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Rihanna's New Single "American Oxygen" and What it Means for America

Natalie Kalin | Posted 04.20.2015 | Entertainment
Natalie Kalin

If Rihanna does in fact feel the growing changes in the US, we must ask ourselves a greater question: if a celebrity--a citizen that is very removed from the face of danger or misdeed--is feeling distraught over America's current state, what does that mean for our country?

America's China Consensus Slowly Unravels

Hugh White | Posted 04.20.2015 | World
Hugh White

The big risk is that neither side will be willing to make concessions, because each expects the other to blink first. That leads straight to escalating rivalry and an ever-higher risk of war.

Chinese, US Police Officers Send Touching Tributes To Officers Battling Cancer

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 04.16.2015 | World

It was a rare and beautiful instance of pure, unadulterated goodwill in the relationship between the United States and China: For the past few weeks, ...

The Most Beautiful Neighborhood In America Is...

Thrillist | Posted 04.17.2015 | HuffPost Home
Thrillist

To that end, we've combed our great nation from coast to coast and ranked 10 'hoods whose curbside appeal is undeniable. From East Coast historic districts to West Coast sea cliffs, these are the most beautiful neighborhoods in America.

Pledge of Allegiance Incident Proves We Need More Critical Thinking

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's time to take control of our own lives and start thinking for ourselves. Shouldn't American citizens have the freedom to live their lives without limits as long as they're not hurting anyone else of infringing on others' rights?

16 Cities That Top Every 'Best' List

Thrillist | Posted 04.16.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

Nothing gets people talking city pride like a "best-of" Internet list.

7 Small Towns Who Have A LOT To Be Proud Of

Thrillist | Posted 04.16.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

People are really proud of their small towns.

So...You Want to do Business in Cuba? A Mini-Guide For U.S. Businesses, Social Entrepreneurs and NGOs

Eric Leenson | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Eric Leenson

Cuba and the U.S. are currently discussing the reestablishment of diplomatic relations. But the complete normalization of relations may take years to achieve and, in a number of fundamental business-related areas, will require congressional approval in the U.S.

Screw You, I Am Asian 'American'

Mason Hsieh | Posted 04.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

While it may not have been Tammy's intent, posing this seemingly innocuous question is a poorly disguised microaggression that perpetuates the belief that Asian-Americans are cultural and racial outsider within the American context. T

America's Deadly Denial of Racism

David Bedrick | Posted 04.10.2015 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

Regarding race, and many other of our deepest and most intractable problems (e.g., addiction, depression, and domestic violence), getting the bad guys, identifying and eliminating a few bad apples, is wholly insufficient.

The 33 Best Ramen Shops In America

Thrillist | Posted 04.09.2015 | Taste
Thrillist

Like a pot of pork bones, ramen's popularity has been simmering for a long time.

The Urgency of Increasing Higher Education Attainment in America

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 04.09.2015 | Education
Jamie Merisotis

New data reveal that our country risks falling behind in a global race -- the competition for innovation and, above all else, talent -- unless actions are taken now to significantly increase postsecondary attainment.

The Case Against Political Dynasties in American Politics

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.07.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.27.2015 | 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 03.27.2015 | 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 03.26.2015 | 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 03.24.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.19.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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 ...