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How 'His Highness' George Washington Became 'Mr. President'

Harlow Giles Unger | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Harlow Giles Unger

On February 22, 1789, George Washington won a unanimous election as his nation's first president -- indeed, the first popularly elected president in world history. His election, however, presented him and the rest of the nation with an unexpected problem... no one knew what to call him.

Missing From Presidents Day: The People They Enslaved

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

t may be uncomfortable to give up long-held and even meaningful beliefs that in many ways build both collective and personal identities. However, erasing enslaved African Americans from the White House and the presidency presents a false portrait of our country's history.

The Dangers When a President Writes His Own Laws

Harlow Giles Unger | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Harlow Giles Unger

The Constitution did not give the president power to issue executive orders. Congress and the Supreme Court should and must curtail or abolish the president's use -- and abuse -- of such orders before he or a successor misuses it to transform himself from an imperial president into emperor.

5 Things To Know About Executive Orders

AP | NANCY BENAC | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has a new go-it-alone strategy: When Congress blocks his way, the president says he plans to act on his own...

Hundreds Relive Crucial Washington Revolutionary War Ride

Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON CROSSING, N.J. (AP) — George Washington has made his annual Christmas Day ride across the Delaware River. W...

Tyranny of the Minority

Terry Newell | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

Watching interest group politics in America recalls what Gerald Ford said after Nixon resigned - that the time is one which "troubles our minds and hu...

The Revelation at Sinai Was Real

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Many religious systems have borrowed various concepts from Judaism -- from Sabbath observance to dietary laws to moral code. If it is so easy to scam the masses, why wouldn't they borrow our revelation narrative?

Stepping Out Gracefully, Without Stepping in It -- How About Mandela?

Juliet Asante | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Juliet Asante

Stepping out gracefully, without stepping in was one of the themes at the Aspen gathering this year. I remember sitting in the room and taking it all ...

On Leadership: From Washington to Mandela

Jana Novak | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Jana Novak

It is not that both were not ambitious men who aspired to power -- they both certainly were. It is that they both were leaders who understood that, as Voltaire said, with great power comes great responsibility.

U.S. History 101: The Drinkable Version

Anneli Rufus | Posted 01.26.2014 | Taste
Anneli Rufus

Just as it has done with yogurt and deities, this nation has transformed alcoholic beverages invented elsewhere into diehard American classics.

The True Patriots in Congress Trying to End NSA Tyranny

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Good old George can stop spinning in his grave. Yes, our most heroic general and inspiring president, who warned us in his farewell address "to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." It's an alert that's been ignored in the nation's hysterical reaction to the attacks of 9/11.

The Buck Stops Here, Mr. President

Harlow Giles Unger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Harlow Giles Unger

The Constitution is clear: the president must "take care that the laws be faithfully executed," and when our first president, George Washington, took office he imposed a strict rule that "whatever is required" of his subordinates "be punctually complied with."

VIDEO: Who Was George Washington?

Scott Bateman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Scott Bateman

Very little is known about the Father of His Country, George Washington. But Disalmanac has the shocking fact-like facts about the man who led the U.S. to independence!

America's Amoral Constitution

Richard Albert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard Albert

Today the United States Constitution may have fewer imitators than ever before. The influence abroad of the Constitution has declined dramatically since its bicentennial in 1976.

Remembering Greatness on Capitol Hill

Ladan Rafii | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Ladan Rafii

It really is an honor and privilege to be there, and such a pleasure too. So why can't it be a harmonious environment instead of a place of rancor, infighting and dysfunction, as revealed to the entire world during the recent shutdown?

Sgt. Chuck Hagel Still: Talking with the Defense Secretary

Steve Clemons | Posted 12.12.2013 | Politics
Steve Clemons

While Hagel clearly has his views of the world informed in part by a lifetime as a card-carrying Republican, he has shown himself to be the 'quiet do-er,' just getting things done.

Great Nations Pay Their Bills

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Today's debate may be polarized, but no one seriously expects half the nation to secede because of it. And yet, in the early days of the American experiment, that's how controversial the national debt was.

Library Dedicated To Washington Opens

AP | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

MOUNT VERNON, Va. -- After years of planning and a $100 million fundraising campaign, George Washington's Mount Vernon estate is formally opening a ne...

How Would America's Founding Fathers React to Syria?

Craig Considine | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics
Craig Considine

Arguably, by intervening in Syria's civil war, President Obama is ignoring Washington's advice and repeating the mistakes of the Bush administration in aggressively invading foreign countries that pose little threat to the direct security of American citizens.

Why We Fought the Civil War: Reading Thomas Fleming's A Disease of the Public Mind

Warren Adler | Posted 10.27.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

Fleming clearly reiterates the point that from our beginnings as a nation we have been plagued by the moral dilemma posed by the entrenched and repugnant institution of slavery.

PHOTOS: D.C. Museum Features Weird History

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 08.14.2013 | Travel

WASHINGTON -- There aren't many places where you can see George Washington's hair, a stone from Joan of Arc's dungeon and a fence rail split by Abraha...

Founding Teenagers: How Old Were They on July 4, 1776?

Todd Andrlik | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Todd Andrlik

It's a simple question -- perhaps so basic that it's been overlooked. How old were the key participants of the American Revolution?

Henry Louis Gates' Next PBS Documentary

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 10.07.2013 | Black Voices

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — After a tragedy like the Trayvon Martin killing, calls routinely arise for a conversation about race.But Henry Louis Gat...

Who, What, Where, Why and How

Lisa Longo | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

We hear so much about the Founding Fathers and how we should adhere to their "vision" of America. I decided it was time to find out a few facts about what these Founding Fathers actually thought.

Fostering Civic Virtue

Terry Newell | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Terry Newell

In his Farewell Address, George Washington announced that he would leave the presidency after two terms. He spent the opening paragraphs justifying hi...