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Newt Gingrich's New Clash of Civilizations

Philip Smucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Smucker

There is a new and disturbing trend towards Muslim bashing in the United States. If it continues apace it is likely to help stir up a real national "clash of civilizations."

Islamophobia Threatens Tea Party's Ties to Its Origins and Future

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

What is so striking about some of the modern Islamophobes who call themselves Patriots is how their actual views run completely afoul of our most celebrated founding fathers, whom they say they pattern themselves after.

America's Unwavering Passion for Ice Cream

Matthew Jacob | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Matthew Jacob

In 2006, more than 4.3 billion pounds of ice cream were consumed in the U.S. Clearly, ice cream matters, and it has always mattered in America.

Robots: The New York Times vs. WPTZ

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

From childhood, I have always regarded The New York Times as the world's greatest newspaper, and the leading source of reasonably objective information. Yet, there is something about it that has always bothered me.

10 Presidential Decisions That Changed History (PHOTOS)

Thomas J. Craughwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Thomas J. Craughwell

The list that follows spotlights ten presidential decisions that helped define who we are and shaped how we live now.

Islam, the Founding Fathers and the 4th of July

Frankie Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frankie Martin

In a country where feelings against Islam are precarious, the outlook of the Founding Fathers, who openly embraced Muslims, could not be more significant.

Wal-Mart's Civil War Battle Gets Bloodier

Al Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Al Norman

This week, the first shot in a long legal battle over a 138,000 square foot Wal-superstore near the Wilderness Civil War battlefield, a site of immense historic significance, has hit Wal-Mart -- but its just a superficial wound.

The Spirit Of America: Rye Whiskeys For The Fourth Of July, And Every Other Day

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tony Sachs

With July 4th at hand, it's time to pay tribute to those uniquely American inventions that have made this country great. Baseball. Jazz. Blue jeans...

The Afghan War and the Spirit of Jefferson

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

On this 4th of July weekend, with General Petraeus taking command in Afghanistan, what would Thomas Jefferson do? Would he see the massive military and nation building mission in Afghanistan as a wise and necessary course of action?

The Forgotten Battle Which Won The American Revolution

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Revolutionary War lasted a lot longer than most of us realize. Begun in 1775, the war didn't end for six long years, and wasn't fully resolved for another two. The Battle of the Chesapeake, in particular, deserves to be remembered.

George Washington -- the Teflon Founding Father?

John Ferling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Ferling

As a historian of the American Revolution, I have learned that to write about the Founders is guaranteed to get a lively response from general readers; to criticize them can be asking for trouble.

The Jig Is Up, Betsy Ross

Cristen Conger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cristen Conger

With the Fourth of July upon us, Americans thankfully have something do with all of those leftover flags we bought for the World Cup and wept into las...

'Dangerous Book For Boys' Author Conn Iggulden Talks To Stephen Colbert About New Book, 'The Dangerous Book Of Heroes' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Conn Iggulden, the author of the bestselling "Dangerous Book for Boys" is back with a new book, this one called "The Dangerous Book of Heroes." He sat...

Cory Booker Is 41 Years Old

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John R. Bohrer

Cory Booker has become cliche: Newark's Savior-in-Progress. An image that's been marching in place for the better part of a decade.

Borking Barak: Why the Right's Newest Attack on Kagan Is Wrong

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

This week, Republicans ramped up their newest attack on Elena Kagan: her praise in 2006 for Aharon Barak, Israel's former Chief Justice. This line of attack is as baseless as it is unsound.

George Washington Overdue Library Books: Fine Would Be $300,000

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK -- If George Washington were alive today, he might face a hefty overdue library fine. New York City's oldest library says one of its ledgers...

"Second Amendment Remedies"

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Republicans have two options: Denounce the ridiculous idea that there are "Second Amendment remedies" to questions of policy, or own up to their role as co-conspirators in the rising level of insurrectionist violence we see in our country.

President Washington Would Have Squashed Rick Barber Like a Grape

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

As every fifth-grader knows, our Founding Fathers rebelled against the British tea taxes primarily because the taxes were imposed upon the colonies without any representation in the British Parliament.

Were the Founding Fathers Alcoholics?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

I want to talk about how much the founding fathers drank. Quite a bit. Just think what would happen if a politician today drank anywhere near as much as they did at that Constitutional party.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the Messiah of Darkness

Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

The history of turning warlords like Hekmatyar to the good has consistently proven to be nothing but bad for the Afghan people It's not everyday tha...

Seder Talking Points: Seven Secrets of Passover

Bruce Feiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bruce Feiler

You, too, can be a seder know-it-all. Herewith are selected seder talking points to help you steer your Passover conversation away from the same tired jokes about matzah and constipation.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell If George Washington Was Gay

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Harvey Wasserman

Because he "could not tell a lie," a gay General Washington would have been obliged to turn himself in. Under current policy, Congress would have sent him packing back to Mt. Vernon.

State Dinner Menus of Eras Past: Aspic, Hot Dogs, and Boiled Mutton

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lesley M. M. Blume

The Kennedys tout the virtues of aspic, the Franklin Roosevelts scandalized the polite world with an entrée, and George Washington gave new meaning to the phrase "no frills."

Taylor Hubbard DEAD: GW Sophomore Dies After Fall From Dorm Window

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

George Washington University biomedical engineering sophomore Taylor Hubbard died Sunday after falling from fifth-floor dorm room window. He was 20. ...

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.