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Abraham Lincoln

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 | Home
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.

President Obama's Victory Speech: A Strong Speech with Clear Echoes of Presidents Lincoln, T. Roosevelt, Kennedy and Clinton

David Helfenbein | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
David Helfenbein

As David Eisenhower taught me in his class on presidential communication at the University of Pennsylvania, strong speeches often have "echoes" of other speeches within them. Last night's victory speech is a perfect example of a speech containing "echoes."

WATCH: 'Louie' Turns Into 'Lincoln'

Posted 04.23.2015 | Comedy

Daniel Day-Lewis is being acclaimed for his hyper-realistic portrayal of our 16th president, so it only seems logical that the grittiest comedy on TV ...

Prehistoric Politics & Today's Teams & Taxes

Jag Bhalla | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

Taxes are not a punishment. And they aren't a transactional payment for what you directly get back. They are the price of your liberty and of keeping your team in good shape. What can look like a sacrifice is actually a sacred and immeasurable gain.

Predicting Who Will Be a Good President

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Using historical data, we can identify what experience is most important in hiring a new president. While there are no perfectly objective ways to measure presidential quality, it is fair to say that historians' estimates will certainly succeed at separating the George Washingtons from the Franklin Pierces.

Being the Best Leader for the Situation

Tom Fox | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Gautam Mukunda is an assistant professor at Harvard Business School and the author of Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter, a book which analyzes how and when historic and modern leaders make a difference.

Dear Mr. President: Be Like Mike

Heath Brown | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Heath Brown

We must all remember that the president can still look for inspiration to Abraham Lincoln in 1864, Bill Clinton in 1996, and Michael Jordan in game five of the 1997 playoffs.

Abraham Lincoln, Frontier Vajazzler

Michael Kupperman | Posted 12.14.2012 | Comedy
Michael Kupperman


Oscar's Best Actor race is over - Daniel Day-Lewis can't lose for Lincoln

Tom O'Neil | Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment
Tom O'Neil

Move over, Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Walter Brennan and Ingrid Bergman. Daniel Day-Lewis is about to join you in the pantheon of Oscar's second-biggest winners.

John Celock

Koch Group Backs Pro-Slavery Legislators | John Celock | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics

Americans for Prosperity, the advocacy group backed by billionaires David and Charles Koch, has distributed mail praising votes cast by two members of...

National Ignorance

William E. White | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
William E. White

American ideas are important, an essential element for charting our future. Unfortunately, we may be losing our ability to discern quality debate.

John Celock

Republicans Run From Slavery, Child Death Penalty Comments | John Celock | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics

Arkansas Republicans are distancing themselves from two state legislators and one legislative candidate who have written in favor of slavery, the depo...

Another Republican Endorses Slavery

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics

A Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives has a history of writing in support of slavery and the Confederacy, along with comparing ...

The Five Presidential Debate Lines You'll Hear Again Wednesday

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

They'll carefully review tapes of their own performances, as well as those of their opponents. But these presidential debates don't exist in a vacuum; they're part of a long chain stretching back (at least) to the Kennedy-Nixon debate of 1960. And over the past half century, candidates have landed some real zingers.

New York Celebrates Lincoln and Emancipation But Important Things Are Missing

Alan Singer | Posted 11.25.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

The First Step to Freedom: Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, a traveling exhibit, is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.