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To Be Born a President

Justin Curmi | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Justin Curmi

No one is born a leader, but there are two types of leaders, one who was taught and circumstantially produced. One can be taught to be leader as anyone can be taught any other occupation, thought, and so on.

The Worst Reason to Not Vote for Bernie Sanders

Cody Gough | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics
Cody Gough

But what does it say about the United States if its citizens are afraid to vote for a candidate because they don't believe their government will allow the leader of the free world to address the biggest domestic problems it faces?

Iowa Caucus: Playing Field of Dreams

David Trumble | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics
David Trumble

First published in The Des Moines Register:...

Ten Things Foreigners Love About America

René Zografos | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
René Zografos

It's about time. America has been a target for almost every intellectual writer the last decades. They have followed the mainstream and willingly criticized America without inhibitions. Enough is enough - here is a positive and very honest article about America for a change.

Civility Does Still Matter

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

None of us needed a poll to tell us why civility is important, but it is comforting to be reminded that we, the people, really do place a high value on it and want our politicians to embrace civility.

Disability: A New Campaign Issue About Not-so-new Concerns

David Pettinicchio | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
David Pettinicchio

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton recently proposed increased early screenings and more resources for treating autism.

The Importance of Religion in the 2016 Campaign

Matt Trovalli | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Matt Trovalli

Some voters are very passionate about their religious views being reflected in politics. In fact, according to a new report from Pew Research, two-thirds of Republicans believe it is important to have a president who shares their religious beliefs.

A Cabinet of Curiosities, Americana Style: Tom Manning's Runoff

Sezin Koehler | Posted 01.27.2016 | Books
Sezin Koehler

Runoff is a fantastically entertaining ode to Americana the Strange, with an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to monsters and horror stories that any savvy reader will be able to appreciate and celebrate.

Sherlock, Seinfeld, Gillibrand and Various Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 01.26.2016 | Media
Tom Alderman

California drivers tend to think their turn signals are vestigial organs, something that exists existentially but doesn't really matter, which makes d...

10 Reasons You Should Not Fear Muslims

Omar Alnatour | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion
Omar Alnatour

On behalf of all Muslim Americans, I urge you to rise above your unfounded fears and trust in the truth that implores you to accept us as equal citizens of this nation. Look past our hijabs and long beards and see the love we have in our hearts.

Take Them to Dusty, or a Fake Empire

Timothy Braun | Posted 01.25.2016 | Comedy
Timothy Braun

"We're half awake in a fake empire..." -The National, Fake Empire If aliens from space land on American soil in the next four to eight years and say...

3 Things I Want My Son to Know About Patriotism

Micah Conkling | Posted 01.25.2016 | Parents
Micah Conkling

I wrestle with what I'm going to tell him about America, and I've been trying to form a plan for engaging America's history - the good, bad, and incredibly ugly -- and talking to him about being "an American" in a healthy and productive way.

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.