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Being Tough, Doing Wrong: The Shame of Mass Incarceration

Kermit Roosevelt | Posted 01.23.2016 | Politics
Kermit Roosevelt

Why does the United States incarcerate a higher percentage of its citizens than any other country in the world?

To Berlin or Not to Berlin

Karl Wilder | Posted 01.22.2016 | Travel
Karl Wilder

I went to Berlin to see if it was a city I could live in, so it was with a critical eye I viewed the city. How did it rate against New York?

The Most Beautiful Building In Every State

Thrillist | Posted 01.22.2016 | Travel

By: Erik Christensen Credit: Flickr/Blake Lewis Our purple mountains and amber waves are nice and all, but we've been building fast and furiou...

Obama Leaves a Legacy, Rouhani Kickstarts Presidency

Negar Mortazavi | Posted 01.22.2016 | World
Negar Mortazavi

President Obama will be out of office soon. These last victories will soon become legacies of an American leader who chose peace over war. President Rouhani, however, is just getting started.

Multi-State Privacy Push Paves the Way for National Reform

Rachel Levinson-Waldman | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Rachel Levinson-Waldman

The proposed laws focus on a range of issues, such as email and other electronic communications, employees' use of social media, cell phone trackers and license plate readers. Should these measures pass, it would send a strong signal to other states and Congress that Americans remain concerned about protecting their privacy.

Why I, a Liberal Democrat, Would Rather Vote for Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton

Armand Wolf | Posted 01.19.2016 | Teen
Armand Wolf

The stage is set for 2016. From the Republican side, the likely contender for the nomination is Donald Trump. Trump really embodies Republican ideals,...

Toolbox of a Policymaker

Justin Curmi | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Justin Curmi

A policymaker that uses economic planning and political economy planning will be able to ensure that his or her policy can be more effective because it allows one to try to manipulate certain outcomes by using history as a guidebook.

College: Not Always the Logical Choice

Nicholas Wyman | Posted 01.18.2016 | Education
Nicholas Wyman

More Americans are going to college now than ever before. But does this mean that more Americans are on the right road to a well-paying, rewarding career?

It's Time We Realize the Dream

Nichole Sylvester | Posted 01.18.2016 | Impact
Nichole Sylvester

As we mature, we have the ability to take the time to know ourselves and learn our core values. We can look at our fears and confusion and see how we project that onto others. We can also control that which we speak and that which is heard by our children while in our presence.


Carl Corey | Posted 01.18.2016 | Arts
Carl Corey

You Are Always Welcome In Wisconsin.

The Damned Lies: Attacking the Trust in America's Retirement System

Ernie Powell | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Ernie Powell

Ever wonder why you hear Republicans and the Right-wing media constantly saying that Social Security is going bankrupt? This drumbeat of catastrophic outcomes for our nation's highly successful retirement security system is not at all connected to fact.

Was Obama's Call to 'Our Better Self' A Call to Women?

Alexia Parks | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Alexia Parks

At this watershed moment in American politics, could Obama's State of the Union call to Americans to bring our better self into politics be a coded call to women? After all, who is the one men usually refer to when they refer to "my better self?"

In Final State of the Union, Obama Answers Critics, Forges Vision | Posted 01.13.2016 | Black Voices

Over the past seven years, many have bashed this President for not being strong enough, for not exercising enough force, and for not bringing our economy back. Last night the President graciously answered all the critics.

These Are The Most Beautiful Towns In America, Hands Down

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 01.14.2016 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

by Laura Vogel, Condé Nast Traveler Getty Whether they have over-the-top American charm (we're looking at you, Woodstock, Vermont) or proximi...

The Psychology Behind a New Era of Civil Rights Challenges

Dr. Isaiah B. Pickens, Ph.D. | Posted 01.11.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Isaiah B. Pickens, Ph.D.

'I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me' declared the protagonist of Ralph Ellison's groundbreaking 1950s novel Invisible ...

Is Muslim Condemnation of Terrorism a Reactionary Act?

Ali Ashraf | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
Ali Ashraf

Many in the Western world believe that the Muslim response to terrorist acts perpetuated by outfits like ISIS in the name of Islam is a 'reactionary' response. That's false.

Yes, He Did: Why Obama Is the Most Consequential Second-Term President Since FDR

Lawrence Jacobs | Posted 01.11.2016 | World
Lawrence Jacobs

Here is what is rarely acknowledged and speaks volumes about Obama's impact: we now accept the sea change in the lives of most Americans that the Affordable Care Act swept in. No one serious challenges the Affordable Care Act's guarantee of insurance coverage for all without the threat of preexisting conditions, the new coverage for the prescription drug benefits for seniors and much more.

When My Cute Black Kid Becomes What You Fear Most

The Establishment | Posted 01.09.2016 | Black Voices
The Establishment

Today, my kids are deemed "golden" and "adorable" and "sweet" because they look the way society has decided children should look. In a few years, as they grow into black young adults and men, that same line of superficial reasoning will mark them as dangerous.

A Medal for Mitsuye Endo

Kermit Roosevelt | Posted 01.23.2016 | Politics
Kermit Roosevelt

It is more important than ever that we remember the mistakes of the past and honor those who fought against them at the time. One president took Mitsuye Endo's freedom, and that of thousands of other Americans.

Racism Is a Faith Issue

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.08.2016 | Religion
Jim Wallis

To put this in a religious context: overcoming the divisions of race has been central to the church since its beginning, and the dynamic diversity of the body of Christ is one of the most powerful forces in the global church. Our Christian faith stands fundamentally opposed to racism in all its forms, which contradict the good news of the gospel.

Don't Pay Heed To Pessimists. America Will Be Just Fine.

Politico | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics

As we enter 2016, Americans are still feeling grouchy. Only one-fourth of the public believes the United States is heading in the right direction....

America's 15 Most Expensive Steakhouses

The Daily Meal | Posted 01.06.2016 | Taste
The Daily Meal

If you want to dine at these temples to dry-aged steaks, you're going to have to shell out some big bucks.

Religion of Despair

Andrew Schwartz, M Div. | Posted 01.06.2016 | Religion
Andrew Schwartz, M Div.

Despair has become so woven into the speech and rhetoric of our society that we don't even recognize it anymore. It is preached to us on Sunday from pulpits and become the leading theme on cable TV.

16 Ways You Can Support American Muslims in 2016

Qasim Rashid | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

Looking forward, the only way we -- Muslims and non-Muslims -- are going to conquer misinformation and extremism, is by working together. We can build peace, but we must build it together.

Meet Baldev Duggal: Immigrant of the Year

Rick Liaz | Posted 12.31.2015 | New York
Rick Liaz

One of the main issues discussed in 2015 was immigration. With a diverse range of opinions, it is easy to forget how important it has been for America. As we welcome a new year, our nation also welcomes thousands of people who will later become part of the American Dream.