Eric Alterman, a Center For American Progress Fellow and Nation columnist, is a proud CUNY Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College. His most recent book is The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama.

Obama finally punched Republicans in the face in the debt talks. Eric Alterman on his attack on hedge funders and corporate jets—and why his own party could stand in his way.

The embattled congressman has stepped down after weeks of scandal. Eric Alterman on why the move will only embolden those who practice the politics of personal destruction.