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A Thought About Robert Gordon and America

Peter Vaughn | Posted 03.01.2016 | Books
Peter Vaughn

The American new world is a world of change: new people, new communities, new homes, new habits, new toys and tools, new skills, new horizons and new dreams. With all this newly minted change comes an unanticipated and often unacknowledged loss.

26 Things Irish People Find Fascinating About America

Carissa Howard | Posted 02.29.2016 | Good News
Carissa Howard

I know quite a few native Irish people, in particular, my husband of nine years, his family, his friends, and many of our mutual friends. Like most Europeans, the Irish find the United States fascinating because of the sheer volume of people, diversity of cultures, consumer products, the prevalence of gun violence, and the fact that everything is on sale, all the time.

Sanders and Trump: How the Political and Media Establishment Got 2016 So Wrong

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 02.17.2017 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

Perhaps the biggest story coming out of campaign 2016 is not the rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, but the fact that the media and political establishment never saw it coming. And the fact that they never saw it coming perfectly explains the rise of Sanders and Trump.

Fighting Poverty in the U.S. Today: Words But No War

Frank Islam | Posted 02.10.2017 | Impact
Frank Islam

Believe it or not as 2015 drew to a close and 2016 started, poverty became a hot topic again. In December, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) an...

Taxpayers and Homeowners Share the Same Risk Regardless of Politics

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 02.03.2017 | Business
Garrick T. Davis

Almost two thirds of taxpayers are homeowners. Why should they be OK with the government experimenting with their tax dollars to benefit the government controlled GSEs? How about benefiting the taxpayer homeowner instead?

The Worst Reason to Not Vote for Bernie Sanders

Cody Gough | Posted 01.31.2017 | 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?

I Spent a Year Listening to Strangers Tell Stories They Can't Share With Anyone Else

Helena Bala | Posted 01.25.2017 | Women
Helena Bala

For a little over a year now, I've listened to strangers I meet on Craigslist tell me stories they've never told anyone before.

Cambodia and Laos: Hidden Gems in Angkor Wat and Luang Prabang

David Code | Posted 01.21.2017 | Travel
David Code

"Until I learned English, I felt like a deaf person--surrounded by all these foreigners I couldn't understand," she told me. I knew Christmas in ...

Fallen Eagle: Glenn Frey's Untimely Passing Points Up a Long Run Era

William Bradley | Posted 01.20.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

The Eagles, with a few hiatuses between long and rather leisurely and extremely profitable world tours, haven't really gone away since, though together they have only produced the smash studio double album Long Road Out of Eden.

Trump's Success is a Desperate Cry for Help

René Zografos | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics
René Zografos

A country in crisis will always search for outsiders. And if we look at what Donald Trump suggests, to deny Muslims into America, we must admit that this is quite an extreme proposal -- even for Republican standards.

Success Or Failure On The Way To The American Dream

Frederick M. Lawrence | Posted 01.19.2017 | Education
Frederick M. Lawrence

Daniel is proof of the possibility of changing young lives, the enduring promise of the American Dream. This is both an inspiring story of Daniel's contributions and a challenging story about Aikiam's lost productivity -- all of us win when they win, but lose when they lose.

5 Ways Martin Luther King Inspired the World By Having a Dream

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 01.18.2017 | Impact
Amy Oestreicher

Thank you, Martin Luther King Jr., for inspiring faith, dreams, and all the power they hold for our world. The greatest gift we can give to each other is little steps in faith, trust, compassion, and bringing our dreams to light.

The U.S. Has Become More Religiously Diverse

Rev. Donald Heckman | Posted 01.14.2017 | Religion
Rev. Donald Heckman

Many people are very discouraged by the current climate of anti-Muslim and anti-"other" rhetoric that so fills the airwaves. However, the larger reality is that we are progressing as anation towards a more positive appropriation of our rich religious diversity.

What I Have Learned from Muslim Women

Gail Stearns | Posted 12.29.2016 | Religion
Gail Stearns

Dress, let alone practicing their religion, can set these women apart from the culture around them. That is not to say there is no fashion involved - indeed their fashions are quite intricate. Yet what I have learned from these close friends of mine is there is no shame in not fitting in perfectly with the women around you.

Why the Term "Middle Class" Is Meaningless Today

Benjamin Powers | Posted 12.28.2016 | Politics
Benjamin Powers

While we all like to think of ourselves as middle class, the wide swath of people that claim that label only illustrates that we don't really have an accurate idea of what it means. The term has become divorced from actual income, making it an abstract idea we apply liberally.

Happy Birthday ABLE Act

Michael Morris | Posted 12.18.2016 | Impact
Michael Morris

Dream big. Be enabled. Be empowered. Set savings goals. Enlist support of family and friends. Be ready for a more self-determined and self-directed future. Be ready to make your first contribution to a down payment on freedom.

Donald Trump Should Visit the America I Know

David Rivera | Posted 12.17.2016 | Latino Voices
David Rivera

"The Donald" while famously rich is exceedingly poor in knowledge, compassion, and respect for American values. It is as though he is trapped in some bygone era or simply "didn't get the memo."

Trump Leverages Fear in Americans, Wrong Candidate for Our Nation's Future

Amit Jani | Posted 12.14.2016 | Politics
Amit Jani

As you walk through the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, steam rises up through the metal floor grates and fills each of the six glass towers...

Are Millennials Redefining the American Dream?

Krystina Nguyen | Posted 12.14.2016 | Business
Krystina Nguyen

The real question is whether the Millennials' current definition of success will change. Are these simply characteristics of a life phase and Millennials will eventually become like their Baby Boomer counterparts seeking material symbols to show off their success?

Young Democrats Prefer Bernie Sanders, New Poll Finds

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics

Millennials, especially those who feel disenchanted about their own future, are gravitating toward outsider presidential candidates, according to a po...

Indentured Graduates: Debt Serfdom in America - Part 3

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 12.09.2016 | Education
Liaquat Ali Khan

A bankruptcy court tells a sad story of student loans. Upon graduating from a school of dentistry in Wisconsin, Soler accumulated student loans in the...

An Open Letter to Donald Trump

Nazanin Amini | Posted 12.10.2016 | Politics
Nazanin Amini

I am the greatest threat to ISIS and all Islamic terrorists world wide. I am an educated, independent, ambitious young Muslim American woman and I am immune to their nonsense.

When Mass Shootings Become Typical, What Do You Believe?

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 12.04.2016 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

"This was not a typical mass shooting day," he said. The words struck my heart as the newscaster described the variation in what had become a ritual i...

This Is Either the Best Idea or the Worst Plan Ever

Daniel Cubias | Posted 12.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

I've been following the advice of the Freakonomics guys, who advise us to think like a child and ask seemingly naive questions in the pursuit of higher truths. So I asked myself, "Would something like the Homestead Act for undocumented immigrants be a good idea?"

The Most Beautiful Travel Souvenir

Rick Steves | Posted 12.03.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

TripIt, a popular app designed to help you organize your travels, just did a quality job of producing a series of four-minute interviews with me about...