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What's Wrong With This Map?

Posted 09.08.2012 | Comedy

Some US states have something everyone agrees they're shaped like. How many times have you heard someone from Michigan tell you they're from "the mitt...

Week 8: 50-City U.S. Speaking Tour

Imran Ahmad | Posted 09.07.2012 | Home
Imran Ahmad

I walked down a deserted Nicollet Mall and, when I reached the bridge, I came upon an eerie sight: the mighty Mississippi river frozen into an uncanny, supernatural stillness.

A Spiritual Declaration Of Independence From Hate

Jason Van Boom | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Jason Van Boom

How people celebrate their birthdays tells us much about them. This is true not only of individuals, but even more so of countries. So, as we celebrate the 236th anniversary of our founding, it's an appropriate time to reflect.

America: You Are All Heart

Leslie Griffith | Posted 09.03.2012 | Home
Leslie Griffith

On this glorious nation's birthday, then as now, we are growing, expanding and reaching for unexplored ways to navigate new complexities. We are more diverse than ever and more in need of visionary thinkers to help us explore.

July 4th and the Renovation of America

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 09.02.2012 | Los Angeles
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

Let's celebrate our July 4th freedom with a game called, "What Is Going On Right Now in America?"

PHOTOS: Andrew Zimmern's Most Bizarre American Foods

The Daily Meal | Posted 09.03.2012 | Home
The Daily Meal

In honor of the 100th-episode milestone, the man who has traveled around the world and documented his gastronomic adventures eating bat paste, durian, and other bizarre foods, presents, in his own words, his observation on the top nine most bizarre American foods and where to get them:

The 18 Most Patriotic Late Night Clips Of The Year

Matt Wilstein | Posted 09.02.2012 | Comedy
Matt Wilstein

Over the last year, the late night hosts have celebrated everything both wonderful and terrible about America (or Amercia if you're Mitt Romney). This 4th of July, let's all take a look back at the most patriotic late night clips of the year.

The Many Definitions Of Freedom

Christian de la Huerta | Posted 09.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Christian de la Huerta

Freedom means going for our own unique brand of personal excellence, thereby making the world a brighter, more colorful and more loving place.

The Declaration of Independence 2012 (As Written of, by and for Women)

Flora Nicholas | Posted 09.02.2012 | Comedy
Flora Nicholas

So as we gals are made of strong "home of the brave" stuff, we have chosen today to bring these matters to the country's attention, and yes, publish our own version of the Declaration of Independence.

Why the Future Will Be American

Rob Asghar | Posted 09.02.2012 | World
Rob Asghar

Americans may slow their own path if political dysfunction continues. But with even a little adjustment, a resilient, forward-thinking and forward-moving economy will result.

I Am Gay... And An American

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 09.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

I am a passionate, progressive, pro-choice, artistic, forward-thinking, optimistic yet sometimes sarcastic, spirit-seeking, showtune-singing, equality-supporting, Mary-Chapin-Carpenter-loving gay dad. And I am an American.

PHOTOS: 24 All-American Inns For July 4

iLoveInns | Posted 09.02.2012 | Travel
iLoveInns

As John Adams wrote about July 4, "It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." He should've added a word about a stay in one of these inns.

Interdependence Day

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

In the 21st century, we stand more to gain through interdependence than independence. In fact, the paradox is that we can preserve the latter by engaging in the former.

Star Spangled Cocktails for 4th of July

Colleen Mullaney | Posted 09.01.2012 | Home
Colleen Mullaney

Spike up summer's favorite fruits and create refreshing cocktails that will add a spark to your 4th of July celebration. Invite your friends over for some star spangled fun, these tasty libations are better by the batchful!

War And America’s Civil Religion

Raymond Haberski, Jr. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Raymond Haberski, Jr.

The American experience with war acts like a civil religion -- a way for Americans to affirm and assess national ideals for which generations have been called to give their last full measure of devotion. It is a glorious, dangerous, heroic, terrifying cross to bear.

POLL: Do You Consider Yourself Patriotic?

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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The Strongest Woman In America Lives In Poverty

Buzz Feed | Posted 06.29.2012 | Women

Weightlifter Sarah Robles is an incredible athlete, but outside the world of squats and snatches, barely anyone knows her name. And even though she's ...

UNESCO Makes Nativity Church A World Heritage Endangered Site, Israel, US Abstain

AP | ELAINE GANLEY and KARIN LAUB | Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion

PARIS — UNESCO's World Heritage committee on Friday approved a Palestinian bid to place the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on its list of s...

Creativity Is the New Economy

Richard Florida | Posted 08.27.2012 | Business
Richard Florida

It's common to say we are now living in a post-industrial information or knowledge economy. But the shift is actually deeper and more thorough-going than that.

Riding the Bus to a New Era of Respect

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.26.2012 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

Parents and teachers need to work together to counter the negative forces feeding our children. Parents and teachers can lead discussions about the values that have shaped our American hopes and dreams since our country was founded.

What Do You Do? Identity vs. Work, East vs. West

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

A while back, when I was visiting my mother's ancestral village in Thai Binh province in northern Vietnam, it occurred to me that, after a barrage of questions from distant relatives, not once did anyone ask that common question in America: "So, what do you do?"

Eating Is Dangerous

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

Is it better to be ignorant and eat toxic foods or is it better to spend a lifetime reading ingredients on packages and asking where meat and fish were born, and what their astrological signs are?

WATCH: Are You Too Fat?

Posted 08.20.2012 | Comedy

A recent study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that people worldwide are 34 billion pounds overweight. They also found tha...

Homesickness

Gideon Resnick | Posted 08.18.2012 | College
Gideon Resnick

I have always clung to my family's history as something that defines me in a way I have yet to understand. I feel ignorant though when people ask when was the last time I visited, because I simply haven't... ever.

US-India-Iran Ties

Aparna Pande | Posted 08.15.2012 | World
Aparna Pande

Despite the shifts in relations, it is US pressure on India that has turned Iran into a pressing foreign policy question in New Delhi. This has in turn led to an Indian-Iranian juggling act.