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The Islamic State's Murder of a Modern Day Monuments Man

Robert M. Edsel | Posted 08.21.2015 | Arts
Robert M. Edsel

Khaled al-Asaad, 83-year-old retired Syrian archaeologist known admiringly as "Mr. Palmyra" for his extraordinary knowledge of that revered 2,000 year-old Roman era city, has been killed.

Ignore the Fear Mongering on Social Security, Which is 80 Years Old Today and Still Healthy

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Alf Landon, the Kansas governor running as the Republican Party's 1936 presidential candidate, called it a "fraud on the working man." Silas Strawn, a former president of both the American Bar Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said it was part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's attempt to "Sovietize the country."

What About a Jobs Program?

Cynthia M. Koch | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Cynthia M. Koch

We need to summon the political will to create -- for the first time -- an American labor force of committed citizens that reaches across boundaries of class, race, gender, and religion and involves all Americans. Only then can those in despair envision a future in which they and their children live useful lives as contributing members of our society.

On Being American

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 06.16.2015 | Media
Nigel Hamilton

I became an American on Nov. 4, 2010, at an elegant ceremony in Great Hall of Bullfinch's Faneuil Hall, Boston, beneath a vast painting of Daniel Webster debating the preservation of the Union with Robert Hayne of South Carolina.

Seeking the Four Freedoms Is as Important Today as It Was 74 Years Ago

David Woolner | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
David Woolner

Hillary Clinton's decision to hold the first major public rally of her campaign at Four Freedoms Park in New York City reminds us not only of the many challenges the United States has faced in the past, but also the many challenges we face today as we seek to build a better future for ourselves and for our children.

Hillary Clinton Speaks

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Clinton has been a polarizing figure throughout her career. In her Roosevelt Island speech, she portrayed herself as a fighter. But, ultimately, Clinton will have to be more publicly accountable for some of the legitimate questions that have been raised around her candidacy because they are not going away.

If You Like Social Security and Minimum Wage, Thank Frances Perkins

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Perkins, who died 50 years ago this month, is one of our nation's greatest heroines. Her remarkable life should inspire us to continue the battles she fought. Many of the issues she worked on -- including wage theft, discrimination against women workers and the rights of immigrant workers -- remain problems today. Anyone who fights for social justice stands on her shoulders.

Learning From Franklin Roosevelt: Trickle-Up Economics

Preeti Vissa | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

Roosevelt understood that people who feel they have an economic future and a sense of stability are more able to spend money and participate in our consumer-driven economy. That means more business and more profits for companies selling all sorts of goods and services. Sooner or later, even the CEOs benefit. Call it "trickle-up" economics.

The Case Against Political Dynasties in American Politics

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.07.2015 | 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?

A Century of Progress

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 06.06.2015 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

Ever hear of Oscar DePriest? He made history a hundred years ago Monday. Few today remember him, but a hundred years ago, on April 6, 1915, Oscar DePriest made history, becoming the first African-American elected alderman in Chicago.

Jerry Brown Perks Up On Presidential Politics 35 Years After One of His Best and Most Disastrous Speeches

William Bradley | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

After winning a landslide re-election as governor of California by a whopping 20 points, the 41-year old Brown set out to take down the president he'd beaten in a string of late presidential primaries in 1976.

Teddy Roosevelt's Jiu-Jitsu Skills and 5 Other Traits that Made US Presidents Better Leaders

Bob Rosen | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Bob Rosen

Ask business leaders what keeps them up at night, and often, they'll say they wonder what their legacy will be. U.S. presidents are no different. They all want to know how their actions will be remembered.

The Politics of Responsibility, Not Envy

Richard Kirsch | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

According to former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers -- who is emerging as a key economic advisor to Hillary Clinton -- the big political challenge in addressing economic inequality is not to embrace "a politics of envy." No, Mr. Summers, it's not the politics of envy. It's the politics of responsibility.

On the Anniversary of FDR's Birth, Read His 15 Greatest Quotes

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Jeryl Brunner

On January 30, 1882 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born at his parents' home in Hyde Park, New York. James and Sara's only child would ultimately gradu...

Mario Cuomo: The Greatness and the Fallacy

William Bradley | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

A beacon for enduring core liberal values in a not infrequently wintry era. Reagan made conservatism seem inevitable. Cuomo helped many remember that it wasn't necessarily so.

Mad About the '60s ... Goldfinger at 50 and Bond Beyond

William Bradley | Posted 01.03.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

There is no more quintessential product of 1960s movie culture than the James Bond franchise, and Goldfinger is the film that shot the series into the stratosphere of global entertainment.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 66: How Do We Make the Promise a Reality?

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

As this generation rises to power in public and private leadership roles, those at decision-making tables across the spectrum will have an opportunity to think critically about their own actions.

A Dem Who Can Explain That Fairness Is Prosperity Will Sweep in 2016

Richard Kirsch | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

The Democrat who champions bold policies to build an America that works for all of us, not just the wealthy, and policies that create broadly shared, sustainable prosperity, will triumph in 2016.

Veterans Day: The Mission Must Merit the Sacrifice

William Bradley | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama is far too smart a man to remain in denial. And far too smart not to know, for this Veterans Day, the consequences of his decisions with regard to U.S. military and covert interventions around the world.

Beyond Victory

Neil McCarthy | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Neil McCarthy

We appear now to be in a period of perpetually slender majorities.The American Congress is more or less split and will still be after this November's mid-terms, regardless of the technical outcome. Maybe it's not about victory... or policy... Maybe we need the "great innovation" that works regardless of division.

Our Court Needs More Supremes

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

What would having more Justices achieve? Ideally, a Court with a greater plurality of perspectives, a greater depth and breadth of experiences, backgrounds, value systems and approaches to their duties.

Bill Clinton Can Save Dems

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Because Clinton can act as both a star player for Democrats and a believable referee for voters, alone among national figures, he provides a major advantage to Democrats.

Children Need Champions Now More Than Ever

Bruce Lesley | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

While some might argue that declining investments in kids is the price we need to pay to reduce the federal deficit, the fact is that the American people disagree and believe it to be a false choice.

Roosevelt House: Saving the Past to Inspire the Future

Jennifer J. Raab | Posted 11.17.2014 | New York
Jennifer J. Raab

One of the locales Ken Burns used for shooting his outstanding PBS documentary "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" is a landmark townhouse on East 65th Street in the heart of Manhattan.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 3)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

We recently decided to have an extended email conversation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) in Faisal's home country of Iraq, being called an "Uncle Tom" by white people, the existence -- or non-existence -- of a "moderate" Islam, and the one key factor needed to bring about a true Islamic reformation.