During the 2008 presidential campaign, we argued that Barack Obama offered, "the most sweeping liberal foreign-policy critique we've heard from a serious presidential contender in decades." This first year was his chance to show how it would affect the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here are our smartest commentaries on the conflicts:
You come to TAP for health care, Afghanistan, and, well, pure policy wonkery. We get that. But sometimes, even the most devoted political observers need to take a break to catch a movie. This past year we dived into:
Was Susan Sontag a bad mother because she walked away from family to chase her intellectual dreams?
Barack Obama entered office wanting to fix our long-ignored and mostly broken health-care system. Now, after countless compromises and roadblocks, the Senate has passed its health-care reform bill. Here are our top articles explaining the stakes:
Health-care reform was never really about tacking years to our lives: It was about giving us financial security.
For as many set-backs as the gay rights movement suffered in 2009, there have been some triumphs. Supporters remain committed to the fight. As Gabriel Arana wrote here, "[E]quality isn't a once-and-for-all achievement ... Nor is it an eventuality. Despite Martin Luther King Jr.'s assurance, the arc of history does not bend in any direction -- much less toward justice -- on its own." Here are TAP's top five salvos from the ongoing fight: