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Lincoln, FDR, and the Power of the Well-Timed Vacation

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

It's the middle of summer, which means two things: all over the country people are going on vacation, and Washington, D.C. is a mess. Might part of the reason be that, while most people recognize the benefits of unplugging, recharging, and renewing in the summer, our politicians spend the season tethered to the same hamster wheel, including endless calls and events begging for money? The deficits we should be demanding that Washington focuses on are our leaders' deficits: energy, creativity, insight and wisdom. And summer is the perfect time to build up a surplus. I'm happy to see that President Obama will be taking a few weeks vacation in August. Maybe he can reserve some bipartisan bunk beds and take a few Republicans with him. We could certainly use a few masterpieces born of refueling.

There's Always Time for Empathy, Governor Christie

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

A grieving parent makes a respectful effort to initiate such change, or at least to establish a healthy dialogue, and they are reproached by a prominent politician for their "grandstanding."

A Fragile Union

William E. White | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
William E. White

The United States of America: we take the name of our nation for granted. From the perspective of nearly two and a half centuries of history, it appears obvious that we should be one country, bound together by constitutional principles, stretching from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans.

Bearing Witness to the Agony of Others

Marianne Williamson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

It's not very often that I see something on a corporate-owned American TV news channel and go, "Wow guys, that was great." But tonight I did. CNN deserves a huge bravo -- and a huge thank you -- for their special '60s episode about the war in Vietnam.

The Gnarly Psychology of Unnecessary War

Marianne Williamson | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

Nothing the government does now -- no action or non-action on its part -- will change the fundamental trajectory of national tragedy -- and I don't just mean Iraq's -- if we, the American people, do not wake up to what has happened here.

The Timeless Stories of Service and Sacrifice Continue at Gettysburg

Joanne Hanley | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Joanne Hanley

All of this and more has been accomplished so that this national treasure will be sustained for years to come -- ensuring that the soldiers who fought here "shall not have died in vain."

11 Public Figures Who Will Change How You Look At Anxiety Disorders

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living

Public figures in Hollywood are splashed across glossy pages as they take their kids to the store or go to the gym next to headlines like, "Stars! The...

Memorial Day Reminder of the Foolishness of War: 150 Years Ago Was Another Blood-Drenched Summer in the Civil War

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Memorial Day offers an annual remembrance of courage and sacrifice as well as the all-too-frequent foolish and counterproductive effusion of American blood. Most of the conflicts in which so many Americans died were fool's errands, wars which the U.S. should never have fought.

Change the Washington R@dsk!ns Name? What Might a 19th Century Bishop Say?

Gustav Niebuhr | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion
Gustav Niebuhr

Let's bring in a 19th Century voice whose advocacy on behalf of Native Americans makes him enduringly interesting--especially in light of the current controversy.

Why the Homestead Act Matters

Edward Headington | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics
Edward Headington

Fast forward just over fifteen decades and our thanks still go out to President Lincoln and the 37th U.S. Congress for working together to pass such far-sighted and impactful legislation -- in a time of war -- to do what was right for the nation. Perhaps we still have a much to learn from that bygone era.

Emerson's Advice to Millennials: With Perseverance Comes New Powers

Ryan Holiday | Posted 05.21.2014 | College
Ryan Holiday

Our generation needs to always remember that over a hundred years before us, people stood right where we were and felt very similar things, struggling with the same issues. People have always had to dig themselves out of messes they had nothing to do with creating.

Memo to Today's GOP: The Lasting Lesson of the Battle for Vicksburg

Mark Benoit | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
Mark Benoit

Today, the lessons of Vicksburg should be required study for those in the GOP. The rantings of modern conservative political leaders is shockingly similar in thought and theory to the secessionists of the 1800s.

150 Years Since Ulysses S. Grant's Superstition Won a War

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Hobratsch

The Overland campaign was one of the most decisive campaigns in American history on the 150th anniversary.

Confessions of a $20 Bill

John Blumenthal | Posted 06.09.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Thank you so much for giving me First Amendment rights, Antonin, you greedy, arrogant douchebag. Who said I wanted to speak? Nobody consulted me. All ...

Friday Talking Points -- Breaking News! Well... Not Really.

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans all patted themselves on the back this week for fixing their party's problems. No, really! It's been one year since their "autopsy" or "post-mortem" of the 2012 elections and the party's completely "fixed."

Lincoln's Bad Dream

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Schmock

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Conservatives: The Minimum Wage Is Socialism

Mike Lux | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Listening to conservatives at the CPAC conference last week is a remarkable experience. It might make you laugh, it might make you cry, or most likely both. It will probably give you a headache and raise your blood pressure if you listen too long, so do be careful.

Michael Calderone

Actually, Abe Lincoln Might Have Enjoyed Appearing On 'Between Two Ferns'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 03.12.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said Tuesday night that unlike President Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln wouldn't have appeared on "Between Two ...

My Incredible Experience With Ancestry.com

John Blumenthal | Posted 05.09.2014 | Fifty
John Blumenthal

Now that I'm over 50, I've become particularly curious about my lineage. I didn't much care about it when I was in my 20s, 30s or 40s but I now feel a strong urge to learn about my roots. Am I distantly related to Lincoln or Gandhi or Dickens or Attila the Hun? Okay, Attila the Hun might be a stretch.

Howard's Daily: The Evil in Investing in Litigation

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

The direct costs of sue-for-anything justice are only the tiny tip of a far larger cost--a pervasive fear of litigation has replaced a sense of freedom and spontaneity in social dealings. A tidal wave of defensiveness has washed over American culture.

A Tale of Two Fathers

Steven Knapp | Posted 04.21.2014 | College
Steven Knapp

Each year at this time we celebrate the births of two of our nation's greatest leaders, Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Call Me A Romantic, But I'm Not Through With Valentine's Day Just Yet!

David Kanegis | Posted 04.20.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

The sun has slowly set upon one of Hallmark's most profitable holidays. President's Day week has now arrived. There are no expectations laid on us for this celebration... we can be seen in public without a partner and not an eyebrow will be raised.

Presidents Day?

Adam Dubowsky | Posted 04.19.2014 | Comedy
Adam Dubowsky

It's Presidents Day! The day we celebrate our founding fathers the way they would've wanted -- by giving 10 percent off all appliances $397 or more at...

Presidents Day Woes: It's History, Not the Horse Race, That Matters

Joshua Zeitz | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Joshua Zeitz

Obama can take comfort in knowing that he's not the first occupant of the Executive Mansion whose legacy was written off prematurely. Abraham Lincoln, for one, had little cause to celebrate his birthday one hundred and fifty years ago.

Happy President's Day: 7 Politicians Who've Faced Gay Rumors

Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Throughout the course of American history, those involved in our country's political sphere have consistently faced rumors, speculation and scrutiny a...