Barack Obama Won The White House, But Democrats Lost The Country. What Happened?

… In his eight years in office, Obama oversaw the rapid erosion of the Democratic Party’s political power in state legislatures, congressional districts and governor’s mansions. At the beginning of Obama’s term, Democrats controlled 59 percent of state legislatures, while now they control only 31 percent, the lowest percentage for […] Read more »

On Eve of Inauguration, Americans Expect Nation’s Deep Political Divisions to Persist

Ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the nation’s 45th president, the public sees a country deeply fractured along partisan lines. Fully 86% describe the country as more politically divided today than in the past, while just 12% say the country is no more divided. CONT. Pew Read more »

The End of the Beginning

Tomorrow marks the start of the brave new world of President Donald J. Trump. But today marks the end of the Obama-to-Trump transition. They, and we, survived the interregnum, more or less — and it was not guaranteed and is worth celebrating. CONT. Larry J. Sabato, Sabato’s Crystal Ball Read more »

How Will Obama Be Graded By History?

After eight years in office, Barack Obama will end his presidency on Friday. There has already been much talk of his accomplishments, failures and legacy, but it will take years or even decades for historians, political scientists, journalists and the American people to confidently assess his place among other American […] Read more »

Divided States of America: How ‘Obamacare’ Became a Symbol of America’s Divide

As President Barack Obama prepares to leave office and Donald Trump’s inauguration approaches, the Republican-led Congress is debating how to dismantle one of Obama’s signature efforts: The Affordable Care Act. Enacted in 2010, and initially dubbed “Obamacare” by critics, the law has expanded health insurance for millions. But as FRONTLINE’s […] Read more »

Obama’s uncertain legacy

If Hillary Clinton had been elected President, assessing Barack Obama’s legacy would be a straightforward task. Mrs. Clinton would have treated his principal legislative and administrative accomplishments as a baseline for future policy. Time would have woven them into the fabric of American life, making their reversal all the more […] Read more »