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Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln Obama and the Fiscal Cliff

Richard Brodsky | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

The "fiscal cliff' is not the 13th amendment. But it matters, a lot. Elegant theory will not keep us safe. Hard bargaining and old fashioned politics will. Don't blow it boys. Lincoln is watching.

Abraham Lincoln's Lessons for President Obama

Dan Glickman | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Great presidents get big things done by recognizing that continuous work with Congress is perhaps their foremost duty and best use of their time. It is a central element of their job description; notwithstanding that it is often part of their job that they least like doing. Other presidents like LBJ, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton understood that the tedious and often unpleasant work of engaging with Congress is the only way to lead this country forward. After all, the Founding Fathers created a system where the Congress and the Executive were co-equal branches of government. If President Obama follows the Lincoln model, he can truly be a great and historic president, and can change the course of history in economic policy, immigration, education and the other big issues of our time.

President Obama and the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

Michael Tomaso | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Michael Tomaso

Next year, on November 19, 2013, we get to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the speech that set the moral compass for "a new birth of freedom."

Lincoln Film Offers Opportunity to Take a Deeper Look at Aspects of Lincoln's Presidency

Kate Kelly | Posted 01.19.2013 | Entertainment
Kate Kelly

For Americans, the mere mention of "Four score and seven years ago..." brings to mind President Lincoln giving the address he delivered at Gettysburg 149 years ago on November 19, 1863. But what else do we know about the occasion?

Sally Field to Steven Spielberg: "You're Wrong, Steven....You're Wrong"

92nd Street Y | Posted 01.19.2013 | Entertainment
92nd Street Y

Sally Field appeared in Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf on November 13, 2012. In this clip, Annette asks Sally about the behind the scenes fight she...

Happy 150th Gettysburg Address!

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 11.19.2012 | Arts

By Alyssa Coppelman With Barack Obama’s re-election, the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, and, not least, [last] Friday’s premiere of Lin...

Does the Spirit of Lincoln Still Live?

Gary Hart | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

It is impossible to avoid the conclusion that, sooner or later, a great moral confrontation will occur, where right must face wrong, where our unity as a nation will be tested and the need for an Abraham Lincoln will urgently arise. Will he or she be there?

Lincoln, the Man and the Movie: A Reality Check

Kenneth D. Ackerman | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Kenneth D. Ackerman

What kind of politician was Lincoln? How did he really outwit better-known candidates to win the Presidency in 1860 and assemble his "team of rivals"?

States Out of the Union: How Lincoln (and Real Arizonans) Would Respond to Today's Secessionists

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

While electronic secessionist petition mania spreads across the fringes of 30 states this week, the confederacy of state's rights champions might want to click over and check out Arizona's recent election.

Abraham Lincoln's Atheist Period

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 01.16.2013 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

God was not always Abraham Lincoln's God. In his early years, Lincoln hated this being. It was a natural response. He was thoroughly convinced that God, in turn, hated Abraham Lincoln.

What Makes a President a Great Leader

Tom Fox | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

Michael Siegel is the author of The President as Leader, an analysis of the leadership skills of five recent American presidents.

PHOTOS: Lincoln's Illinois

Posted 11.16.2012 | Travel

Honest Abe will get a nod from Steven Spielberg when his latest film, "Lincoln," hits theaters nationwide Friday. The state of Illinois is rolling...

Want To See Where 'Lincoln' Was Filmed? Eat Where Daniel Day-Lewis Dined?

Richmond Times-Dispatch | Katherine Calos | Posted 01.15.2013 | DC

Lincoln was here. And over there. And around the corner too. In the Richmond and Petersburg areas, 30 places are linked by Lincoln on a new Lincoln m...

Gay Activist And Writer Thinks Lincoln May Have Been Gay, But Wasn't 'Banging Anyone'

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Abraham Lincoln's sexual proclivities have long been the subject of titillating rumors and historical debate, but Lincoln's alleged "lavender side" is...

Tonight, Obama Meets Lincoln -- But Will He Listen?

Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

It's been 148 years since the events dramatized in Lincoln. Much has changed, but much is the same. The question now is how the tall, pensive man in the White House will use his power, and whether he will rise to the challenge of history.

The Reality of Secession and Unicorns

Bob Cesca | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Bob Cesca

I hate to disappoint the 675,000 whiny diaper babies calling for secession in the wake of the election but, sorry, no matter how hard they stomp their feet and pout and fling their feces at the electoral map, demands for secession might as well be demands for goblins and unicorns.

AFI Fest Review: Lincoln

Tony Bartolone | Posted 01.13.2013 | Entertainment
Tony Bartolone

Lincoln's major achievement is the creation of the grand world in which Lincoln exists in balance with the quiet, tender internal struggle he endured. The films confronts issues of freedom we debate to this day.

The Abraham Lincoln Reading List: Recommendations and Suggestions

Bill Lucey | Posted 01.13.2013 | Books
Bill Lucey

What are compelling biographies which attempt to peel away the saintly image and iconography surrounding Mr. Lincoln? To help us with such a tall order, I reached out to some scholars and historians, who in addition to offering book recommendations, shared their favorite Abraham Lincoln anecdotes.

Is 'Lincoln' A Memo To Obama From Liberal Hollywood?

Mike Hogan | Posted 01.12.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Hogan

Memo to President Barack Obama from your powerful friends in Hollywood: You are the president of the United States, clothed in immense power. Now use it. That, at least, seems to be the message of Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's surprisingly riveting examination of the 16th president's campaign to persuade that unruly collection of hicks, fanatics and thieves known as the House of Representatives to pass a Constitutional amendment abolishing slavery. Lincoln's Republican party outnumbered their Democratic rivals, but Constitutional Amendments require a two-thirds majority. So the challenge was to keep the Republican caucus in line and pick off about 20 votes from the other side. And so the arm-twisting began. If that sounds familiar, it should. It's reasonable to think that this film couldn't and wouldn't have been made at any other time.

'Lincoln' Blockbuster's (Many) Local Connections

Posted 11.10.2012 | Chicago

With Friday's limited-release opening of Hollywood's latest take on the sixteenth president of the United States' life, some Illinois landmarks are ge...

Lincoln: A Timeless Tale of Fighting Inequity

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 01.09.2013 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Why does Lincoln never get dated? Why can his story be told again and again, and never seem to wear out its welcome? I think it has something to do with how visceral our needs are for equality -- equity in opportunity, justice and dignity.

Keeping the Trains Running: A Leadership Interview With the Head of the Surface Transportation Board

Tom Fox | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

Interstate commerce is how our country operates. Having strong railroads and reasonable services and rates are what makes this country go round. Our coal, our food and other commodities are transported by rail.

ReThink Review: Lincoln - The Perfect Film for the Post-Election Hangover?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.09.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Lincoln may be what America needs right now to remind us what politics, for all its messy, dispiriting ugliness, can and should be about -- doing the right, moral thing to better us all.

Why Sally Field Hasn't Appeared Onscreen Since 2006

The Huffington Post | Mike Ryan | Posted 11.17.2012 | Entertainment

It's kind of odd to think that, before this year, Sally Field hadn't appeared in a movie since the little-seen 2006 drama "Two Weeks." Thankfully, Fie...

Movie Review: Lincoln

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.07.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Don't know much about history -- but you don't have to in order to be captivated by Steven Spielberg's Lincoln.