Editor’s Note: Because we've been publishing more stories, some readers say they miss some that fly by. So, each month, we'll point out some special stories from the previous month.

Here is a selection from February 2009, focusing on the challenges and the battles facing the Obama administration:

"Accepting the End of the US Empire," by Ivan Eland, describing the need for America to return to its traditions as a Republic. (February 3, 2009)

"First, Jail All Bush's Lawyers," by Robert Parry, suggesting how the torture investigations might proceed. (February 3, 2009)

"Is Peace No Longer an Option?" by Norman Solomon, alarmed by the trend toward endless war. (February 4, 2009)

"Why Not Cut Military Spending?” by David Swanson, noting the odd Washington budget debate that ignores the Pentagon. (February 5, 2009)

"Panetta Is Deferential to Republicans" by Ray McGovern, observing how President Obama's CIA choice finessed tough questions. (February 6, 2009)

"A Government of Laws, Not of Men" by Peter Dyer, contrasting the traditions of America with the present. (February 10, 2009)

"The GOP's Jihad on Obama" by Robert Parry, describing the assault on the new administration. (February 10, 2009)

"Obscene Wealth Can Be a Deadly Sin" by Howard Bess, rethinking how America views morality. (February 14, 2009)

"Torture Report Erodes Bush's Defense" by Jason Leopold, revealing the political influence on Bush administration legal opinions. (February 15, 2009)

"Obama and the Media Dilemma" by Robert Parry, examining the strange media dynamic that always tilts toward Republicans. (February 16, 2009)

"Needed NBC Series: Catch a Cheney" by Jeff Cohen, recommending a new TV program chasing down war criminals. (February 17, 2009)

"'Bitter' Gore; 'Principled' McCain" by Robert Parry, describing the media's double standards on Republican attacks. (February 18, 2009)

"The US Media & Democracy in Crisis" by Robert Parry, noting the dangerous trend from a declining newspaper industry. (February 19, 2009)

"Prosecution for Bush War Crimes" by Marjorie Cohn, making the argument for the rule of law. (Febuary 20, 2009)

"Obama's 'Seven Days in May' Moment” by Robert Parry, warning how powerful forces are aligning against the new President. (February 20, 2009)

"Obama Signals Bush-Lite on Liberties," by Ivan Eland, raising doubts about the commitment to roll back the imperial presidency. (February 23, 2009)

"'News' Media Disgraced in Levy Casel” by Jeff Cohen, noting how the major news media bungled the Chandra Levy murder case. (February 24, 2009)

"JFK, FDR and 'Seven Days in May” by Lisa Pease, looking back at other dangerous challenges to past presidents. (February 24, 2009)

"The GOP's Anti-Obama Propaganda” by Robert Parry, comparing the war on Clinton with the war on Obama. (February 25, 2009)

"Can You Trust the Republicans?” by Robert Parry, tracing the recent history of GOP deceptions. (February 27, 2009)

"Obama's War with the Right (& Media)” by Robert Parry, describing the sharpening battle lines in Washington. (February 28, 2009)

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