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Lincoln and Washington and the Value of Education

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 02.11.2016 | Education
Dr. Alan Kadish

When it comes to national holidays, it's hard to find one that garners less respect and reflection than Presidents Day. There's no one to mourn as w...

The Gettysburg Address, Forwarded

Eric Lotke | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Eric Lotke

Two centuries and nearly two decades ago, our fathers brought forth a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. We have improved since that time. "Men" has come to include women. African Americans have acquired their other two-fifths.

Could Kasich Win By Following In Lincoln's Footsteps?

John A. Tures | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Sure Ohio Governor John Kasich seems like a longshot for the Republican nomination, despite his impressive second place showing in New Hampshire. But his strategy for winning the GOP contest is not that different from another longshot presidential hopeful from the Midwest.

Nurturing The Young Social Justice Writer

Christine Stoddard | Posted 02.09.2016 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

While the other girls wrote about princesses and high school Queen Bees, Emily* wrote about Harriet Tubman. Her first piece in the week-long creative writing workshop began as an academic essay, but ended up being creative non-fiction.

Sanders' Campaign Is American as Apple Pie

Manisha Sinha | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Manisha Sinha

Political pundits posit a false equivalence between the extreme right personified by Trump and the democratic vision represented by Mr. Sanders. In fact, Mr. Sanders's campaign for economic and social justice is as American as apple pie. The abolitionists would be proud of him.

Who Is More American Than Donald Trump?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Without absorbing that the Constitution is the foundation of the United States, it is pointless to claim to be an American, except perhaps by coincidence of birth.

Should Hillary Clinton Take a Mulligan On Lincoln and Reconstruction?

Tom Donnelly | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Tom Donnelly

Given a mulligan, I suspect that Secretary Clinton might wish to clarify her answer about Lincoln, respond to these criticisms, and acknowledge the aspirations (and achievements) of Reconstruction's forgotten leaders.

Eight Years Later, I Still Believe In Obama's America

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

This is Obama's America, an America that rejects hate, rejects tribalism. It's an America where we identify as members of groups based on ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, ideology, etc., but where our common bonds as Americans come first.

Confederate Socialists of America

John A. Tures | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Much has been written about President Lincoln's Administration, which has been called everything from socialist to downright tyrannical. What people don't know is that the Confederate States of America was pretty similar in its behavior.

What Can Michael Gerson Be Thinking?

Andy Schmookler | Posted 01.11.2016 | Media
Andy Schmookler

Does Gerson really believe that the Republican Party in which Trump has risen to be the frontrunner embodies "respect for institutions"? What world is he living in?

China to Join the West -- in Denying the Obvious Sexuality of Former Leaders

Geoffrey Wertime | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Geoffrey Wertime

We are doing a disservice to our natural diversity when we insist that historical figures must be straight until conclusively proven otherwise, yet need no evidence to be presumed heterosexual.

Dred Scott, Substantive Due Process, and the Logic of Natural Rights: A Further Reply to Matthew Franck

Evan Bernick | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Perhaps nothing has damaged the reputation of "substantive due process" more than that doctrine's association with Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) -- the infamous decision holding that Congress lacked the power to ban slavery in federal territories and blacks had no rights under the Constitution that whites were bound to respect.

What Now? Optimism and Action

Ginny Sassaman | Posted 12.09.2015 | Impact
Ginny Sassaman

No one should ever conflate non-violent protest -- no matter how creative or playful -- with a lack of grit or determination. Still, what can you do? The options are endless.

The Other 13th Amendment: The Complicated History of Abolition That Still Haunts Us Today

Linda R. Monk, J.D. | Posted 12.04.2015 | Chicago
Linda R. Monk, J.D.

What if the 13th Amendment, which turns 150 on Dec. 6, had made slavery a permanent part of the Constitution instead of abolishing it? What if President Abraham Lincoln had supported such an amendment? Say it ain't so, Abe--but it is.

A Worthy Thanksgiving

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.29.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Feeling the pull of Thanksgiving's meaning, I got up early Thursday and headed not for the kitchen, but to an eclectic gathering of locals in our small British Columbia town. We are intent on welcoming Syrian refugee families into our community.

How to Become an Inspiration to Yourself and Others

Megan K. McAvoy | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Megan K. McAvoy

What if you found out today that you only had one more day to live? Would you feel happy with the way that you have lived your life? Would you look back and be satisfied that each day you woke up excited, inspired and passionate?

Harriet Tubman, Unlikely Patriot and American Icon

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2015 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Who'd have thought that words such as "hot" or "trending" would refer to Harriet Tubman? Yet, there they are. Hers may be the face that boots Hamilton from the ten dollar bill, and her words graced Viola Davis' historic Emmy speech.

How to Have an Impact on the World With Persuasive Speaking

Jonathan Li | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Jonathan Li

To make a big impact, we need to be persuasive in public speaking. But there are so many things we can focus on: storytelling, humour, body language... What should we focus on first?

The House Divided Cannot Stand: GOP Civil War

David Yankovich | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
David Yankovich

This fight for speaker may only last for a few weeks, but the battle for the party will last for much longer. This will drag into the presidential elections in 2016. The earthquake that is breaking the party apart is massive and an open GOP civil war is here now.

Infallible on Religion, But Not on Politics

Peter Ubertaccio | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Peter Ubertaccio

But Davis' official actions are the issue for Americans not her personal religious convictions. The latter allow her to freely worship in a church that does not permit same sex couples to take part in its wedding traditions. Her public role does not allow her to act contrary to the law.

An American Pope with a Challenge for America

James Zogby | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

When Pope Francis appeared on the Capitol balcony, one could not help but notice that the Congressional leadership that surrounded him, included Catholics of German, Italian, Irish, Lithuanian, and Hispanic descent. Despite the rejection and adversity faced by their ancestors, all had risen to high elected office.

Pope Francis's Address Reminds America of What She Really Stands For

Rev. Stephen Kendrick | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Rev. Stephen Kendrick

In all the speculation leading to Pope Francis's address to the Joint Session of Congress, few expected to hear a sweeping reminder of four exceptional American visionaries -- noting less than a spiritual Mount Rushmore.

Lincoln 2.0?

Robert Moran | Posted 08.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Moran

Could we ever vote for an Abraham Lincoln 2.0 - an artificial intelligence built to replicate the decision making style of one of our most accomplished Presidents?

Robert Moran | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
Robert Moran

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The Art of Getting Promoted: Subtle, Systematic, Sophisticated and Strategic

O'Brien Browne | Posted 08.05.2015 | Business
O'Brien Browne

Many employees, regardless if they hold an executive, middle management or assistant job assume that all they have to do to get promoted is work hard, be loyal and have the appropriate qualifications; in short, they behave as if promotions were automatic.