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The Best Presidential Love Letters

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

Did you know that many of our most iconic commanders-in-chief were also hopeless romantics? In the presidential archives, love letters abound. From...

With Little Political or Policy Impact and Dumbed Down Language, Does the State of the Union Even Matter?

William Bradley | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

America has serious issues to deal with, many of them raised by Obama in his laundry list State of the Union addresses. But let's not pretend the State of the Union itself is not an empty institution -- bloated, hollow, self-congratulatory, increasingly shallow, largely irrelevant.

Judging Lincoln: Thoughts on His Birthday

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Who knows how people in 200 years will judge even our most egalitarian ideas today? Whether we are talking about Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, or any historical figure, a person need not be perfect in order to be great.

10 Studly Pictures For Abraham Lincoln's 204th Birthday (SLIDESHOW)

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

An icon of freedom and hope, 16th President Abraham Lincoln would have turned 204 today. From modest beginnings to his Emancipation Proclamation i...

Barack Obama and the Transformation of American Democracy

Glen Browder | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

Whether or not Barack Obama realizes his transformational mission and becomes a great president depends not only on obvious challenges of everyday politics but how he deals with the uncertain future of American democracy.

Lincoln

Jill Robinson | Posted 04.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

Just as I've been brooding about theatre and what it does that film cannot, I went to see Lincoln for the second time. There is no more vigorous movie...

The Other Lincoln Movie: Indie Feature Saving Lincoln Premieres on Lincoln's Birthday

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 04.08.2013 | Entertainment
Lorraine Devon Wilke

As we approach the Oscars, another film based on our 16th president, Saving Lincoln, has been nurtured into life by a team of filmmakers who approached it with a unique vision and a desire to create a kind of film no one had ever seen before.

Congressman Finds Big Error In 'Lincoln'

AP | Posted 04.08.2013 | Entertainment

HARTFORD, Conn. — As Rep. Joe Courtney watched the Oscar-nominated "Lincoln" over the weekend, something didn't seem right to him. He said Tues...

PHOTOS: DC's Lincoln Circuit

AP | By BETH J. HARPAZ | Posted 04.02.2013 | Travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether you're interested in Lincoln the president or "Lincoln" the movie, Washington is a downright thrilling destination. ...

Victor Hugo and Abraham Lincoln

Norman MacAfee | Posted 03.31.2013 | Entertainment
Norman MacAfee

In this film awards season, two works embody enduring pinnacles of idealism.

Republican Sad Because Obama Says His Ideas Are "American"... That's What Lincoln Did, MLK Too

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Obama did, however, ground his inclusive conception of our national identity and, yes, his progressive political philosophy securely in our American traditions and history going back two centuries. Mr. Hazelwood takes umbrage? Fine.

Memo to Gun Rights Advocates: Take Note of What Reagan and Scalia Had to Say

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

President Obama himself recognizes the need for a rational middle ground and urges "advocates of gun control... to do a little more listening." Fair enough. But those on the gun rights side of the debate would be well advised start by listening to none other than Ronald Reagan.

Will Lincoln Win?

Sean Wilentz | Posted 03.27.2013 | Entertainment
Sean Wilentz

For almost exactly a hundred years, Hollywood has been complicit -- no, salient -- in promoting pro-Confederate falsehoods about the Civil War and Reconstruction. Now Spielberg and Kushner and everyone involved in Lincoln have at last declared, "Enough!"

Obama's Clear Yet Muted Trumpet: Hope's Audacity Meets Lowered Expectations

William Bradley | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

A spirited if episodic address delivered by our first black president on the occasion of his second inauguration, acclaimed by most of the media, living up to many expectations of the Democratic base, and... a relatively flat response from the public as a whole. What gives?

Gun Ranting: Good Fun, or Treason?

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

2013-01-09-NRAbanner11.jpgJohn Wilkes Booth saw himself as ridding the nation of a tyrant, but the nation mostly saw him as the treasonous assassin of their elected leader. See how this works? It's all a matter of perspective, isn't it.

A Speech That Speaks to Our Progressive Traditions

Mike Lux | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

To my friends who are cynical, who say it is just a speech, just words, I would argue that if you look at America's history, words matter.

Sleeping Through a Revolution: It's Time for President Obama to Wake Up to the True Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The following key principles, largely absent from Obama's first term in office, formed the backbone of Rev. King's life and work.

A Guest at the Inaugural

Jeff Danziger | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Drawing Inspiration From Lincoln, King on the Eve of President Obama's Second Inauguration

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

As President Obama draws strength from the legacies of Lincoln and King, it is time for us to recommit ourselves to their vision of an America that lives up to its founding promise.

A Look Back At Inauguration Firsts

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

Since President George Washington's first ever inauguration in 1789, the location, date and celebration of the event has transformed. Obama's first...

Haunted By Lincoln, MLK And Louie Giglio

Edward Gilbreath | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Edward Gilbreath

Regardless of your politics, if you're a Christian leader who has ever taken your job seriously, becoming yoked with Barack Obama can be public-relations kryptonite. But the irony of the latest debacle is that it undermines Obama's intentional efforts to be a president of inclusivity.

Abraham Lincoln Grew Up Where?

Posted 03.18.2013 | Arts

When it came time to name our pre-prohibition style small batch bourbon, we needed something equally as genuine for Kentucky. The answer was approxima...

Dodging Bullets

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Let's dispense with tortured logic and contorted arguments. Arguments get mangled when the truth sticks in your craw. One relevant truth is: A lot of people just like big guns. Big guns make people feel powerful. Lots of people like to be able to say: My gun's bigger than your gun!

At the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation, Has the Race Myth Been Put to Rest?

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 03.13.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Gail Christopher

This is not just about -- or even mostly about -- overt racists who explicitly see people of color as something less than human. Such people are still out there, of course. But the belief in racial hierarchy also persists in much more subtle ways.

Americans Preach the Second Amendment, but Shouldn't Rely on Their Historical Knowledge

Huw L. Hopkins | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Huw L. Hopkins

Regardless of an individual's opinion, American or not, this idea that an American's right to bear arms is "sacrosanct" runs too deep to influence a difference in thought process.