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Unfortunately, Anger Works

Dave Helfert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Helfert

If its horror can lead us to constructive change in ourselves and our society, a glimmer of silver lining might yet emerge from the attempted political assassination in Arizona.

Double Congress's Pay

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

We must separate our ire at the Congress of the moment from the nobility of the legislative task performed by the people we choose, and demand that congressional pay be doubled -- at least.

The F Word: Constitutional Lessons For the New Congress

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The Republican lawmakers who read the Constitution out loud as their very first act in the new Congress better bask in their Tea Party glow -- because they're not going to feel the love from Constitutional scholars.

Richard Holbrooke: A Self-Described "Idealistic Realist, or Realistic Idealist"

Andrew Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Rosen

Historically, lead diplomats have adhered to one school of thought -- I wanted to understand why Richard Holbrooke was different.

Movie Review: The King's Speech

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If The King's Speech isn't the year's best film, it's floating up there in the top 10, somewhere in the top five. It may even be the best. Traditiona...

Obama Will Award Presidential Medal to NRDC Founder John Adams

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

In order to grasp all that John has accomplished, you have to remember what America was like 40 years ago -- raw sewage floated through cities and waterways were so polluted they caught on fire.

Putting It All on the Line for the Environment

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with www.TheGreenGrok.com.John and Patricia Adams, the founders of NRDC, came to Duke this week. In the late 1960s, the American environme...

How Many Tea Partiers Does It Take to Screw Up a Light Bulb?

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

It's hard to believe that legislating energy-efficient light bulbs could bring up so much raw emotion.

DANCE: Diavolo At Hollywood Bowl, A Review

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Since its formation in 1992, the Diavolo ensemble has used portable architectural units to create movement theater about our relationship to an unstab...

Voters Support Clean Energy and Climate Solutions

Peter Lehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Lehner

Yesterday, American voters made plain their anger over the economy and their frustration with the party in power. But they often did something else: they supported clean energy where they could.

Triple Threat Friday: Conversations with BoDeans, Bleu and The Chapin Sisters

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Kurt Neumann and Sam Llanas of BoDeans talk their new album, the band's early days, and why their six-year break was a dark period.

Jill Lepore: Tea Party Time... and the Death of Compassion (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

There's more religion than politics in the 2010 Tea Party, Jill Lepore is saying. There's less of 1776 about it than of 1976 -- that dyspeptic post-Vietnam, post-Watergate bicentennial moment.

Atheist House Candidate Up Against Pillar of Prayer Caucus

Barrett Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barrett Brown

There are probably a great many atheists and agnostics in Congress, and most of those keep their religious opinions secret; polls routinely show that atheists are mistrusted more than any other group.

The Force That Fights Deep-Pocketed Polluters and Wins

Robert Redford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Redford

The oil and gas industry poured $174 million into the political system in 2009. When one dirty industry can purchase that much influence, who will step into the ring for average Americans?

Treacherous Politics

James Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Miller

Anyone who has read Founding Brothers, or any other great read about the men who founded this country, can't help but be blown away by how different p...

Obama's Book List: What Has The President Read So Far?

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

With the Obama family vacation just around the corner, we'd like to offer a refresher to anyone who is behind on their Barack Obama reading list. When...

Eureka! Science Belongs On Stage

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

Science is built for the stage. The very act of scientific discovery is one of the most dramatic in the human experience. Dramatic because it changes everything.

Bold New World: Reflections on Netroots Nation 2010

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Beware the myth of the monolith -- we netroots activists come from all walks of American life to do the hard work of creating harmony from cacophony in a tradition as patriotic as our country's motto, E Pluribus Unum.

I Am Love: The Movie, the Music

Matt Budd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Matt Budd

Luca Guadagnino's I Am Love is one of my favorite films of the year, and perhaps, of the last few years. When I left the theater I felt elated and uplifted and really moved.

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.

The Women's Deliberation Movement

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

In this era, we can no longer afford for deliberation, defined as "leisureliness of movement or action; slowness" to define us as women.

Private Faith in Public Life

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

We really need to stop this ridiculous argument about being a Christian nation. If there should be any doubt, let us listen to the founding fathers themselves.

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?

This Fourth of July, Celebrate 1776 -- The Movie

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

1776 is a reminder that the embrace of the status quo in the face of revolutionary ideas is nothing new. Nor is bloody legislative compromise or our ongoing frustration over a Congress mired in petty squabbling.

What Price for Freedom?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We must earn our right to be American. The bottom line is that we owe it to those who have put their lives on the line for our freedoms to make our citizenship count for something.