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'We Are Penn State' and What That Means Today

(49) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 11:25 AM

In the initial aftermath of the Sandusky story becoming national news and the frenzy of activity that reached a crescendo when living legend "Joe Pa" was relieved of his duties by Penn State's trustees, network cameras showed us a gathering of supportive students at the Paterno home. At various times...

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Birthers, Racism, Barack Obama and Hank Aaron

(530) Comments | Posted April 29, 2011 | 5:17 PM

The election of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th President of the United States marked the first time in history that we voted an African American into the highest office in the land. History. Progress. America!

Since that epic night, we've learned that the historical nature of the last presidential...

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What is America's Story for the 21st Century?

(6) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 5:14 PM

We rarely had to question our place in the world during World War II or the Cold War when good guys and bad guys were easier to identify. A clear narrative, whether in the form of opposing Hitler or containing the spread of "The Evil Empire," fueled our sense of...

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The People Have Spoken... Well, at Least Some of Them

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 1:15 PM

For the next several days and weeks as we sift through the aftermath of the great midterm elections of 2010, the next partisan battle will play out. In this case, it won't be about elective office since those races have been decided. Instead, this war for hearts and minds will...

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Is Waiting for 'Superman' Kryptonite for Real Education Reform?

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 11:16 AM

For weeks now the ad banner for the film, Waiting for "Superman" has been very prominent on The Huffington Post. The film has generated rave reviews (91 percent positive on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer). More importantly, it has stimulated robust conversation and debate around the subject of education reform. But...

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A Mosque at Ground Zero and the Source of American Greatness

(9) Comments | Posted August 24, 2010 | 2:12 PM

The debate over the proposed building of an Islamic center and mosque a few blocks from "Ground Zero" has resulted in off the charts displays of demagoguery, shameless hypocrisy, and logical leaps that abandon any hopes of reason winning the day. Fundamental American values and beliefs have been tossed aside...

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In Search of Muslim Identity: Akbar Ahmed's Journey into America

(4) Comments | Posted May 22, 2010 | 10:05 AM

Earlier this month, Pakistani American Faisal Shahzad was arrested for attempting to detonate a vehicle filled with explosives in Times Square. For a moment in time, he became the face of Muslim America to many who fear that the type of chronic terrorism experienced in places like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and...

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Conan's Expensive Goodbye: What's Wrong With This Picture? ...or How Blogging Means Occasionally Having to Say You're Sorry [UPDATED]

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 8:50 AM

What used to occupy this space was my post objecting to Conan O'Brien's spending NBC money on non-funny skits just to waste the network's cash. I went on about how unfortunate it was to do so at a time when others are soliciting donations for causes of critical need such...

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Celebrity Used and Abused and the Crisis in Haiti

(4) Comments | Posted January 15, 2010 | 2:30 PM

This week I had the privilege and pleasure of interviewing one of the finest gentlemen to grace the ranks of the broadcast journalism profession, Nick Clooney. Nick is old school in the best way possible, cut from the same cloth as his friend Walter Cronkite and one of his idols,...

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It's Official! Tiger's Affairs Are More Important Than 9-11

(8) Comments | Posted December 18, 2009 | 3:08 PM

A new exploitative media low was reached this week when the New York Post featured a front page story on Tiger Woods for something like the 19th straight day. This breaks the old record for a story worthy of cover placement previously held by the worst terrorist attack on US...

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In Search of Budget Sanity: A Dispatch From the Belly of the Beast

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2009 | 12:19 PM

Red Ink Rising! That was the title of a session on the looming debt crisis I just attended at the National Press Club. The panel discussion was built around a report created by the Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform and featured presentations by commission members. Comprised of Republicans, Democrats, and...

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The Health Care Debate: Expecting of Ourselves What We Demand From Our Children

(8) Comments | Posted September 10, 2009 | 7:19 AM

This past weekend, like many others in recent years, I spent the majority of my time watching my son's baseball team compete in their latest tournament. All players on the team are, or are about to become, 14 years old.

One of our more emotional players was experiencing some...

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Our Insane Summer: Is There a Way Out? Plus an Open Letter to the Secretary of Education [UPDATED]

(4) Comments | Posted August 20, 2009 | 9:52 AM

For weeks now I've been troubled by the lack of rationality exhibited by many of the protesters attending health care town meetings. The craziness we've witnessed has very little to do with serious political debate and too much to do with ignorance-fueled anger. The protesters' own words have revealed an...

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Unfair to the Unbalanced: When Fair and Balanced is Not Required

(56) Comments | Posted July 30, 2009 | 12:56 PM

This "birther" movement is wacky at best, and dangerous at worst. The fact that it has gained any traction at all as a matter of public discourse is a source of national shame. We are flirting with a new low. But could this insanity actually provide us with an opportunity...

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The Day the Dialogue Died: Remembering George Liston Seay

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2009 | 3:07 PM

During the recent wall-to-wall coverage of the death and burial of Michael Jackson, I was busy saying goodbye to someone closer to home. While he wasn't famous on the level of a superstar, quietly, over the course of the past several decades, he made a significant contribution to the world...

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In Search of the "Muslim World"

(5) Comments | Posted July 2, 2009 | 12:06 AM

Wednesday, I had the privilege of screening an advance copy of a powerful new documentary that will premiere on the Fourth of July. The film, Journey Into America, will make its debut during the 46th annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) this weekend in Washington, DC....

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The Berlin Wall, Tiananmen Square, or Something Completely Different?

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2009 | 3:19 PM

During the spring of 1989, we watched that now iconic figure stand before a column of tanks in China and dreamed of the possibilities. Could the desire for freedom gain a major foothold in the world's most populous communist country? Were we witnessing the beginning of a pro-democracy revolution? Ultimately,...

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Who Watches the Watchmen?

(65) Comments | Posted June 15, 2009 | 7:24 PM

While it's impossible to draw a direct connection between an act of insanity like this past week's murder at the Holocaust Museum and the hysterical rantings of media viruses like Hannity, Coulter, Limbaugh, and Beck, a quick tour around the op-ed circuit and the blogosphere indicates that there is significant...

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