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More Security Databases Won't Make Us Safer

Nick Micinski | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Nick Micinski

The xenophobic bill passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday is policymaking by committee of the worst kind. It creates additional bottlenecks at the top of our security agencies and reeks of nationalistic politics, all while stoking an irrational fear of Iraqis and Syrians.

Those Teachable Moments in a Standardized World

Jacob Stewart | Posted 11.24.2015 | Education
Jacob Stewart

They say there's no such thing as a stupid question. 'They' have clearly never been a middle school teacher.

I'm Grateful the United States Let Us In

Geoff Livingston | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Geoff Livingston

Thank you to all of our ancestors, those that left their homes for a better life in America and those that embraced the refugees of yesteryear, helping them find their way. I am grateful for what you built. I hope this generation continues those principles.

Letter For Ted Cruz: On Behalf Of My Generation

Jonah Bryson | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Jonah Bryson

I have devoted much of my time and passion to the world we live in. What I find especially disappointing is that climate change doesn't appear to be a concern of yours -- and on behalf of my generation, I am writing you this letter to ask why and urge you to reconsider.

Five Ways the JFK Assassination Changed the World

Garry Rodgers | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Garry Rodgers

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, 52 years ago. JFK's murder on November 22, 1963, might be the most significant, singular event that shaped modern history.

America Cancels Thanksgiving as Trump and Carson Still Lead in Republican Presidential Polls

Flora Nicholas | Posted 11.20.2015 | Comedy
Flora Nicholas

For the first time ever, The United States of America canceled one of the most revered federal holidays on the nation's calendar -- the annual stuff your face with turkey, get totally drunk and spend the evening belching and farting fest, known by its more traditional name of "Thanksgiving."

United States Runs Out of Outrage, Starts Borrowing From China and Japan

Spencer Green | Posted 11.19.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

The United States has officially exhausted its supply of outrage and will begin borrowing massive amounts from China and Japan. "The Treasury has been using emergency measures for quite some time to conserve our ever-dwindling resources but, obviously, it wasn't enough," said Florence Didyall, Secretary of Moral Indignation.

The Worst Are Full of Passionate Intensity

Michael Benson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Michael Benson

If the events in Richmond, Kentucky, and Paris, France, have served any purpose for those who have witnessed them, it is to compel all of us to remember the words of Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Islam, Republicans and the Far Right

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

What makes the Republicans discourse' on Islam and the Muslim world dangerous is that it is disseminated through a wide and powerful network of media outlets and rightwing think tanks then consumed by a public with no direct contact or firsthand knowledge of the Muslim world.

Turning Away Syrian Refugees is Exactly What ISIS Wants

Jesse Andreozzi | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Jesse Andreozzi

Refusing Syrian refugees sanctuary in America appears to be a lose-lose situation for both the American and Syrian people. It isn't out of the realm of possibility to imagine a scenario where a refugee uses the devastation of being turned away to exact revenge against the U.S. by joining ISIS.

In Venezuela's Upcoming Election, U.S. Seeks Observers it Can Influence

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Mark Weisbrot

Just as big fish eat little fish and lions prey on antelope, so there is no moral shame in the U.S. government trying to undermine, destabilize or get rid of democratically elected governments that it doesn't like.

Why Have Past Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Failed?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Whereas Israel enjoys a preponderance of military and economic power and negotiates from a position of strength, the Palestinians are living under occupation with a limited ability to challenge Israel.

20 Distinct Regional American Accents, Ranked

Thrillist | Posted 11.19.2015 | Travel

By: Megan Frye Credit: Jennifer Bui/Thrillist From sea to shining sea, the United States is one of the most culturally diverse countries on th...

Je Suis Human: Thoughts About Suffering, Humanity, and Paris

Antione Gray | Posted 11.16.2015 | College
Antione Gray

As we all ‪#‎PrayForParis‬ and apply Facebook filters to our profile pictures, we cannot turn a blind eye to human suffering around the world just because "those people" are not "us."

Tommy Mottola: HBO’s ‘The Latin Explosion’ Is For Americans Who ‘Still Don’t Get' The Power Of Latinos

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 11.16.2015 | Latino Voices

NEW YORK -- Tommy Mottola remembers a childhood filled with the lively rhythms of Latin music, hearing it trickle out of houses and shops in his neigh...

U.S. Citizenship: Does it Even Matter?

Michael Wildes | Posted 11.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Michael Wildes

Some people acquire U.S. citizenship immediately at birth, for others, U.S. citizenship is conferred later in life. Regardless of how it is acquired, there are very fundamental reasons why a person would want to be recognized as a U.S. citizen.

Tonight's Debate: We Need to Talk About Mass Incarceration

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 11.14.2015 | Politics
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

When it comes to criminal justice, the nation is at a crossroads. There is widespread agreement that too many are in prison for too long. Saturday night would be an ideal time for one of the candidates to begin demonstrating leadership on this issue.

How I Got There: Eliska Coolidge

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Lan Anh Vu

Eliska Coolidge built a remarkable career in the United States. She served as Director of the White House Office of Presidential Messages which she established in 1964 and as Special Assistant to five U.S. Presidents for eighteen years, from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan.

The US and Iran's Common Interests in Syria

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen cannot be resolved unless Iran is at the negotiating table.

8 Things the East Coast Doesn't Understand About the West Coast

Thrillist | Posted 11.10.2015 | Travel

By: Daisy Barringer Credit: Flickr/Adam Baker (edited) Whether they've been here or not, East Coasters tend to have pretty strong opinions about wh...

Chalabi's Final Victory in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It says a lot about man's record in life, that within hours of his death he is widely proclaimed to have shifted the course of history, even though he was never a head of state.

Redefining Racism In the 21st Century

Rinku Sen | Posted 11.06.2015 | Impact
Rinku Sen

Expanding our definition of racism to recognize this unconscious form means that we have to change the question we're asking from "who's the racist?" to "what is causing racial inequity?"

Afghans Searching for a Leader

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 11.06.2015 | World
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

During the last 14 years, we had everything but a leader. To secure the achievements and overcome the massive challenges, it's the right time to review quickly the unprecedented achievements of the last fourteen years as well as the challenges that remain and lie ahead.

Give $500K Back to Vets With a Hashtag: Here's How...

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.06.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, I'm a big supporter of veterans, military families, and the orgs that support 'em. As Veterans Day approaches, the Bob Woodruff Foundation announ...

The Movement Is in Motion: Paid Family Leave in the United States

Regan Long | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Regan Long

Why is the United States the only developed nation without guaranteed paid family leave? U.S. law provides meager supports to enable workers to fulfill their work and family obligations, leaving matters large up to an employers' generosity. This approach doesn't work.