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Abraham Lincoln

Court's Strict Interpretation Of Illinois Residency Law In Rahm's Case A Shift From The Norm

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — If history unfolded differently, and Abraham Lincoln had served out his second term in the White House, could he have returned to Illi...

Unforgettable State Of The Union Moments

The Huffington Post | Alyson Krueger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Obama prepares to deliver his second State of the Union address, now is a great time to see which speeches get remembered and why. Pres...

Daniel Day-Lewis Spends Time In Springfield To Prep For Abe Lincoln Role

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis is preparing for his role as Abraham Lincoln by visiting the state where the fo...

Let Freedom Ring -- Now! Now!!

Dr. Paul Zeitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Paul Zeitz

As Dr. King told us, we cannot walk alone. The destiny of all Americans is inextricably bound together. My greatest hope is that the justice movement will be a way for all of us to stand together to "Build the Dream!"

To Form a More Perfect Union

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Perhaps it is our fate to always have a climate of anger and hatred with us. But if it is our fate, we will make little progress toward a more perfect union.

Echoes From Gettysburg: How We Can Save Our Country

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Richard T. Hughes

To put it bluntly, by placing their individual interests ahead of the common good, the American people have betrayed the American dream.

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...