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America, Sri Lanka, and the Future of Democracy in Asia

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

While a narrow view of what constitutes democratic government has periodically impeded U.S. foreign relations, particularly in Asia and the Middle Eas...

Derision Point: How Bush Can Rehabilitate His Image

Adam Chandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Chandler

If President Bush re-appeared to promote his book, he didn't make a good case for its sales. I can't help but wonder what, if anything, Bush could do to salvage the way most Americans view him at this point.

American Decline?

Joseph Nye | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph Nye

Americans need to go beyond the tired narratives of hegemony or decline if we are to develop a smart strategy of using networks to exercise power in a cyber age.

On Veterans Day

Vicky Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Vicky Collins

As a mother I can't imagine my son coming to me and saying he's going to join the military. I am not brave enough for that conversation. I don't ever...

Veterans Day 2010

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In honor of Veterans Day 2010, we've gathered images and profiles of incredible United Stated soldiers who have received the coveted Congressional Med...

Nine Years after 9/11: Islam, Glenn Beck, and a Nation Divided | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The anniversary of 9/11 would be sufficient reason for reflection; in my faith tradition we live by a liturgical calendar on which we mark feast days ...

Jesus Coils Around Me and Tightens Until I Can't Breathe and Then Eats Me, This I Know

Carol Hartsell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Carol Hartsell

This is the world we live in now. Jesus is real, he's back, and he's a bunch of snakes.

Veterans and Boomers: Do You Remember How it Felt?

Steve Ressler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ressler

I hope in my lifetime that I will feel a more widespread sense of trust in public officials by citizens -- an American revival of sorts in which young people seek "good government jobs" and commit their careers to public service.

Whither Jon Stewart?

Adam Chandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Chandler

More necessary than a rally is a counterweight to the political extremism so commonly lent a media platform. Otherwise, the middle is just a collection of witty slogans and cartoon thought-bubbles.

LESS at Stake This Election Than Ever Before (VIDEO)

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

If Tea Party candidates are elected and slash government, it's we the American people who will bleed. Especially in tough times -- amidst an economic ...

Bankrupting the New Deal: Why Republicans Are The Party of Failure

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

The GOP failed at government in the 1980's and in the 2000's and now they are doing their best to make Obama fail so they can call him a failure, get voted back in to office, and then get back to what they do best: keep failing.

Republicans Have a Jobs Plan That Will Put America Back to Work and Continue Our Prosperity, and It Doesn't Involve Raising the Damn Minimum Wage!

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

I'm a businessman. Want more jobs? Treat our workers as if they're Chinese!...

The Word: Feariness

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Ropeik

There are two kinds of fear, and they're easy enough to tell apart. The real kind of fear is the fear that keeps you safe. The false fear is what the doomsayers use to attract members and money.

Why the Badistans Are Right to be Angry

Asheel Qayum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Asheel Qayum

You call us cockroaches, crooks, savage, uncivilized, and so on. But have you ever asked yourself what caused the Badistanis to be bad and savage? Or wondered why we are uncivilized?

"Bankrupt & Clap-Ridden": The Ultimate 'Dear Abbey' Letter From Jack-Ass America

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Lewis

Dear Abby: I am so confused and I don't know what to do.

America Pays Up to See Their Team on Sunday

Jesse Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Jesse Lawrence

Despite their slow start, America's team is still a big draw on the road. Sunday's match-up with the Vikings, however, is only the 7th highest premium...

12 Places to Take in America's Waters

Farryn Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Farryn Weiner

In honor of Blog Action Day, we're celebrating the beautiful bodies of water that make up the American Landscape -- and our favorite places to sit back and enjoy the view.

11 Freedoms That Drunks, Slackers, Prostitutes And Pirates Pioneered

Thaddeus Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Thaddeus Russell

The Founding Fathers hoped that self-rule would cure Americans of their love of frivolities. A government of the people, John Adams argued, would make the people disciplined, stern, hard-working, and joyless

When The Recession Hits Home

Patrice Bendig | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Patrice Bendig

In spite of the misery and heartache caused by the recession, I have found one benefit. People have become more compassionate towards each other, and donation drives have been more successful than I've ever seen.

Iraqnophobia: The Political Tornado of American and Iranian Influence in Iraq's Parliament

Matt Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matt Kane

While combat operations may be coming to an end in Iraq, the political three-way chess match between Iraq, Iran and the United States may be just beginning.

Why Oracle's CEO Should Be Fired and Its Board Sued by Shareholders

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Georges Ugeux

Compensation of CEOs is generally deemed outrageous. But what is now at stake, is that, while the amounts themselves are outrageous, their correlation to performance is questionable, too.

The United States of Apathy's Motto Is 'We Don't Care'

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

America is truly exceptional in its ability to not care, although Americans do care about some things. For instance, we care about having vast amounts of inexpensive food and gas.

Big Woman, Small Town: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

In her inability to feel content with her life, with the "blackness" that accompanies her through her household tasks and is often expressed through anger and even cruelty, Olive seems, in a way, to be too big for the town that has always been her home.

$#*! My Dad Says: Life Lessons From Another Type of American Father

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

My father -- probably like many of your fathers -- taught life lessons by good example. He died in 2002, but the lessons I learned are so clearly with me it is as if I had spoken to him yesterday. Here are some of the more memorable things he shared.

Why Innovation Isn't Just Another Buzz Word

Dean Garfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dean Garfield

The nation's drive to continue to invest in R&D is stalling at a time when such investment is most needed to keep up with our global competitors. The message? R&D and innovation matter.