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PHOTOS: 13 Local Words You'll Need To Travel The U.S.

Mim Harrison | Posted 10.09.2011 | Books
Mim Harrison

We Americans should all be talking the same by now. Television, chain stores and texting should surely have expunged from our tongues all those quirky regionalisms.

Do Faith-based Groups Have A Place In 21st Century America?

Jasmeet Sidhu | Posted 10.04.2011 | Religion
Jasmeet Sidhu

Hearing these ideas on the same weekend the debt crisis was being fought, it seemed more pertinent than ever to me that religious groups become more empowered to step into the public space where the government can no longer.

7 OECD Countries with the Highest Incarceration Rates: US and Israel Top List!

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.28.2011 | Crime
Howard Steven Friedman

As the U.S. continues loading its jails and looking for new places to build larger prisons, we should be asking more questions. Why does the U.S. need so many more prisoners than other countries?

Debt Crisis Sparks America's Global Moment

Andrew Nagorski | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Andrew Nagorski

There was a time when Americans were firmly convinced that European problems were ones that they did not have to worry about. Suddenly, Europe's problems don't look that remote or dissimilar.

Hindu Community Makes Its White House Debut

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 09.27.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

The Hindu community in America is joining other religious communities on the national stage, not only as an equal participant, but a veritable host to them.

Dog Days of Summer in Toad Suck

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 09.08.2011 | Travel
Maggie Van Ostrand

I just got back from a cross-country drive with my two dogs and boy did we have a few adventures along the way. We were headed from Southern Californi...

A Century City Station at Constellation? You Betcha!

Joel Epstein | Posted 09.17.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Last week, just after a large deer decided to make itself a hood ornament on our car, I got to thinking about what a great country this is. In spite ...

The 6 Most American Things That Aren't Made In America

cracked.com | Posted 09.14.2011 | Comedy

Many of the great symbols of Liberty we Americans cherish are actually not American at all. The Statue of Liberty is French, the hot dog is mostly Mex...

Imagine Cup Dispatch: Return of the One Man Army

Adam Daniels | Posted 09.13.2011 | College
Adam Daniels

Kevin Pfister has at least one distinct quality over his competition: he's the only one-person team. (Oh, he's also the only Brit, so I guess that's a...

It's Not My Default

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Republicans and Democrats are on a collision course over raising the nation's debt ceiling. Failure to do so will have dire consequences on all Americans and the global economy. Regretfully, it is politics as usual in Washington.

Americans Deeply Pessimistic About Economy

Reuters | Posted 09.12.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans are deeply pessimistic about the future as economic concerns rise and White House talks on raising the U.S. debt ...

Does America Still Have The Moral Courage Of 1776?

Rev. Chuck Freeman | Posted 09.11.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Freeman

I don't believe most American's have the moral courage of 1776. Our souls are starving. There is hope for us if we change our appetite, and do an extreme makeover of our diet.

Imagine Cup Dispatch: American Gamesters

Adam Daniels | Posted 09.10.2011 | College
Adam Daniels

American news organizations have bopped in and out of here, we feel the five U.S. teams aren't getting as much attention as their foreign counterparts.

Just Because I Don't Eat Pork, Doesn't Mean You Gotta Have Beef With Me

Qasim Rashid | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

I'm not naive or in denial, I just want people to understand. I understand that some just don't like Muslims. And they're entitled to their opinion. But it doesn't mean they gotta have beef with me.

The Dems' Decision to Go the Super PAC Route Is Wrong

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Democrats need to give the American people a reason to support their party, and in my mind they can do that by supporting the public financing of elections and passing an amendment canceling out the Citizens United decision.

The Most Interesting State Foods

The Daily Meal | Posted 09.07.2011 | Home
The Daily Meal

When thinking about what makes America unique, it's fun to take a moment and consider the foods that have come to define this glorious nation. And w...

The Obligations of Independence

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 09.04.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

Reposted with acknowledgement to WagingNonviolence.org. "Please use your liberty to promote ours." -- Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burma's National L...

Is Europe's Debt Crisis A "Lehman Moment" For America?

Reuters | Mohammed A. El-Erian | Posted 09.04.2011 | Business

With its high unemployment and stretched balance sheets, today’s US economy can ill-afford a negative shock from abroad. Yet, this is what it is exp...

Could the Republican Party Ever Possibly Be the 'Party of the Almighty'?

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Jesus drove the moneylenders out of the temple. He welcomed the poor, the prostitutes and the sick -- but not those who worshiped money.

Field of Flags: Lives Lost, Honored, Remembered

Mary Ann West | Posted 09.03.2011 | Impact
Mary Ann West

Field of Flags: Lives Lost, Honored, Remembered From a field above the Pacific bluff in Malibu, California to a churchyard on Chebeague Island, Maine...

A Fourth of July Miracle

Charlie Carillo | Posted 09.03.2011 | New York
Charlie Carillo

Fourth of July. In Douglaston, Queens this was the day of the annual athletic competition. For some masochistic reason I entered these events every Fourth, and got clobbered time and again by the neighborhood kids.

Celebrating Fourth Of July As A Muslim

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 09.03.2011 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

In my experience, all Muslims would agree on one thing: that the United States provides them with more freedom, more security, more opportunity, and more peace than the country from which they emigrated.

The 4th Of July: American Sikhs Celebrate a Self-Evident Truth

Satpal Singh | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Satpal Singh

Let the sparklers light the deepest corners of our hearts this 4th of July. Let us embrace the spirit of the day. We can see the fulfillment of a 'self-evident' truth on the horizon.

America's Sacred Ground

Eboo Patel | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Eboo Patel

I believe Ground Zero is sacred. I believe every inch of America is sacred. I believe, in an era where more and more people are convinced that different faiths are fated to fight, America is nothing short of a mercy upon all the worlds.

Schools for Government

Colin Talbot | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Colin Talbot

Americans hate government, Brits love it (I exaggerate for effect). But Americans have dozens upon dozens of schools of public affairs/administration/policy/management; we in the UK have virtually zilch. How come?