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An offer to the president

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich proposes a quid pro quo to President Obama: Commit to doing what needs to be done in your second term, and your supporters will work tirelessly to get you reelected.


The Keystone XL pipeline

The Keystone XL oil pipeline is the subject of one of the biggest political battles brewing in Washington, and has ensnared groups from both sides of the political spectrum. What’s at stake and what’s behind the controversy?


Obama announces measures to ease student loans

President Obama, on the last leg of his tour through the western U.S., announced a series of measures to help ease the mounting burden of student debt on Americans.


In Elizabeth Warren, progressives may have found the hero they’ve been seeking

More than any other Democrat, the longtime consumer advocate is offering a compelling narrative about the unfairness of the current economic situation.


ACLU criticizes killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, calling it a ‘dangerous’ precedent

In an interview with Need to Know, the ACLU’s deputy legal director said the killing of the radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki set a dangerous precedent in which “U.S. citizens far from any battlefield can be executed by their own government.”


Libya updates: Gadhafi vows ‘martyrdom’ as rebels storm his compound in Tripoli

The mystery surrounding Moammar Gadhafi’s whereabouts continued to complicate the Libyan conflict’s endgame. As rebels stormed his compound in Tripoli, the elusive autocrat was nowhere to be found.


Republican rift on foreign policy widens as Pawlenty criticizes ‘isolationist’ rivals

The Republican party is deeply split on America’s wars, and that rift widened Tuesday as Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty criticized his rivals for appealing to “isolationist sentiments.”


  After protests, a new new beginning for Obama and the Arab world

Alison Stewart talks with Georgetown University’s John Esposito about President Obama’s efforts to redefine U.S. policy towards the Middle East and North Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring.


Osama bin Laden’s death: Your reactions

“Our generation has borne much but ‘justice is done,'” writes one reader. We round up your initial reactions to the death of the longtime al Qaeda leader.

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