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The Nine Secret Cities of Newport, R.I.

Peter Mandel | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Getting to know Newport, Rhode Island, is -- how should I put this? -- just a bit different from touring around other famous resorts. You were thinking a quick walk-through of The Breakers or another summer mansion? Think again.

Birth of a Lion and the Great American Bildungsroman

Mario Tenaglia | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts
Mario Tenaglia

I was in Philadelphia all day on Saturday. I went to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in the morning, the Italian Markets, Reading Terminal, the Barnes Foundation, and Chinatown in the afternoon, and saw The Lion King at the Academy of Music in the evening. It was, in short, an absolutely incredible day.

Was George Washington Gay? Consider the Evidence

Thomas A. Foster | Posted 04.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Thomas A. Foster

Historians of the LGBTQ past have noted that there is double-standard, a default setting for the sexual orientations of historical figures. Larry Kramer seeks to tackle it head-on with his book. His provocative statements will convince some and irk others.

Top 25 Things to Do in Northern Virginia

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 04.13.2015 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

It's almost 1 a.m. on a Thursday night in March and Sally Struthers has us all in stitches. She's midway through an eight week stint in the musical 9 To 5 at the Riverside Center Dinner Theater in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and if this evening is any indication,

Saluting Muslim American Patriots

Craig Considine | Posted 04.10.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The Muslim Americans who have served in the U.S. military are an important reminder that Americans are not bound by religion, but by values that extend beyond their ethnic and racial backgrounds.

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?

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Angie Harmon Understands the Power of Walking in Your Ancestors Footsteps

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

This Sunday on Who Do You Think You Are? (March 22, 2015 at 10/9c on TLC), Angie Harmon -- who always thought she was Greek, Irish and Native American -- makes some surprising discoveries about the Harmon branch of her family tree.

What Would George Washington Do?

Barry Kibrick | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Barry Kibrick

It is not the first time our nation has felt that we were headed in the wrong direction. In fact, the father of our country, George Washington, at one time also felt very disappointed in the direction of our newly-formed nation and was not afraid to state it.

Boehner Makes Republicans 'Tools and Dupes' of Netanyahu's Election Campaign

David Miles | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
David Miles

Netanyahu's speech may be evidence of hubris run amok on his part, but it is also a vivid illustration of the pervasive and destructive rise of partisanship in American politics over the last few decades.

Great African-Americans in Wax

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.25.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, Maryland honors African-American heroes and heroines. Match the following heroines with her accomplishment.

Venomous American Politics Shows World Our Weaknesses

David Oualaalou | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Step back and calmly contemplate the state of our great nation. Does anyone see anything beyond the confusion, disillusionment and ambiguity?

The Case for 'American' American History

Louise Mirrer | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

We must make sure that Americans honor their differences, but also know that they have a shared history -- a history that is the indispensable basis for an inclusive, tolerant society.

Pax Americana at Presidents' Day: How Go Our Wars? (And How Many Are There, Anyway?)

William Bradley | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Even before American hegemony emerged after World War II, birthday boy George Washington's Farewell Address admonition to avoid "permanent alliances" and focus on neutrality had long since been ignored. Now we have a worldwide web of alliances, mostly of our own instigation, and involvement in a whole host of wars.

For Maryland's New Governor, Some Old Business

Ken Blackwell | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

Many visitors to Maryland's historic Old State House are eager to see the Senate Chamber where Gen. George Washington resigned his commission to the Congress, meeting there in December, 1783.

South Carolina Belles

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.07.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

In this blog, we'll learn about the contributions to our culture and economy from women with ties to South Carolina. Match the woman with her accomplishment.

A Christmas Story Every American Should Read

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 02.17.2015 | Books
Cari E. Guittard

This story is small but powerful and its lessons timeless. If only every elected official in D.C. and across the country would read this over the holiday break perhaps we might inspire the seeds of a new kind of leadership this spring. One can only hope.

4 Celebrities Named for 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 02.15.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

It won't be long until genealogy fans and history buffs can get another hit of watching celebrities time travel to their roots. TLC's next season of...

Obama's Executive Orders: Can We Talk?

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

As Washington leaders charge headlong into a clash over President Obama's plan to issue executive orders on immigration, can we take a minute and talk about what executive orders are?

The Presidents of Mount Rushmore: Could Any of Them Win the Election Today?

Gerry Myers | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Who do you think Doane Robinson would have chosen for "Mount Rushmore" if it were being sculpted today? Do you think there are other presidents who are Mount Rushmore worthy?

Girl Crushed She Can't Meet George Washington, Says Obama Won't Do

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents

It might be a given that men born in the 18th century aren't currently available for meet and greets, but it was news for little Ava, who apparently h...

A People's Holiday of the United States

John K. Herr | Posted 12.15.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

President Obama today thanked the American people for "standing up to oppression" by protesting the Columbus Day holiday. He vowed to take aggressive action to "right the wrongs of our current outmoded holiday calendar" as we "embark on a new era of fairness and equality."

When Excellent Sheep Grow Up

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 12.15.2014 | Books
Aaron Zelinsky

Many have identified the weaknesses in Deresiewicz's jeremiad. In his forthcoming novel, Supreme Ambitions, David Lat, founder of the legal blog Above the Law, takes a different approach. What happens, he asks, to all those excellent sheep after graduation? His answer won't surprise many: The sheep get herded to law school.

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.

Scary Times Call For a Great President: Paul Krugman's Defense of Obama

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

Contrary to conventional wisdom, and many polls, Barack Obama is exactly the right kind of pragmatic leader we need to have as President in these scary times. His steadfastness steered the country through the worst recession since the 1930s.

Growing up a "Patriot"?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Let me thank my classmates, teachers, and Valley Forge for having educated me to be still that Patriot even as America and the globe around us changes.