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Founding Fathers

Dick Cheney's Heart Device Was Developed With Taxpayer Money

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The ingenious left ventricular assist device heart pump used by the former vice president was developed by the National Institutes of Health with taxpayer money.

Double Congress's Pay

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

We must separate our ire at the Congress of the moment from the nobility of the legislative task performed by the people we choose, and demand that congressional pay be doubled -- at least.

A Conversation Between James Madison and Thomas Jefferson

Al Eisele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Al Eisele

The present Congress, the 112th since we first met in Philadelphia 223 years ago, has had the temerity to read, and perhaps even revise, the sacred words by which we govern ourselves.

Reading The Constitution

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The newly-Republican House of Representatives is going to start off their tenure reading the entire Constitution on the floor of the House. There's one problem with this: Who gets to read the uncomfortable bits?

Why Obama Must Embrace the Veto Strategy

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

Barack Obama understands that the country wants a president who acts. And as the new, Tea Party-tainted Congress is spoiling for confrontation, now is the ideal moment for a true veto strategy.

Alexander Hamilton's Religion: A Temperate Example For Today's Fractured World

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

Which Hamilton -- the pious Christian, the deist, the skeptic, the religious free-marketeer -- would pass judgment on the secular/religious debates of contemporary America?

American Exceptionalism Is Un-American

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The boast of American exceptionalism betrays ignorance of the Founding Fathers and the tarnished history of the United States. In any event, to overlook faults because other nations are more flawed is juvenile, and leads nowhere.

Ali Hasan: Why I'm Leaving The GOP

Muhammad Ali Hasan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Muhammad Ali Hasan

Dearest Republican Party - Please know, I write this letter with love. You have given me so much and I owe it to you... I owe it to explain why I...

Slouching Towards Tyranny

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The state of civil liberties and national security in the United States is alarming. In the American Empire, the former are routinely crippled or lacerated in the false name of the latter.

The Steep Distortion Curve of Republican Populism

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

Beware of Republicans bearing populist speeches. Republican populism is an oxymoron, a con-job, a Fox friendly flimflam for those in lemming lockstep ...

Get Ready for Gridlock

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

Obama may find with the 112th Congress that executive branch-only action may be the only path open to advance anything more than token parts of his agenda.

The Tea Party Idea of Freedom Is Anything But

Jesse Larner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Larner

"Freedom" means maximizing freedom, the possibility of controlling our own lives, for all. This may sometimes require restricting the freedom of the powerful to control others.

University Of Virginia Archivists Put Founding Fathers Papers Online

AP | ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

RICHMOND, Va. — History buffs will soon be able to explore the private thoughts and official writings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and...

Jill Lepore: Tea Party Time... and the Death of Compassion (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

There's more religion than politics in the 2010 Tea Party, Jill Lepore is saying. There's less of 1776 about it than of 1976 -- that dyspeptic post-Vietnam, post-Watergate bicentennial moment.

President Obama: Veto Yes; Pocket Veto, No!

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

The Constitution does not give presidents the option of choosing, or worse inventing, a veto method.

Atheist House Candidate Up Against Pillar of Prayer Caucus

Barrett Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barrett Brown

There are probably a great many atheists and agnostics in Congress, and most of those keep their religious opinions secret; polls routinely show that atheists are mistrusted more than any other group.

Peace Is the New Frontier

Sean Carasso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sean Carasso

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Disguising Themselves as Indians Was an Act of Cowardice

Tim Giago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Giago

If the Tea Party wants to "spruce up its historical bona fides," its members should honor its real history by attending all of the Tea Party rallies dressed as American Indians and not as George Washington.

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.

Birthright Citizenship Is Bedrock Americanism

Van Gosse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Van Gosse

When you hear that birthright citizenship is not part of the America conceived by the Founding Fathers, take a strong drink of skepticism.

Zuckerberg and the Ferengi?

Matthew Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matthew Anderson

There were many reasons not to like Mark Zuckerberg. Harvard "privilege" is one. Youth and undeserved early success is another.

Stoned on Righteousness

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

It's not just about us. If Californians legalize marijuana on Nov. 2, maybe Mexico will end its horrific drug war.

Throw the Bums In!

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

When the economy stinks, and CEOs are getting millions in bonuses for firing enough of you, and you can't toss GE's Jeffrey Immelt out on his ear, but...

The Power of Words

Yehuda Berg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Yehuda Berg

Once we have the awareness that our words are what sets us apart from the animal kingdom, we might consider using them with greater consciousness and awareness.

Where Were You On September 11?

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

Is there any American who doesn't approach September 11th with a feeling of sadness and the thought of, "What will I do? How will I spend the day?" ...