusetts state Sen. Scott Brown—until recently, a virtual political unknown—upset Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley in a special election for the U.S. Senate seat held for 47 years by the late Edward ...