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Abraham Lincoln Memorabilia Up For Auction In Texas

Reuters | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics

By Marice Richter DALLAS, Jan 24 (Reuters) - A collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia, including a lock of the 16th U.S president's...

Giving Every American Kid a Real Opportunity and Rising Above Achievement Gaps, Cheating, Bullying and School Shootings

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 01.26.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

For a nation that is increasingly becoming a majority of minorities, this system will not unite it or allow it to become one nation experiencing the power of its founding principles.

Andraé Crouch: An Artist for the Ages

Mark Joseph | Posted 01.18.2015 | Entertainment
Mark Joseph

"Now he belongs to the ages," was my first thought when I got the call that my friend Andraé Crouch had succumbed to the heart attack that felled him the week before. As grandiose as it may sound, he was a musical giant who may one day be fully appreciated in death in ways that sometimes eluded him in life.

Will Obama Be Lincoln or Everett?

Greg Honan | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Greg Honan

The scene is a familiar one: Gettysburg, November 1863. Almost five months after one of the bloodiest battle in the Civil War, a crowd gathered for the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery. One of America's finest speechmakers gave the oration. President Lincoln also spoke.

Martin Luther King Jr. in American Memory

Dr. Walter Greason | Posted 01.16.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Walter Greason

Martin Luther King Jr. conquered the challenge Abraham Lincoln outlined in his second inaugural address in 1865. No two human beings have defined freedom and the struggle for its achievement better.

Mario Cuomo's Legacy

Robert Slayton | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Cuomo's address was more than politics, it was part of an effort going back to our earliest immigrants, to delineate what America is by outlining our moral values.

Consent of the Governed

Daniel Davis | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics
Daniel Davis

A key way to begin restoring trust in the government will be for men and women with character, moral courage, and discipline to run for elected office.

Torture in America

Martin Marty | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

A micro-second or two after the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Report on CIA Torture was released, a maxi-predictable reaction occurred.

Obama Africanus the First

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

No president in our nation's history has ever been castigated, condemned, mocked, insulted, derided, and degraded on a scale even close to the constantly ugly attacks on President Obama. From the day he assumed office -- indeed, even before he assumed office -- he was subjected to unprecedented insults in often the most hateful terms.

If She Runs Hillary Rodham Clinton Determines the 2016 Democratic Message

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

While Democrats debate the lack of a message and fight over what it should have been, they forget one major point: It is the presidential candidate who sets the party message in presidential election years.

Testing Our Nation in the Unfinished Work

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

As my daughter and I cut and chopped apples and pureed pumpkin I got to pretend -- for a millisecond -- that my Currier and Ives, Norman Rockwell-esqe existence was true ... and that others get to share it, as well. But I know the truth.

First Nighter: Frederick Douglass, Simon Wiesenthal and Mat Smart's 'Naperville' on Stages

David Finkle | Posted 01.26.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

More specifically, these five are all psychologically and physically damaged. What Smart is up to is constructing a play -- it's another intermissionless 90-minuter -- in which the impaired gather without realizing they're about to help one another heal.

Maryland's Emancipation and the Homecoming of Frederick Douglass

Paul Kendrick | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Paul Kendrick

Frederick Douglass had escaped slavery 26 years before, but when Maryland ended slavery, it took him only 16 days to return to Baltimore.

A Dream to Pursue

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Halamandaris

On Nov. 19, 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. It is one the most remarkable, if not the most remarkable, speeches in A...

Why Democrats Lost Big in the 2014 Midterm Elections

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Elections are moving targets. Nonetheless, absent dramatic irregularities in the election context, polls focused on high visibility races are usually robust predictive tools. Obviously, this was not the case in this year's midterm elections.

Are You Ashamed of Where You Grew Up?

Findery | Posted 01.06.2015 | Travel
Findery

If you're ashamed of where you grew up, you shouldn't be. Some of our greatest heroes and most famous celebrities came from humble backgrounds. And all of these places are worth a visit.

The Top 10 Best Political Leaders We Need Right Now

Culturalist | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Culturalist

It's Election Day once again, our annual reminder that we do technically need somebody running the country.

The Peoples' Business Isn't Business

Paula Gordon | Posted 01.01.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Are we going to be bought? Republican President Calvin Coolidge famously said "the chief business of the American people is business." Some argue tha...

The Facebook Void: What We're Missing

Abhishek Seth | Posted 10.29.2014 | Technology
Abhishek Seth

Credit: Paul Scott Circa 1860. After the secession of the southern states, Abraham Lincoln signed into effect conceivably one of the most cons...

The Single Greatest Civil Rights Threat of Our Time

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez

We live in a time where the very freedom to express our respective faith values stands threatened -- a road we have never been down before.

The Presidents of Mount Rushmore: Could Any of Them Win the Election Today?

Gerry Myers | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Who do you think Doane Robinson would have chosen for "Mount Rushmore" if it were being sculpted today? Do you think there are other presidents who are Mount Rushmore worthy?

Trump l'oeil: The Donald Masquerades as Mental Health Expert

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

President Obama, as I have written before, may possess a naïve, almost absurd, belief that the law and diplomacy can settle everything. But President Obama is not psychotic.

How Our Declaration of Independence Can Help Set Us Free Today

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

What if we put our Declaration of Independence on an equal footing with the Constitution, and give it the force of law?

A People's Holiday of the United States

John K. Herr | Posted 12.15.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

President Obama today thanked the American people for "standing up to oppression" by protesting the Columbus Day holiday. He vowed to take aggressive action to "right the wrongs of our current outmoded holiday calendar" as we "embark on a new era of fairness and equality."

Scary Times Call For a Great President: Paul Krugman's Defense of Obama

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

Contrary to conventional wisdom, and many polls, Barack Obama is exactly the right kind of pragmatic leader we need to have as President in these scary times. His steadfastness steered the country through the worst recession since the 1930s.