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Austin: My Time in Texas' Liberal Haven

Adam Williams | Posted 07.07.2015 | Travel
Adam Williams

When my good friend Tommas informed me he was going to propose to his Texan fiance Jordan, the excitement of a venture to Texas immediately flipped my stomach.

Don't Tell the Catholic Church, but Heresy Is Actually a Good Thing

David Benko | Posted 07.07.2015 | Teen
David Benko

My status as heretic derives from the fact that I don't identify myself with any established political philosophies. I will look at a solution to a problem, and if it works, I will support it, and if it doesn't, then I will not.

Confederate Land Art: The Apotheosis of Racist Iconography

Paul Gunther | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Paul Gunther

As South Carolina's Capitol grounds and other jurisdictions decide the fate of their most prominent emblems of past oppression and contemporary reaction, Stone Mountain guarantees that at least one Confederate icon will loom over the South's largest city for as long into the future as mankind can foresee.

8 Tourist Traps You Can Totally Skip

PureWow | Posted 07.07.2015 | Travel
PureWow

If you've ever waited on a three-hour line only to find the Eiffel Tower just...meh, then you know the value of avoiding tourist traps. Here are eight places we firmly think you can skip -- and what to do with your time instead.

Let Freedom Ring for All

Sue Shanahan | Posted 07.02.2015 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

When the founders of our nation landed on the shores of Cape Cod, it was with the pursuit of religious freedom. All the other truths we've fought for since that time, stemmed from this same quest.

Thank a Veteran, Everyday

SreyRam Kuy, MD | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
SreyRam Kuy, MD

I feel so fortunate and blessed to live in America, and to have the freedoms that we have here. I have the freedom to go to school and to get an education. I can live without fear; without having to look over my shoulder.

Finding Independence Beyond Business as Usual 

Bill Couzens | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

Please understand that, as consumers and Americans, you have more options and choices than you know. Celebrate your independence by not being led by current marketing and legislative processes that are not in your best interest or the interest of your family's health and well-being.

The 26 Most Badass Photos From The Women's World Cup Final

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.05.2015 | Sports

World-class athletes of the highest order.

Hilarious Eagle Fan Is Every American Today

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.05.2015 | Sports

Instant internet legend.

Happy Birthday America: A Short Killjoy Rant by a Trans Immigrant

Addison Rose Vincent | Posted 07.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Addison Rose Vincent

As we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and remind religious and spiritual minority communities that this is "one Nation under [a Christian] God," remember that liberty and justice is reserved only for those who resemble the Founding Fathers.

Finding My Mother and My American Identity

Joel Peterson | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

Americans may be equal, but we are not all the same. It is the willingness of one American to defend the right of another to be different -- to think, to believe, to live in ways and to say things that one may vehemently dislike. But we will act to defend this differentness, this right to be free and unique -- even at risk of death.

Does Human Survival Require the Collapse of 90 Companies?

Alexia Parks | Posted 07.02.2015 | Green
Alexia Parks

Energy companies have strong financial incentives to produce and market their booked reserves and oppose efforts to leave their valuable assets in the ground but social and legal pressures may shift these incentives.

Red, White, Black and Blue: Toward a More Truthful National Narrative

Cynthia Kane | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Cynthia Kane

A fabulous sense of joy came out at Pride celebrations across the nation last week, following SCOTUS's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that individual states can't legally deny same-sex couples the right to marry.

Fourth of July -- One Veteran's Thoughts

Justin Constantine | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Justin Constantine

As a Marine who was wounded in Iraq, I had a lot of time during my recuperation to think about what our nation's values mean. I've always believed that America was not a perfect country but one that was on a path of improving itself and striving to live up to its cherished ideals.

Celebrating July 4th in France

Peter Mandel | Posted 07.01.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

It's the July 4th weekend. My wife, Kathy, and I have a bag full of red, white and blue pinwheels, some Stars and Stripes-brand snack cakes and a packet of mini-flags. We're nearly set for a holiday blowout in the country. Strangely, none of the stores is stocked with hot dogs or chips. No one around us seems to be doing the same.

Broken English: When Our Mother Tongues Take the Back Seat

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices
Priscilla Takondwa Semphere

There is nothing wrong with sounding Western, but there is something fundamentally problematic when it is born of disdain for one's own linguistic discipline or tradition.

Celebrating Immigrants Means Celebrating Parents

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 07.01.2015 | Good News
Carnegie Corporation of New York

As Carnegie Corporation of New York honors Great Immigrants this Independence Day, I am reminded of my parents and our journey to the United States in August 1959.

Are You In One of the Drunkest States?

COED.com | Posted 07.01.2015 | Weird News

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, you’re probably planning your weekend festivities. If heading to the beach, checking out some firew...

Take The Citizenship Test For 'Merica

The Huffington Post | Aaron Nemo | Posted 07.01.2015 | Comedy

Sure, you know America. But do you have what it takes to obtain legal citizenship in 'Merica?

Road Trip Tip: Cross the Border for Double the Fun!

trivago | Posted 06.30.2015 | Travel
trivago

Before you celebrate the red, white, and blue on July 4th, why not take a quick trip across the border to celebrate Canada Day on July 1 with our neighbors to the north?

White Identity Offers Bland Nothingness or Racism -- An Inclusive American Identity Is the Answer

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

We need an American identity built on a foundation of that shared history--not a whitewashed version of it, but one that can, as President Obama declared in Selma, "look upon our imperfections and decide that it is in our power to remake this nation to more closely align with our highest ideals."

Dogs Raise Firework Threat Level To ‘Gray'

The Huffington Post | Aaron Nemo | Posted 06.29.2015 | Comedy

Canines are on high alert as the 4th of July approaches.

America's Trade Agenda: Too Important To Fail

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Joshua W. Walker

These issues, foreign and domestic, are far too important to leave unaddressed. Maintaining a U.S. trade policy that is at the heart of U.S. economic and foreign policy priorities is critical. In essence - it is too important to fail.

Choosing a Mayor May Be More Important Than Choosing a President

John M. Eger | Posted 06.26.2015 | Technology
John M. Eger

Let's be frank. The strength of America's economy and as well as our political prowess in the world are inextricably linked. Cities -- not the Federal government -- are best positioned to renew and reinvent America for the new, global, knowledge-based economy.

U.S. Must Take the Lead on Pope Francis' Call on Climate Change

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 06.25.2015 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

The United States has the technological imperative to lead on clean energy. We have the economic imperative to engage in job creation that is good for all of creation. We have the moral responsibility to protect our planet for future generations. And with the pope's encyclical, science and technology truly can be the answer to our prayers.