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'Murder 101' A Talk With Faye Kellerman

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Faye Kellerman is the bestselling author of 26 novels, 22 of which feature the husband and wife team of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. Murder 101 is the twenty-second Decker-Lazarus novel.

Putdowns Can Be a Sharp Weapon During Political Campaigns

Christopher Lamb | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Christopher Lamb

As we suffer through another insufferable campaign season of attack ads and mindless chatter, let's remember some of the best political putdowns in U.S. history.

The Real Hero of the American Story

Peter Sims | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
Peter Sims

We spend a lot of time talking about and waiting for a hero to save America -- the next Abe Lincoln or Teddy Roosevelt. That's rubbish. The real heroes in America can be found everywhere, right under our noses.

The Spirit That Drove Us to Civil War Is Back

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

It's like facial recognition technology: if the features match up, you conclude, "It's the same guy." So it is with the match between the force that drove us to Civil War more than a century and a half ago, and the force that has taken over the Republican Party in our times.

Dearly Beloved: 100 Years Ago the Last Passenger Pigeon Died

Jarid Manos | Posted 09.02.2014 | Black Voices
Jarid Manos

A hundred years ago, Martha died. At 1 p.m. on September 1, 1914, the last individual of a wild blue dove whose flocks once numbered billions and blackened the American skies for days fell over dead in her Cincinnati zoo cage.

The Myth of a Post-Racial America

Tré Easton | Posted 08.28.2014 | Black Voices
Tré Easton

The election of Barack Obama was the Lexington and Concord in the latest great battle of race in America. We are a nation at war with itself. For all of our desire to move beyond the narrow confines of many of the events of our tragic history, we cannot. The president's election gave new life to what had been lying dangerously dormant for the better part of 50 years.

Much More Than Cheeseheads -- Amazing Wisconsin Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 08.28.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

My trip to Milwaukee got me thinking about women associated with Wisconsin and their contributions to advancing the culture and economy of the U.S. As you might guess, these contributions are significant and quite varied.

Overcoming Failure and Disappointment

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 08.15.2014 | Good News
William B. Bradshaw

Abraham Lincoln did not let failure or defeat stand in his way. He continued to try again.

America: Dumb and Dumber

William E. White | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
William E. White

We blame teachers and schools, but in truth, the cause of American ignorance and stupidity is more fundamental than our school institutions. Parents, community leaders, public figures, popular culture icons, and peers tell our children--in words, deeds, and attitudes--that education is worthless.

Visit Honest Abe's Illinois Haunts

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.08.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

To satisfy your Lincoln craving, we've put together our Trail of Lincoln, covering everything from the Lincoln-Douglas debate sites to the World's Largest Statue of Abraham Lincoln.

Slaves to Soccer: At World Cup, Workers Lose

Sam Maron | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Sam Maron

By glorifying the world's worst human rights offenders and endorsing them to host public displays for an international audience, we help countries like Qatar keep the profitable business of slave-keeping alive.

Declaring War on Cultural War

Robert Hall | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Hall

The upcoming 2014 congressional elections and the 2016 Presidential/congressional elections are a time of opportunity. The majority in this country are tired of cultural warfare. The vocal minority may be ruling but they have failed at governing. Sometimes war is necessary but it is always destructive and never sustainable.

Willy Loman: Vampire Hunter, or The Delusional Gravitas of the Everyman Antihero

Timothy Braun | Posted 08.01.2014 | Arts
Timothy Braun

It has been more than half a century since Death of a Salesman, and I wonder if it was written today what Willy would be like? How would he respond to Muslims, homosexuals, or President Obama?

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

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.12.2014 | 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 09.07.2014 | 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 09.01.2014 | 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 08.21.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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 07.31.2014 | 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 07.29.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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 07.15.2014 | 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.