State of the Union 2011

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The Rise of the New Global Elite

The Rise of the New Global Elite

The changing economy has created a new class of business megastars. Super-rich and often self-made, they tend to be ambivalent about the rest of us, and they increasingly form a nation unto themselves.

The Tyranny of Defense Inc.

The Tyranny of Defense Inc.

Fifty years later, Eisenhower's warnings about the military-industrial complex look not only prescient, but dramatically understated.

How the Recession Changed Us

How the Recession Changed Us Tim Lavin

Economic disaster by the numbers

Good Ol’ Girl

Good Ol’ Girl Getty Images

Does Nikki Haley, the new governor of South Carolina, signal a fundamental change in the GOP’s relationship with women?

Fighting the Next War

Fighting the Next War

The case for a new national security act

Why Our Best Officers Are Leaving

Why Our Best Officers Are Leaving

An exclusive survey of West Point graduates reveals a growing lack of faith in the military’s meritocracy.

Strict Obstructionist

Strict Obstructionist The Atlantic

Mitch McConnell is the architect of the GOP's resurgence—and the biggest reason why nothing's getting done in Washington

Reagan and Obama: Pragmatism Ascendant Getty Images

Reagan and Obama: Pragmatism Ascendant

Why both presidents learned to move away from ideology and toward pragmatism

Changes to Social Security Will Have to Go Through Harry Reid Alex Wong/Getty Images

Changes to Social Security Will Have to Go Through Harry Reid

Some strong statements on the entitlements program


Health Care Ruling: The White House's Rebuttal quinn.anya/Flickr

Health Care Ruling: The White House's Rebuttal

Read the White House's critique of Judge Vinson


White House: Health Care Law Will Still Be Implemented Wikimedia Commons

White House: Health Care Law Will Still Be Implemented

Judge Vinson's ruling won't stop the new law, a senior official said


Axelrod's Biggest Regret Wikimedia Commons

Axelrod's Biggest Regret

Obama's senior adviser reflects as he exits the White House


The Death of Public Campaign Financing AMagill/Flickr
VIDEO: Clinton Discusses Egypt on the Sunday Shows

VIDEO: Clinton Discusses Egypt on the Sunday Shows

Watch Clinton's appearances on NBC's "Meet the Press" and CNN's "State of the Union"


Hillary Clinton's Advice for Hosni Mubarak World Economic Forum/Flickr

Hillary Clinton's Advice for Hosni Mubarak

Clinton calls for a "transition to greater democracy" in Egypt, offers specific recommendations for embattled President Hosni Mubarak


Obama Meets With National Security Team on Egypt White House

Obama Meets With National Security Team on Egypt

The White House says the president supports "concrete steps that advance political reform within Egypt"


Why Everyone Will Overreact to the Next Ruling on Health Care Reform Fibonacci Blue/Flickr

Why Everyone Will Overreact to the Next Ruling on Health Care Reform

How important is any decision on the insurance mandate by a judge when the Supreme Court will have the last say?


Forecast: What the Economy Will Look Like on Election Day 2012 Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Forecast: What the Economy Will Look Like on Election Day 2012

The Congressional Budget Office gives us a preview of what Obama will confront


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