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National Archives Shows Benjamin Franklin's Papers

AP | Posted 02.10.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Documents from the National Archives are going on view to explore the life of Benjamin Franklin as a scientist, diplomat, philanthropist...

The Politics of Sustainability

John Friedman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Green
John Friedman

It is time to review our foundational values and documents and establish why sustainability is very much based on American values that transcend today's politicized political climate.

Chicago Rolls Back First Amendment Rights

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 03.20.2012 | Chicago
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

Recently the City Council voted to approve Mayor Emanuel's new protest ordinance. These restrictions are not only excessive, but they will also serve to prevent citizens from protesting and exercising their civil liberties.

Renewing America's Promise: Fired Up for Philanthropy and Democracy in 2012

Maxim Thorne | Posted 03.01.2012 | Impact
Maxim Thorne

Let 2012 also be about philanthropy in action, about getting fire and getting fired up for our national movement for more equality, more human rights, more justice, more opportunity.

How Cutting Government Spending Can Increase the Cost of Government

Thomas Fisher | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Thomas Fisher

The evidence is clear and undisputable: cutting government spending in areas that prevent problems from occurring in the first place can cost taxpayers more over the long run.

Weiner 101: A History Lesson on Our Sexpot Founding Fathers

Maegan Carberry | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Maegan Carberry

After reading Larry Flynt and David Eisenbach's One Nation Under Sex, I'm pretty convinced Ben Franklin would definitely have had some racy social media exchanges if the technology were available to him.

What's Up for January From Kids Off the Couch

Sarah Bowman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Sarah Bowman

Our New Year's resolution is to put a little more tiger into our Western tank of parenting... just as soon as we recover from another weekend of sports games and sleepovers.

Do it Yourself Health Care Reform

Dave Chase | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dave Chase

In the past, health care costs weren't a big enough impact on the bottom line for business to worry about. That has changed. Many are at a breaking point, and I believe the prescription is a do-it-yourself approach.

Daylight Saving. Who's Benefitting?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Howard Steven Friedman

Many of us find the resetting of the clocks annoying but naturally wonder if there's any science behind daylight saving time -- does it actually conserve energy?

Hey George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, What Was Plan B?

Mike Hegedus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Hegedus

The popular definition of insanity is to keep repeating the same action over and over again expecting a different result. Tuesday's mid-term elections...

Benjamin Franklin and a Modern American Portrait -- Tax Cuts, Poverty, and Moving In

Stephan A. Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephan A. Schwartz

Benjamin Franklin saw America as a democratic society: middle class, largely urban, family-centered, joyful, and upwardly mobile. Recently we have been oriented more towards Ayn Rand.

The Indifference of Younger Voters and Our Imperiled Democracy

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

"Lower voter participation is a silent threat to our democracy... It under-represents young people, the poor, the disabled, those with little educatio...

The Tea Party/GOP Would Hate Our Actual Founders

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

The very first phrase of this nation's defining document, the Bill of Rights, says: "Judaeo-Christian? Not a chance." It is the humanistic liberalism of America's Founders that still enraged the neo-Puritan GOP.

Famous, Interesting And Dead

John Mitchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Mitchinson

Many are world famous, others almost completely forgotten: the only criteria for inclusion were that they be both dead -- and interesting.

There You Go Again: the Death Rites of Miranda

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

GOP candidates are manly men who fight for law and order. Only leftist weaklings bother with details like fair trials or worry about executing innocent prisoners.

The History of the $100 Bill (SLIDESHOW)

Damien Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Damien Hoffman

2010-04-22-100dollarpull.jpg Back in 1860, hip hop stars weren't flashing Benjamins on MTV. But tycoons were surely throwing around Bald Eagles.

You Must Come From Texas, George!

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

Putting the U.S. Constitution into every pocket in the country is the vision of LibertyDay founder Andy McKean and his wife Kathy.

It's Not the Circumstances, It's Us

Mike Robbins | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mike Robbins

What if we lived our lives with a deeper awareness of the fact that we create our experience of life at any moment? Imagine what our lives if we stopped blaming our experience on external circumstances.

8 Gateways To Greater Happiness

Anne Naylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

Happiness grows from a state of mind -- a perspective about life and your engagement with it, and the actions you take to support your happiness.

Deodorant Ads Help Us Learn About an Important Word: Incitement

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

It's how a culture gets you to read yourself, so that you think you are just expressing and reacting to your natural, real self. But hello, culture invented your self. It's not entirely natural.

Burying Ben Franklin

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel Krotz

My friend is depressed by how things are turning out. He realizes how unreflective he has been, and he has suddenly realized how badly people are being served by our institutions.

Eat Your Fears and Snuff Them Out

Grant Cardone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Grant Cardone

Ask 10 people this simple question, "Freak or super freak?" And I assure you regardless of their political views all ten will answer "Super Freak."

Newly Discovered Ben Franklin Letters Sheds New Light On Early US History

CNN | Melissa Gray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

An American professor doing research in London stumbled across a series of previously unknown letters written by, to, and about Benjamin Franklin, a s...

Benjamin Franklin Letters Found In London

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

University of California - San Diego professor Alan Houston has discovered 47 copies of letters written by Benjamin Franklin in the Spring and Summer ...

Seeking Happiness? Try Pursuing Purpose

Anne Dunev | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Dunev

It appears we contemporary Americans may have switched the interpretation of "pursuit of happiness" to "pursuit of pleasure."