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LOOK: Presidents Day Showdown: Washington vs. Lincoln

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business

What better way to celebrate Presidents Day than by taking a closer look at two of America's most treasured leaders. You might see their faces almo...

America’s 10 Richest Presidents

24/7 Wall St. | Mike Sauter | Posted 02.18.2013 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Three years ago, 24/7 Wall St. published the net worth of every American president, from Washington to Obama. We have updated our ...

George Washington's Christian (?) Faith

Darrin Grinder | Posted 04.20.2013 | Religion
Darrin Grinder

Many of today's Christians would argue that a Christian is one who "accepts Jesus as a personal savior," and for that there is absolutely no evidence in Washington's life.

Presidents Day and Purim

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Presidents Day rarely falls in the same week as Purim, and it won't again for almost 40 years (in 2051 -- take my word for it). But these two seemingly disparate holidays have much in common.

New Presidential Library Opening This Year

AP | By MATTHEW BARAKAT | Posted 02.15.2013 | Books

MOUNT VERNON, Va. -- George Washington's 1796 farewell address contained a stern warning to the nation about partisan politics, or the "dangers of fac...

The Best Presidential Love Letters

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

Did you know that many of our most iconic commanders-in-chief were also hopeless romantics? In the presidential archives, love letters abound. From...

Barack Obama and the Transformation of American Democracy

Glen Browder | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

Whether or not Barack Obama realizes his transformational mission and becomes a great president depends not only on obvious challenges of everyday politics but how he deals with the uncertain future of American democracy.

PHOTOS: You'll Never Believe What These Presidents Kept As Pets

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 02.03.2014 | DC

The sad passing of George W. Bush's Scottish terrier Barney last week got us thinking about the many animals who have kept company with the country's ...

Martin Luther King Day Could Have Been Michael Luther Branham Day

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

In the 10-15 years following Emancipation, there was some experimentation with surnames, so it's not unusual to find a family with one name in the 1870 census and an entirely different one in the 1880.

An Unlikely Connection?

Craig Considine | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Muhammad and Washington were gentlemen of the highest degree. This is no more evident than in the connection between them in the Holy Quran and "Rules of Civility."

Make a Stronger Case for Your Cause by Being Civil and Well-Informed

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 03.11.2013 | College
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

How can we elevate the discourse? We can commit to forming opinions steeped in experience and knowledge, as well as maintaining an openness to explore and respect all sides of an issue.

A New Second Amendment

Norm Stamper | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Norm Stamper

The Second Amendment was apt for its day, a shrewd mix of freedom ("the right to keep and bear arms") and duty (the "well-regulated militia" clause). But it was meant for the realities of American life over two centuries ago.

You'll Never Guess The Hot New Auction Trend...

ARTINFO | Posted 02.17.2013 | Arts

Chances are, no one is going to sell you George Washington's bones, but if you are intent on owning a bit of the first U.S. president, locks of his ha...

D.C. Launches Inauguration Website

Posted 12.07.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The new District of Columbia’s 2013 Presidential Inauguration website promises all kinds of useful information for the 500,000 to 800...

I'm Having a Physical Fitness Fit

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 02.02.2013 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

I hate exercise! There is nothing about being hot, exhausted and in pain that appeals to me. The most active thing I did this week was struggle to rip open a bag of Oreos.

Pardoned Turkeys Often Have 'Short Retirements'

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.20.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, President Obama is scheduled to pardon one of two 19-week-old, Virginia-raised, 40-pound male turkeys, otherwise known as ...

Election 2012 Aftermath: How About a Code of Conduct for Elected Officials?

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Let's hope that the dismal and negative rhetoric of the campaign is behind us and President Obama will use his leadership mandate to usher in a new era of civility in politics.

Predicting Who Will Be a Good President

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Using historical data, we can identify what experience is most important in hiring a new president. While there are no perfectly objective ways to measure presidential quality, it is fair to say that historians' estimates will certainly succeed at separating the George Washingtons from the Franklin Pierces.

Romney Willing to Win Without Honor

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

What Americans want is a president like George Washington. Mitt Romney, by contrast, has shown he's willing to win without honor. He doesn't seem to know Americans won't elect a candidate they believe lacks nobility.

Election Shocker: Chicago Voters Denied Rights

Mark Steinberg | Posted 12.23.2012 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

The importance of the volunteers cannot be overstated. In particular, their familiarity with the quirks of Chicago's antiquated voting machines enabled confused voters to do what they had come to do.

USA: A Meme-oir, Part One

Stanley Bing | Posted 12.22.2012 | Comedy
Stanley Bing

At the dawn of U.S. history, little George Washington cut down a cherry tree and refused to lie about it. Except he didn't. Actually, very little is known about the father of our country, because he did his best to avoid generating memes.

Dining In 1799 At Mount Vernon

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 12.18.2012 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

The house is a microcosm of early American history. The portrait of Louis the XVI in the dining room reminds you of the pivotal role he played in financing the American revolution.

Does Obama Need to Really "Want It" to Be a Good Leader?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

There's a reason the current president promised to be "no-drama Obama." It's a promise he's delivered on, and that has served the country well. Those who want to know what a re-elected Obama is likely to do should not be distracted by his underwhelming recent performances. They should look back at his first-term record and note how consistent it is with his pragmatic and moderate personal character: an effective, but ultimately modest, balanced stimulus that's helped turn the economy around; the achievement, at long-last, of near-universal healthcare using an idea originating in conservative circles; the comeback of that emblem of American capitalism, the auto industry; winding down two wars and killing al Qaeda's leader in a bold but limited strike that deployed smart power rather than chest-thumping militarism; advancing and protecting reproductive and LGBT rights.

Eat Cheese Mousse To Honor Marquis de Lafayette

Posted 10.01.2012 | DC

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Major General Gilbert Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, who left France in 1777 to join the American Revolution, visited Alexandria on ...

Was Obama Channeling George Washington at the UN?

Willard Sterne Randall | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Willard Sterne Randall

To the delegates of countries nervous about Americans' expectations of ever-progressing democracy in the aftermath of last year's Arab Spring, President Obama was echoing, in so many words, what Washington declaimed when he called for respect for every religion.