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Super-Size the Super Bowl

Rick Rosner | Posted 02.26.2015 | Sports
Rick Rosner

A six-quarter Super Bowl would have 50 percent more football and double the halftimes. It would take about five hours. New records would be set in just about every category. Who wouldn't want to watch a Super Bowl with a final score of 73 to 68?

You Know Who Actually Doesn't Love America? Secessionists

John A. Tures | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Ex-New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said that Obama doesn't love America. But you know who actually doesn't love America? Secessionists don't. And it wasn't too hard to figure that one out.

America's Islamophobia Problem

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

If in fact groups like ISIS are the true face of Islam, and if the propaganda that Muslim Americans engage in "stealth Jihad" to take over the country is true, why should my neighbor not look at me with suspicion and disgust?

President Barack Obama, Tiger Woods, Kamala Harris, and the New World Order of Race in America

Mark Charles Hardie | Posted 02.24.2015 | Black Voices
Mark Charles Hardie

It is foolhardy to reduce a complex human being to something as simplistic as race. Every child knows that one should not judge a book by its cover. Racial categories inevitably evaluate people based upon outward appearances.

Rudy's America

Jonathan Richards | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

Obama's not like you and me.

Why Is America's New Security Strategy to Target China?

Su Xiaohui | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
Su Xiaohui

BEIJING -- Leadership is not a negative word. China does not aim at challenging the leadership of the United States. However, the problem is that the new Obama strategy is based on zero-sum mentality. America is building its security at the cost of others' security.

On Being '-American'

Janesh Rahlan | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Janesh Rahlan

There is no one parameter that qualifies somebody as American or even a set of qualities that comprise a monolith of American culture. While Jindal's comments are directly aimed at Indian-Americans, they're insulting to all immigrants and the general creation of this country.

What President Reagan Told Me About America

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

I would like to take this occasion to share an experience in which President Reagan (for whom I had not voted) taught me something powerful and lasting regarding the value -- and importance -- of loving (yes I mean loving) our country.

Best of Berlinale: A Conversation With Simon Curtis on Woman in Gold

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.10.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

In his director's statement for the stunning new film Woman in Gold, which world premiered at this year's Berlinale as part of their Special Gala line-up, Simon Curtis writes "the film is about identity and asks the question, are you where you're from or where you are?"

America's 12 Best Italian Restaurant Chains

The Daily Meal | Posted 02.10.2015 | Taste
The Daily Meal

You'd be hard-pressed to find a moderately-populated town without an Italian restaurant.

The Berlinale Diaries: Jafar Panahi's Taxi, Breathe Umphefumlo and the True Meaning of Democracy

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.08.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I'll admit it can take just one film to usually convince me to come to a film festival. In the case of this year's Berlinale, it was Jafar Panahi's Taxi. I knew I wanted to sit in that bursting at the seams press screening, first thing in the morning, to watch it. And, as is usually the case with my cinematic instinct, I was right.

How Ancient Chinese Thought Applies Today

Kevin Rudd | Posted 02.06.2015 | World
Kevin Rudd

In the absence of a common narrative shared by the U.S. and China, the two nations are likely to drift more rapidly apart. The relationship needs a new strategic concept for the future that is capable of sufficiently embracing both American and Chinese realities, as well as areas of potential common endeavor for the future, and to do so in language which is comprehensible and meaningful in both capitals. Trust builds on itself just as distrust builds on itself as well, compounding into deep enmity over time.

Free Speech vs. Responsible Speech: We Need to Talk, Again

Carla Seaquist | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

We need to talk -- again -- about how we exercise our basic, elemental, Constitutional right to free speech.

Anti-Vaxxers, Like Drunk Drivers, Are a Danger to Us All

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Sanjeev K. Sriram

These infants were counting on us, their herd, to provide them with community immunity until they were old enough to get vaccinated. It is not science's fault that these children, our fellow Americans, caught the measles. It is not their parents' fault. It is the fault of the anti-vaxxers.

How To Make America A Better Country For Kids

Ray Flynn | Posted 01.30.2015 | Fifty
Ray Flynn

Attention progressives, reformers and political leaders! If you want to see some great sporting events, without all the inevitable chaos, costs and disruption, there is something you can do about it.

America's Love of War

George Elerick | Posted 01.30.2015 | Religion
George Elerick

There has been a lot of controversy about the movie and its content, not to mention anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiments by thoughtless leftists and conservatives. The main issue is that we not make this about one particular party line, because in doing so, it distracts us from what is hiding in plain sight: America's love of war.

When Disagreements Turn Destructive

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Salam Al Marayati

When we deal with the likes of Netanyahu, let us remember that they are obstacles to our pursuit of justice.

How To Explain The Super Bowl To Your Non-American Friends

Posted 01.30.2015 | World

On Sunday, sports fans in the U.S. will be glued to TV screens for the Super Bowl, the annual championship of the American football league NFL. The...

Deflategate is Alice in Wonderland

James Meyerson | Posted 01.29.2015 | Sports
James Meyerson

Until all the facts are known, the media's news-entertainment industry should leave the story alone. It should stop cheating the public by presenting the story as a serious news story about "cheating" rather than the entertainment story it is.

10 Underrated National Parks In America

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 02.01.2015 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Looking for the beauty of Yosemite and Yellowstone without the crowds? These under-the-radar American parks deserve a spot on your bucket list.

American Sniper Chris Kyle: A Conversation That Lingers

2BoomerBabes | Posted 01.28.2015 | Entertainment
2BoomerBabes

Shortly before his tragic death, we had the great fortune to interview American sniper Chris Kyle. His brutal honesty and unwavering sense of good and evil were remarkable, and at times haunting, and remain with us to this day.

How a Trip Down the Danube Made Me a Better American

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Rea Nolan Martin

For America to earn its reputation as the home of the free, we Americans have some collective thinking to do. Thinking that might be better done abroad where the seeds of our freedom first germinated in the hearts of forebears.

Bibi, Nevermind Offending Obama

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

There is nothing wrong with an Israeli Prime Minister doing his utmost to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, even if it offends the sensibilities of the American president.

7 Legendary American Dive Bars That Should Have Survived

Liquor.com | Posted 01.22.2015 | Taste
Liquor.com

The down-and-dirty criteria for a true dive varies, but the sense of ease you feel when you enter is universal.

Why I Went to Israel

Haroon Moghul | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion
Haroon Moghul

I did not go imagining I would single-handedly solve anything, nor did any of us go presuming to speak for or represent Palestinians. I went to better understand, and to invest in a relationship we see far more promise in -- that between American Muslims and American Jews.