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Abraham Lincoln

A New Lincoln-Douglas Debate At Eastern Illinois University

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Stephen A. Douglas, the "Little Giant" who served in the U.S. Senate and debated Abraham Lincoln, is still much-honored in some quarters. Douglas, Wyo...

Tpaw and the Campaign 'Autohagiography'

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Sigman

Now is the time for all presidential candidates to come to the aid of their egos. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty this week joined Newt Gingri...

Lincoln's Christmas Message

Max Benavidez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Benavidez

If Abraham Lincoln were president today in the midst of two wars and prolonged economic collapse, this is what I imagine his 2010 Christmas message might look like.

Henry Kissinger: Moral Midget Destined for Obscurity

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

At key points in his ego-driven career, Henry Kissinger was confronted with a choice between power and moral principle. He chose power, and became a moral dwarf.

A Pardon 150 Years Late: Wrongfully Executed Dakota Indian Could Be Cleared

New York Times | ROBERT K. ELDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

MANKATO, Minn. -- On Dec. 26, 1862, thirty-eight doomed Dakota Indians wailed and danced atop the gallows, waiting for the trapdoors to drop beneath t...

A Politically-Polarized Sesquicentennial

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While we are indeed currently politically divided and somewhat polarized, this is actually our normal state as a nation -- and on the polarization scale, we're nowhere near the "most divided" we've ever been. Far from it.

How Broken Is Washington?

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

How do you reach a point where the political center point of our nation seemingly represents the interests of the top 5 percent of the population? The answer is massive and growing inequality in America.

Poison Ivy Leagues: Should America Look Elsewhere for Its Leaders?

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Brian Ross

What do the disasters of George W. Bush, the Wall Street melt-down, and the poison of the Tea Party all have in common? Politicos and their puppet ma...

Corporate Rewards: Controlling U.S. Trade Policy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The Economic Policy Institute estimates that the proposed U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement would cost America 159,000 jobs and enlarge its trade deficit by $16.7 billion in its first seven years.

FILM: Daniel Day Lewis To Star In Spielberg's Anticipated Biopic, 'Lincoln'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Academy Award winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis has chosen what is sure to be yet another masterful role in a series of well-chosen, award-winning, and i...

Power to the People

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

The financial crisis that hit Iceland in 2008 revealed many weaknesses inherent in the country's system of governance. One fortunate consequence of this most unfortunate revelation has been a movement to draft a new Constitution.

Getting the Government We Deserve

Henry Mintzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henry Mintzberg

Americans revere business as a pillar of the country's individualistic democracy. But in a world requiring a decent if not dominant public sector, that means they'll get the government they deserve -- not the one they need.

Where Have All the Moderates Gone?

Fred Karger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Karger

Civility is gone today, and I feel in great part because of the lack of moderates in both parties.

It Takes A Movement: How Access To Power Can Be Dangerous -- Part 4

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

I feel a growing need to create a more independent and critical movement for social justice and change in America, and the relational and convening power in the faith community is substantial.

When Compromise Is a Fool's Paradise

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

All politicians and the president should stop talking about compromise as if it's something ideal in all cases. Going into any negotiation intending to meet halfway is foolish in a host of contexts.

Penguin Re-Releases The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Cynthia Ellis

Reading The Woman in White is not unlike being in a cage surrounded by sharks, if you could somehow eat crème brulee at the same time. It is exquisitely uncomfortable.

What We Will Learn Today: A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

We'll definitely learn plenty today. We'll learn whether the combination of art and science in polling resulted in accurate predictions.

Did A Sibling Rivalry Kill Abraham Lincoln?

Nora Titone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nora Titone

The killer's passionate devotion to the South was undeniable, but his singular family history, and the years he spent contending with his brother's greatness, presented other keys to his character.

The Nuclear Free Future Award

Conchita Sarnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Conchita Sarnoff

On September 30, 2010, at The Great Hall of Cooper Union in New York City, Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and Claus Biegert, co-founder of the N...

Here's a Way to Never Be Unemployed

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

Many Americans are maxing out on their unemployment benefits amid cries from Republicans that they're lazy bums who should get a job. Sure, there's on...

The Ladies of Nueva York, 1613-1945

Virginia Sanchez-Korrol | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol

Kudos to the curators of a splendid new exhibit at El Museo del Barrio. Latin ladies were not forgotten, ignored or discarded as is often the case in historical interpretations.

Weekly Reader: Abraham Lincoln, Nerve Tonic & Complimenting Trans People

Bil Browning | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bil Browning

Bilerico Project made national news this week when I reported that Indiana Republican congressional candidate Marvin Scott's campaign manager was twee...

If the 'Mosque' Isn't Built, This Is No Longer America

Michael Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Moore

I am opposed to the building of the "mosque" two blocks from Ground Zero. I want it built on Ground Zero. Why? Because I believe in an America that protects those who are the victims of hate and prejudice.

No Longer the Republican Party of Mount Rushmore -- Now the Party of Easter Island

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

It is really pretty remarkable to ponder how far the modern Republican Party has strayed from the vision of Lincoln, the Great Emancipator -- and Teddy Roosevelt, the Conservationist and Trust Buster.

A Pyrrhic Victory for Demagoguery

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Not liking the results of an election in a democracy does not mean voters are not being heard; it means the majority voted differently than you, and the majority was indeed heard.