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How Cars Drove the American Dream to Nowhere, U.S.A.

The Crimson White | Posted 09.18.2012 | College
The Crimson White

In my opinion America's infatuation with cars has produced an even more devastating consequence: the degradation and demoralization of civic life in our towns and cities.

Mitt-Handled

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Now the Republicans are in a pickle. They held the most divisive presidential primary in decades and a flawed candidate emerged at the top of the ticket.

A Modest Proposal to Stop Tipping Bartenders

Stephen Robert Morse | Posted 09.16.2012 | Comedy
Stephen Robert Morse

Why do we tip taxi drivers 10% to 15%, waiters and waitresses 15% to 20%, and hotel chambermaids $1 per night, while bartenders expect to rake in $1 per drink (or more if we're feeling generous)?

The Greatest Breakup Letter in History

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 09.11.2012 | Comedy
Nicholas Ferroni

As someone who's received many "breakup" letters, emails and even texts, I do consider myself somewhat of an expert. It wasn't until my historical studies at Rutgers that I realized that America was founded on the ultimate breakup letter in history: the Declaration of Independence.

America as Re-run: Losing Andy Griffith Without Losing Our Way

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 09.10.2012 | Home
Stuart Muszynski

If we just leave this question to the media, we deserve what we get. All of us must be concerned about our media diet and its powerful link to our cultural health, and we should be crying out to Hollywood to right the picture.

NYTimes Journalist Blames Women For Income Inequality

Forbes Woman | Posted 07.11.2012 | Women

Leave it to David Brooks to figure out a way to blame the ladies for income inequality. In his most recent New York Times column, Brooks decided to...

What's Wrong With This Map?

Posted 09.08.2012 | Comedy

Some US states have something everyone agrees they're shaped like. How many times have you heard someone from Michigan tell you they're from "the mitt...

Week 8: 50-City U.S. Speaking Tour

Imran Ahmad | Posted 09.07.2012 | Home
Imran Ahmad

I walked down a deserted Nicollet Mall and, when I reached the bridge, I came upon an eerie sight: the mighty Mississippi river frozen into an uncanny, supernatural stillness.

A Spiritual Declaration Of Independence From Hate

Jason Van Boom | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Jason Van Boom

How people celebrate their birthdays tells us much about them. This is true not only of individuals, but even more so of countries. So, as we celebrate the 236th anniversary of our founding, it's an appropriate time to reflect.

America: You Are All Heart

Leslie Griffith | Posted 09.03.2012 | Home
Leslie Griffith

On this glorious nation's birthday, then as now, we are growing, expanding and reaching for unexplored ways to navigate new complexities. We are more diverse than ever and more in need of visionary thinkers to help us explore.

July 4th and the Renovation of America

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 09.02.2012 | Los Angeles
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

Let's celebrate our July 4th freedom with a game called, "What Is Going On Right Now in America?"

PHOTOS: Andrew Zimmern's Most Bizarre American Foods

The Daily Meal | Posted 09.03.2012 | Home
The Daily Meal

In honor of the 100th-episode milestone, the man who has traveled around the world and documented his gastronomic adventures eating bat paste, durian, and other bizarre foods, presents, in his own words, his observation on the top nine most bizarre American foods and where to get them:

The 18 Most Patriotic Late Night Clips Of The Year

Matt Wilstein | Posted 09.02.2012 | Comedy
Matt Wilstein

Over the last year, the late night hosts have celebrated everything both wonderful and terrible about America (or Amercia if you're Mitt Romney). This 4th of July, let's all take a look back at the most patriotic late night clips of the year.

The Many Definitions Of Freedom

Christian de la Huerta | Posted 09.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Christian de la Huerta

Freedom means going for our own unique brand of personal excellence, thereby making the world a brighter, more colorful and more loving place.

The Declaration of Independence 2012 (As Written of, by and for Women)

Flora Nicholas | Posted 09.02.2012 | Comedy
Flora Nicholas

So as we gals are made of strong "home of the brave" stuff, we have chosen today to bring these matters to the country's attention, and yes, publish our own version of the Declaration of Independence.

Why the Future Will Be American

Rob Asghar | Posted 09.02.2012 | World
Rob Asghar

Americans may slow their own path if political dysfunction continues. But with even a little adjustment, a resilient, forward-thinking and forward-moving economy will result.

I Am Gay... And An American

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 09.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

I am a passionate, progressive, pro-choice, artistic, forward-thinking, optimistic yet sometimes sarcastic, spirit-seeking, showtune-singing, equality-supporting, Mary-Chapin-Carpenter-loving gay dad. And I am an American.

PHOTOS: 24 All-American Inns For July 4

iLoveInns | Posted 09.02.2012 | Travel
iLoveInns

As John Adams wrote about July 4, "It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." He should've added a word about a stay in one of these inns.

Interdependence Day

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

In the 21st century, we stand more to gain through interdependence than independence. In fact, the paradox is that we can preserve the latter by engaging in the former.

Star Spangled Cocktails for 4th of July

Colleen Mullaney | Posted 09.01.2012 | Home
Colleen Mullaney

Spike up summer's favorite fruits and create refreshing cocktails that will add a spark to your 4th of July celebration. Invite your friends over for some star spangled fun, these tasty libations are better by the batchful!

War And America’s Civil Religion

Raymond Haberski, Jr. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Raymond Haberski, Jr.

The American experience with war acts like a civil religion -- a way for Americans to affirm and assess national ideals for which generations have been called to give their last full measure of devotion. It is a glorious, dangerous, heroic, terrifying cross to bear.

POLL: Do You Consider Yourself Patriotic?

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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The Strongest Woman In America Lives In Poverty

Buzz Feed | Posted 06.29.2012 | Women

Weightlifter Sarah Robles is an incredible athlete, but outside the world of squats and snatches, barely anyone knows her name. And even though she's ...

UNESCO Makes Nativity Church A World Heritage Endangered Site, Israel, US Abstain

AP | ELAINE GANLEY and KARIN LAUB | Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion

PARIS — UNESCO's World Heritage committee on Friday approved a Palestinian bid to place the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on its list of s...

Creativity Is the New Economy

Richard Florida | Posted 08.27.2012 | Business
Richard Florida

It's common to say we are now living in a post-industrial information or knowledge economy. But the shift is actually deeper and more thorough-going than that.