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Obama’s train ride to the future

Everyone will have her own way of thinking about the remarkable events centered on January 20, 2009. Some probably thought the over-sized bow on Aretha Franklin's hat was outrageously over…

As always, lobbyists find a loophole

President Barack Obama's ban on earmarks in the $825 billion economic stimulus bill doesn't mean interest groups, lobbyists and lawmakers won't be able to funnel money to pet projects.

Obama enjoys high initial approval ratings

President Barack Obama begins his administration with one of the highest public approval records in modern time -- second only to John F. Kennedy.

A…

Gates provides continuity for Obama

While the presidential campaign and President Barack Obama's initial post-election formal statements have focused heavily on the economy, national security arguably is where the new administration has the greatest independent…

Memo to Obama: Try a little globalization

It was a distinct privilege for this political scientist -- indeed this American -- to be in Washington D.C. this week for the inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama. In…

Obama ends Bush’s war on the Constitution

In a swift, bold move, President Barack Obama put an end to former President George W. Bush's war on the Constitution and freedom,…

Obama proves to be true to his word

A prison at Guantanamo Bay would have made sense if it had been run as a normal prisoner of war camp, subject to the Geneva Conventions and international inspection. Instead,…

For Obama, delivery will be the true test

Now the hard part begins.

Following the promise must be the delivery and that will be daunting.

There is the banking crisis and the housing crisis and the auto crisis and the…

In Washington, talk is easy: Change isn’t

After delivering a startlingly change-oriented inaugural address, President Barack Obama is finding out that change is possible but it is not easy.

Obama's 2,396-word, new-era-of-responsibility speech, in the presence…

Out with the old, in with the new

In his first full day as President, Barack Obama went to work dismantling former President George W. Bush's policies and imprint upon the federal government.

A freeze on enforcing the tidal…