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The Case Against Political Dynasties in American Politics

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

What does history teach us about the wisdom of going the 'easy' route and voting for candidates from political dynasties? Does being part of such a dynasty impart one with greater political wisdom or a higher level of achievement?

10 Things You Didn't Know About Central Park

Thrillist | Posted 06.01.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

Things you do know about Central Park: you have to pour your wine into a Solo cup or the cops are totally going to bust you for drinking on Sheep Meadow.

The 11 Best Drinking Cities in America

Thrillist | Posted 05.31.2015 | Taste
Thrillist

To figure out the best cities for drinking in 2015, we imbibed all over this great nation and weighed many factors, from closing times and historical impact to happy hours, breweries, and contributions to drinking culture.

Pakistan's Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled

Aparna Pande | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Aparna Pande

Pakistan remains unwilling to change the substance of its policy on terrorism even as it tries to reassure the international community that it is ready for a drastic transformation.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's First Draft of 'The Great Gatsby'

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 05.27.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Today, the earliest surviving manuscript draft of The Great Gatsby rests in a high-security, climate-controlled vault in Princeton, New Jersey. However, this manuscript is not the first draft of the novel. Only two pages of that survive.

The Weirdest Roadside Attraction in Every State

Thrillist | Posted 05.26.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

There's nothing better than a great American cross-country road trip: soaking in the nation's majestic beauty, eating in tiny roadside diners, driving 150 miles out of the way to take a selfie in front of... a giant ball of string!

Why Americans Are So Optimistic

The Atlantic | Jared Keller | Posted 03.26.2015 | World

For centuries, visitors to the United States have been struck by the boundless optimism of its people. Recent research bears out the stereotype, confi...

India and the American Dream

Ida Jo | Posted 05.24.2015 | Travel
Ida Jo

I was surprised by the question, "Do you live with your family?" I tried to explain that the answer was no. In India, families live together. Here we are focused on independence and the desire to make it on our own. There, the focus is to make it.

These Are America's Best Pepperoni Pizzas

The Daily Meal | Posted 05.23.2015 | Taste
The Daily Meal

From Philadelphia to Atlanta to Seattle, there are some excellent pepperoni pies being served across the nation.

The Republican Delusion: American Exceptionalism

Richard Zombeck | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

Last week I wrote about how the GOP continues to embarrass America. The consensus from the comments and tweets seems to be that one must have unquestioning and blind belief that the United States of America is exceptional in all regards, and that to deviate from that belief or question our superior standing in the world is unpatriotic.

Bob Dylan as America: Knausgaard in Duluth

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

The music of America is alive and well, on stage in the hands of the master of the selfless self, the king of the not-one's-one. I'd like to invite Knausgaard to the show, the next time he's here for a visit.

Guilt, Privilege and the Unraveling of Race

Julian Mitchell | Posted 05.17.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

The overarching desire is not to live in a "post-racial" America, but to exist in a "post-racist" America. The goal is not for all races to be considered the same, but for each race to have a private identity and culture that is separate, but respected equally.

America's Best Cities for Food Snobs (PHOTOS)

Travel + Leisure | Posted 05.16.2015 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Whether they were craving French fusion, peanut-butter-and-kimchi sandwiches or the perfect piece of fried chicken, Travel+Leisure readers ranked the ...

Why I Had to Leave India Alone

Ketaki Desai | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Ketaki Desai

When the time came for me to leave the country and fly to the United States for a graduate degree, my mother finally promised me the thing I had always wanted to hear: Go live a life where you will no longer have to face everyday struggles because you were born a woman.

In America, We Shoot Our Guns To Cook Our Bacon (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 03.13.2015 | Weird News

Somewhere in the United States, a bald eagle is shedding a single tear, overcome by the blessed beauty of this great nation. It's because of Americ...

Our Schools Were Meant to Serve the Needs of Children, Not of the Nation

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

A child comes into this world experiencing the fear of abandonment. If we in schools can reassure the child we will always be there for him/her and then demonstrate our ability to help the child learn and grow, we will surely become an integral part of the child's life.

What Happened to America's First Muslims?

Peter Manseau | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion
Peter Manseau

Muslims were indeed here from the beginning, but the beliefs and practices they brought with them only rarely endured. Their experiences serve as a reminder that every faith woven into the fabric of our country has been made up of strands both light and dark.

An Atheist's Perspective on the Rise of Christian Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Zoltan Istvan

Transhumanism is not a religion, nor is it in competition with religion. It is simply a mode of being that embraces evolving the human being with science, reason, and technology.

Baldev Duggal, Immigrant to Icon: An American Dream

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Chaker Khazaal

Many immigrants don't just bring their luggage with them when they come to America's shores. They also bring their determination -- and, yes, their dreams. It is the power of these dreams that will help America grow and prosper in the face of the endless challenges and opportunities our future holds.

Respect President Obama's Office, if not the Man

Senator Catherine Pugh | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Senator Catherine Pugh

Apparently, it is somewhat difficult for the President's critics, who have not walked in his shoes or experienced his history to understand how you can love our country but still call on it every day to display equality, fairness and justice for all.

Super-Size the Super Bowl

Rick Rosner | Posted 04.26.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.25.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.23.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

Obama's not like you and me.