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The Politics of the Fourth of July From Musical Theatre

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

As we approach the celebration of America's 239th year of independence, Americans can learn about their revolutionary past from many sources, including an unexpected one: musical theatre.

Scalia's Gay Marriage Dissent Reveals a Bizarre Sense of Political Geography

William Bradley | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, leader of the opposition on the US Supreme Court to the legalization of same-sex marriage, revealed a bizarre sense of political geography in his bitter dissent to Friday's stunning 5-4 decision.

Thank You, Thomas Jefferson, for Making Our Marriage Possible

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Cyd Zeigler

In its ruling, the Supreme Court has finally granted access to Jefferson's promise from 239 years ago: the right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Women and People of Color Soon on U.S. Paper Currency?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Since the year 2020 marks the 100 year commemoration of the passage of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution granting women the vote, petition organizers argue that the time has long-since come for women to grace our currency, especially our paper bills.

Reading the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution Should be Annual Events

Byron Williams | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Byron Williams

Everyone should be familiar with the unedited version of the Declaration of Independence for it illustrates the struggle the Founders had with the original sin of slavery.

Ryan Grim

Anti-Slavery Hamilton Gets Pushed Off $10 Bill, While Genocidal Slaver Jackson Stays On The $20

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

Pollitt's Law, formulated by The Nation's longtime columnist Katha Pollitt, says outsiders gain access to a field only when it loses prestige. Now tha...

On the Trail of the Somerton Man

Derek Abbott | Posted 06.05.2015 | Science
Derek Abbott

Was he poisoned or did he die accidentally? Why were the labels removed from his clothes? Was he a secret agent or a jilted lover? Intriguingly, a slip of paper was found in one of his pockets with the printed words "Tamám Shud," meaning "ended" or "finished" in Persian.

Jefferson's Canons of Conduct

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 06.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Halamandaris

In 1825, Jefferson sent his grandson a letter, listing a "Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life." To mark his birthday, Jefferson's canons of conduct are copied here...

What Can the C-Suite Learn From Thomas Jefferson?

Jeffrey Hayzlett | Posted 06.13.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Hayzlett

Like many historic leaders, Thomas Jefferson was a man who didn't fit into a specific mold. He was considered to be a visionary, often going against the grain in order to achieve the greater good.

5 Facts About Thomas Jefferson's Faith

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.13.2015 | Religion

Thomas Jefferson was a staunch supporter of religious liberty, but his quest to make sure church and state stayed separate in American politics earned...

Lessons from Thomas Jefferson for Bobby Jindal: Don't Use Religion to Support State-Sponsored Discrimination

Daniel O'Donnell | Posted 06.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Daniel O'Donnell

Jefferson recognized that in a country as diverse as ours, allowing the religious beliefs of some to dictate the fundamental rights of others would be destructive to our nation's foundations of liberty and equality.

Top 25 Things to Do in Northern Virginia

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 06.08.2015 | 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,

Corporations Are Becoming People Too!

Byron Williams | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Byron Williams

The First Amendment undergirds the nation's utopian quest for "A more perfect Union." A beacon of light since 1787, it is the supreme testament to the nation's commitment to individual liberty, but that has changed over the past several years.

The Case Against Political Dynasties in American Politics

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.07.2015 | 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?

Virginia Gentlewomen

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.06.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The daughter of a free white man and an enslaved black woman, she sued for her freedom. Through petition, her case was sent to the Virginia General Assembly and she was freed in 1656.

Anna Deavere Smith on the 44th Jefferson Lecture and the Search for American Character

Greg Archer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Greg Archer

Humanities, the arts, words, culture, character, the language that people really speak when they speak to each other -- oh, these are creatively deep waters for somebody like Anna Deavere Smith to swim through.

Are Newspapers on the Ropes?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.07.2015 | Business
William B. Bradshaw

There is no question about it: most newspapers in the United States are on the ropes. They are not yet down and out, but they are close to that knockout blow. I know this, as most of you readers do, from personal experience.

I'm With Stupid: How to Make Sure You're Buying a Christian Potato

Todd Hartley | Posted 04.29.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I'm not sure what "Christian principles" the committee is referring to, but when it comes to the collected works and thoughts of Madison and Jefferson, I move that we go with the Bill of Rights over some nebulous, assumed principles. But that's just me.

Founding Fathers: We Are Not a Christian Nation

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

As we witness yet again the brutal and bloody consequences of religious intolerance in the form of ISIS, we have a majority of Republicans pining for a Christian America. Proponents of converting the United States into a theocracy do not see the terrible parallel between religious excess in the Middle East and here at home.

Equal Opportunity and the Future of Our Nation

Bruce Lesley | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

We can and must do better. And, now is our chance to do so because, at all levels of government, decisions about education funding levels, equity, teacher quality, class size, student supports and technology are being made right now.

Personal Heroes

Marcia Liss | Posted 04.02.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Mandatory Questions for the 2016 Election

William S. Becker | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
William S. Becker

None of the candidates in the last presidential election said much about climate change or the clean energy imperative, not even Barack Obama. We cannot allow that to happen again. The media, the Commission on Presidential Debates, young people and voters at large need to nail down every candidate this time on what he or she would do about these two urgent issues.

I'll Vote for That

Katharine Rose | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Katharine Rose

The mere idea that members of Congress should be required to take annual ethics training speaks volumes about how far we have strayed from our founders' values, but may be necessary as a first step toward restoring decency and respectability in our nation's capital.

Nothing Is Sacred

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Neither public servants nor clergy nor holy books nor heroes are infallible. Battling obscurantism does not mean we are saints of any kind. It means we will not accept a tyrant's bogus paradise, and are free to form our own words and images and make up our own minds.

Searching for the American Dream

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Steven M. Gillon

It is very likely that generations coming of age today will abandon -- out of choice or necessity -- the Dream of consumption and replace it with their own definition. The Dream is evolving, not dying.