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Tea Party Removes Gay-Themed 'Fruited Plain' from America the Beautiful

James Napoli | Posted 01.01.2012 | Comedy
James Napoli

When asked about the idea that the song's lyric refers to the plains rich with agricultural crops in the shadow of the purple mountains, a Tea Party spokesman replied, "Health care is socialism."

Looking for the Dream of America

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

Occupy means "to keep and hold, to fill, to employ." It is high time to occupy America again; not the America of partisan politics and corporate influence; but the America that can hold and keep alive the dreams of its young people.

Halloween and the Scaremongering Health-and-Safety Brigade

Nathalie Rothschild | Posted 12.28.2011 | Parents
Nathalie Rothschild

The medieval roots of the door-to-door candy-collection tradition have all but been forgotten. These days Halloween is just an excuse to dress up as zombies, witches, vampires and other scary figures and to have a silly, cosy and fun time.

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.27.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

The initial feelings that rushed over me after hearing the announcement that we're pulling out of Iraq were of deep relief. But then they turned to deep sadness over the terrible cost of a war that was always wrong: intellectually, politically, strategically and, above all, morally.

Oakland Chief Denies Use Of Rubber Bullets, Dowels

Turnstyle | Posted 12.27.2011 | San Francisco
Turnstyle

By: Nishat Kurwa Oakland's acting police chief  Howard Jordan denied that his department used rubber bullets and wooden dowels on protesters dur...

Reflections On My Walk Across America (PHOTOS)

Nate Damm | Posted 12.24.2011 | Travel
Nate Damm

Things were tough at times, but I just kept on walking. On October 15, 2011, about seven and a half months after I began, I walked into the Pacific at Ocean Beach in San Francisco and completed the journey.

Modern Investments: A Historic Truth

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

To create jobs, modern economies require modern investments. That isn't a Democratic or Republican idea; it's a historic and economic truth that we have proved out time and again as a people.

Swiss Banks Summoned To Hearing On Tax Evasion

Posted 12.16.2011 | Business

ZURICH - Swiss banks accused of helping Americans to dodge taxes have been summoned to a parliamentary committee hearing this week at which they w...

Before and After 1492

Alyson Renaldo | Posted 12.14.2011 | Impact
Alyson Renaldo

This passed Monday I breathed an uncomfortable sigh seeing my neighborhood banking institutions 'closed in observance of Columbus day.'

US Congress Ruining Ten Years of American Effort in Palestine

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 12.13.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinian educational ministry sources estimated that as many as 65 percent of all Palestinian children enter first grade without having been exposed to any preschool learning. Perhaps this is why educators embraced the USAID-funded educational programs.

China is Not the Problem, It's a Symptom

Georges Ugeux | Posted 12.12.2011 | Business
Georges Ugeux

The vote by the U.S. Senate to proceed with sanctions to "punish" China for its currency policy is hypocritical and is a further sign of Washington's inability to deal with U.S. economic problems.

The Promise of Obama's Second Term

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

While the President's failings in the first term have been well chronicled, what are the chances for a different, more successful second term in the White House?

Occupying the Occupiers in LA!

Susie Sampson | Posted 12.11.2011 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

It's about time someone occupied the occupiers and inserted some good conservative values into these protests!

Thank You, Steve Jobs, From A Muslim Innovator

Abdul Malik Mujahid | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
Abdul Malik Mujahid

I thank God for the idea and thank Steve for enabling me to do it. As Prophet Muhammad has said, one cannot be grateful to God unless he or she is thankful to people.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Jeff Nichols on Take Shelter

Dan Persons | Posted 12.02.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Roland Emmerich's been making disaster films since time can remember, yet for all his besetting humans with floods, fires, and earthquakes, he's never managed to make something as resonant, affecting, and powerful as Take Shelter.

A Conversation With Helen Benedict: Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction

Len Hollie | Posted 11.28.2011 | New York
Len Hollie

Helen Benedict has written five novels and five books of non-fiction. I recently spoke with Benedict about the unique undertaking of writing both fiction and non-fiction from the same research material.

Harry Chapin on What Made America Famous

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

As we used to say in the House of Representatives, today I'm going to yield to my esteemed colleague from Brooklyn, singer and songwriter Mr. Harry Chapin. For a song that he wrote 37 years ago, called "What Made America Famous."

States Losing The Most Jobs To China

24/7 Wall St. | Charles B. Stockdale, Douglas A. McIntyre | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: China is taking American jobs, labor unions, politicians and economists, have accused for some time. The logic is simple. While a ...

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and the Death of the Gentleman, Sportsmanship, and Class in American Society

Michael W. Waters | Posted 11.22.2011 | Religion
Michael W. Waters

But this is much bigger than boxing. What happened in the ring Saturday night is a microcosm of what is taking place within this country. The state of manhood in America is increasingly troubled.

By Forcing Tough Decisions, Republicans Are Adults in the Room

Gary Shapiro | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Gary Shapiro

While Democrats are sticking to the old script, Republicans seem to have grown up a little. On a nationwide scale, Republicans are spurning feel-good solutions and vague promises. Instead, the GOP is offering tough decisions and priority setting. And it seems to be working.

Great American Dive Bars

Find. Eat. Drink. | Posted 11.13.2011 | Home
Find. Eat. Drink.

We know it's nearly impossible to complete a list of the greatest dive bars in America, but here is a start. This list is picks from bartenders, som...

We Can Handle the Truth: Our Government Is a Jobs Killer

Gary Shapiro | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

There was a moment in President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress Thursday night when Candidate Obama returned to the limelight. Unfortunately, it was short-lived.

Can America Afford Equality?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

If we as Americans accept the idea that the only hope for our future rests with the rich and the multinationals, and that we must abandon the fundamental principle of equality of opportunity, then perhaps we need to take another look at the American Dream.

Designing Solidarity For 9/11 Anniversary

Turnstyle | Posted 11.12.2011 | Arts
Turnstyle

Originally published on Turnstylenews.com, a digital information service surfacing emerging stories in news, entertainment, art and culture; powered ...

The State Department's Jobs Agenda

Robert Hormats | Posted 11.11.2011 | Business
Robert Hormats

The President is rebuilding the economy the American way -- based on balance, fairness, and the same set of rules for everyone from Wall Street to Main Street -- where hard work and responsibility pay and gaming the system is penalized.