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What Can Michael Gerson Be Thinking?

Andy Schmookler | Posted 01.11.2017 | 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 01.08.2017 | 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 12.21.2016 | 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 12.09.2016 | 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 12.04.2016 | 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 11.28.2016 | 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 11.09.2016 | 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 11.05.2016 | 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 10.16.2016 | 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 10.08.2016 | 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 10.01.2016 | 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 09.26.2016 | 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 09.25.2016 | 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 08.21.2016 | 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 08.21.2016 | Politics
Robert Moran

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

O'Brien Browne | Posted 08.05.2016 | 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.

5 Presidential Candidates From Illinois Who Didn't Make It to the White House

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.23.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, Ulysses S. Grant, and Abraham Lincoln all lived in Illinois before they made the White House their home. However, some candidates were not so lucky, and many of these Illinoisans' names have been lost to history.

The Fall of Atticus Finch

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 07.16.2016 | Home
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel and all of us should have remembered that. Novelists get to create the world that they want. Atticus was a fictional character but we needed him to be different.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' and the Inclusive Future Of American History

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.14.2016 | Arts
Ian Reifowitz

If people see their ancestral experience integrated -- not just mentioned in a checklist kind of way, but fully integrated into the larger narrative -- then they are far more likely to see that larger narrative of American history as something that speaks to them.

This Land Is Your Land -- Can a Democracy Be All It Can Be Without the Possibility of Property Ownership for All?

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Jefferson believed that the common good and the individual good are interlaced. If so, then society itself suffers right along with the individuals that comprise it when they are left out. In America today, home ownership is increasingly out of reach of ordinary Americans.

Who Owns Democracy? The Great Debate

Harry Boyte | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Over the coming long months of public focus on elections, we need to talk about who owns democracy and what it means. College and university campuses, as well as other sites, have potential to be venues.

8 Reasons Your Success Is Inevitable

Benjamin Hardy | Posted 07.06.2016 | Business
Benjamin Hardy

When you commit to a dream, your life is forced to change. Your growth forces the egg you're in to crack. You've outgrown it. You're ready to fly.

Was Obama's Eulogy the Best Piece of Presidential Theology Since Lincoln's Second Inaugural?

Rev. Stephen Kendrick | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion
Rev. Stephen Kendrick

Presidents do not generally aim for religious transcendence, much less attempt to plumb the purposes of God, but Obama's eulogy was undergirded by another president's difficult grappling with the meaning of overwhelming violence.

What I, Leann Rimes and Johnny Depp Have in Common

Cecilie Aslaksen | Posted 06.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Cecilie Aslaksen

What do little me have in common with a whole bunch of celebrities? Well, let me tell you a little bit about me, and then I'll give you the answer. O...

History's Great Thinkers Tell You How To Get Happy

CNN | Amy Roberts | Posted 06.29.2015 | Home

(CNN) -- It's almost like clockwork: Just when things in our lives are going well, a problem at work or school or with a loved one will crop up to bri...