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A Flawed Step Forward on Health Care Reform

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We all know how much the media love conflict, and they have fallen in love with the health care debate. To say the process hasn't been pretty would be one of the biggest Washington understatements in years.

Pray Immigration Reform Into Passage

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

If our political leaders won't make room for the "strangers" among us, we, the people of faith, will. It's time to stop playing politics with people's lives.

Sarah Palin: Exploitation of Women at its Worst

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aladdin Elaasar

Sarah Palin is definitely the embodiment of the antifeminist movement in this country as she aims to appeal to female voters and consumers in the so-called pink economy.

A St Patrick's Day Message From Ireland: Thank You

Rory Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Rory Fitzgerald

As a rule, Irishmen only cry at football games. But a walk around New York City can do strange things to a man.

Jewish America, One Book Tour Stop At A Time

Benyamin Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Benyamin Cohen

For these down-on-their-luck Jewish communities, it was a divine tale of "Yes, we can," writ large. And I found myself being inspired by their against-all-odds road to redemption.

You Must Come From Texas, George!

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

Putting the U.S. Constitution into every pocket in the country is the vision of LibertyDay founder Andy McKean and his wife Kathy.

Will Smith, The Last Pharaoh

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Aladdin Elaasar

Will Smith's latest project, The Last Pharaoh, is a greatmega action movie expected by millions of fans around the globe.

Risky Business in the Arab World

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Aladdin Elaasar

Why is it hard for Arab and Muslim writers, professors, intellectuals and average persons to speak out against suicide bombers, Jihadists, anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism in their countries?

The Biggest Loser: One Physician's Perspective

Christina Jenkins, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christina Jenkins, M.D.

We all have something at stake in helping all Americans achieve a healthy weight. The Biggest Loser isn't perfect, but it's been an undeniable success in messaging and motivation.

Is the "United States" About to Get Scrapped?

Abigail Pesta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Abigail Pesta

I'm referring, of course, to the "S.S. United States" -- the fastest oceanliner ever built. Last week, news broke that the foreign owner of the histor...

To Obama: Egypt Is at Dangerous Crossroads

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aladdin Elaasar

As President Mubarak is in a hospital in Germany with no apparent successor, Egyptian Americans call upon President Obama to re-evaluate American/Egyptian relations.

What's Wrong With Starbucks Is Also What's Wrong With America

Yisrael Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Yisrael Campbell

Hey Starbucks, forget about the swine flu and make more than your logo green -- make your stores green as well.

Biblical Social Justice and Glenn Beck

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Glenn Beck says Christians should leave their social justice churches, so I say Christians should leave Beck. Beck attacks the very heart of our Christian faith, and Christians should no longer watch his show.

New Rule: Smart President ≠ Smart Country

Bill Maher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Bill Maher

New Rule: Just because a country elects a smart president doesn't make it a smart country. And before I go about demonstrating how, let me just say that ignorance has life and death consequences.

Immigration Reform Now: An Emotional Plea to Obama

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aladdin Elaasar

Her words reduced us to tears. Beatrice Vasques, a 15-year-old born in LA, came home from school one day to find her mom arrested and deported by immigration officers.

Why I am a Leftist and Why I Don't Support Obama's Foreign Policy

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

I call myself leftist not only because I endorse principles of change, but because I think America deserves smarter politicians running its foreign policy than the ones in charge of it now.

120 Years of Smolenyaks in America: A Note of Gratitude from a Great-Granddaughter

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

I never knew him, but I want to thank him. Exactly 120 years ago today, my then 16-year-old great-grandfather, Peter Smolenyak, arrived in New York o...

12-Step Program For America: Step 2

Jim Selman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Selman

If there is a 'higher power' that can save us, it is the 'people'... it is us. We are the higher power that could return our national process and our Constitutional Democracy to sanity.

Immigration Reform: Change Takes Courage and Faith

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

If our political leaders won't make room for the "strangers" among us, we will -- because Jesus commands us to do so.

How To Make It In America: How To Not Make An HBO Show In America in 2010

Daniel Weisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Daniel Weisman

Disappointed doesn't even begin to describe how I feel about HBO's much-hyped new series How To Make It in America. Three episodes in and the "from-the-creators-of-Entourage" tagline is wearing off.

Bridging the Partisan Divide Through 'Intentional' Conversation

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It may not be possible to wave a magic wand to dissolve all the substantive differences between the parties, but it is possible to restore some civil discourse to Congress -- and hopefully to the country.

America at a Crossroads (Again): Bruce High Quality Foundation and the Whitney Biennial

David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Weiner

The best piece in this year's Whitney Biennial will knock you on your ass, and make you afraid to look in the mirror.

The Cost of Doing Nothing About Health Care

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Although the health care bill is disappointingly incomplete, it nevertheless does extend coverage to 30 million people currently without insurance and provides subsidies for them to purchase it.

"Get A Job": A Playlist To Employ The Mind of Senator Jim Bunning

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Wild

I hear that it's really, really cold in Washington. No, I'm not talking about the temperature outside, but rather inside the soul of Senator Jim Bunning.

President Obama to Address Staggering 68.5% Unemployment Rate Among People Named "John"

Ben Berkon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ben Berkon

Despite the bleak outlook for people named "John," President Obama pointed to the comparatively lower unemployment rates for people named "Jon" or "Jonathan" as a signs of encouragement.