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10 All-American Classics For The Fourth of July

Food52 | Posted 08.30.2014 | Taste
Food52

The most patriotic holiday is right around the corner, and we've got you covered no matter how you choose to celebrate.

America: How We Look Now

Jessie Tromberg | Posted 08.27.2014 | Fifty
Jessie Tromberg

The Fourth of July, the day we celebrate American independence, always makes me remember the old Saturday Evening Post magazine with its cover paintings of idyllic American life. Last month -- on June 3, to be precise -- I believe I actually lived one of those covers.

Declare Your Independence

Rupa Mehta | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

This Fourth of July I encourage you to take some time to think about what makes you independent and how you, individually, contribute to the success of your family, friend group, community and country.

Taking My Baby to Kara Walker's Sugar Baby

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

Her latest work in Brooklyn is at the Domino sugar factory, a defunct warehouse that is set for demolition. Walker is taking this opportunity to make a statement about slavery, perceptions of black bodies, human exploitation, and the sugar-coating of history.

Best Spots To See Some Fireworks

Domino | Posted 08.26.2014 | Travel
Domino

Sometimes it's just not as simple as just looking up. Catch a big, bright display this Independence Day.

The Most American Foods Ever

The Daily Meal | Posted 08.26.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

You might be surprised to find out the origin of some of these American classics.

It's Time Obama Lowered the Bar for Success in Iraq

Tara Sonenshine | Posted 08.25.2014 | World
Tara Sonenshine

For many decades the United States has sought macro wins on foreign policy -- big-ticket successes like invading Iraq, solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, bringing down Libyan dictator Mohammar Qaddafi, stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, and other notable goals only to see gains reversed and goal posts moved. So maybe it is time to scope ambitions and seek smaller prizes.

The Battle for Soft Power: America's Digital Cold War with China

Justin O’Connor | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Justin O’Connor

Talk these days of the creative economy as soft power and a harbinger of world peace, ignores the huge struggles taking place between Google, Facebook no one hand and Baidu, We Chat, Tencent on the other, pitching the U.S. and China directly against each other in a cold digital war of online platforms, search engines and aggregation algorithms. It is very nice to assert the diversity of cultures in a globalized world. But this diversity is in reality dependent on some very hard issues of finance, intellectual property rights and communications infrastructures.

Should Cryonics, Cryothanasia, and Transhumanism Be Part of the Euthanasia Debate?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The medical field of preserving the dead for possible future life is quickly improving every year.

Iran's Top Leader Opposes US Intervention In Iraq

AP | BY NASSER KARIMI | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday he is against US intervention in neighboring Iraq, where Islamic extremists...

Will the World Cup Boost US Soccer Popularity?

Leigh Steinberg | Posted 08.21.2014 | Sports
Leigh Steinberg

Will the excitement over the first round victory by the U.S. and its continued success be a game-changer for the future of the MLS?

Gender Equity Can Make America Competitive

Eve Ellis | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Eve Ellis

In his recent address at West Point, President Obama said the U.S. must always be a leader. And yet, leaders of U.S. corporations, so far, have seemed complacent with a lagging status quo.

America Has Never Faced a Power Like China

Bob Hawke | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Bob Hawke

China today is a country that is fundamentally more powerful than any that America has ever had to encounter before. It is also a country that has a stronger sense of its place and status than any country in the world except perhaps America itself.

America Has a Rape Problem

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Victoria A. Brownworth

We need much more than dueling hashtags and op-ed columnists debating rape on the Internet. We need a serious deconstruction of real numbers in real time.

Senate Kingpins to Vote on Climate Changing Pipeline: Tell Them No -- Now!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

What Earth-changing events are happening this week? The US Senate Committee is going to vote on the climate changing Keystone XL pipeline, and NASA j...

This Place Sucks

Blake Henderson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Comedy
Blake Henderson

I mean, what's all the hype around this place? I've been here for three weeks already and I can't wait to get back home. Nothing cool. It's all, look: old shitty buildings. Look: old shitty churches. Look: old shitty bridges built by Romans. Look: old shitty people with weird clothes.

America's Best Small Towns

Fodor's | Posted 08.17.2014 | Travel
Fodor's

Nothing embodies classic Americana quite like small towns. For the second year in a row, we've compiled a list that highlights some of the best places...

Return of the Weasels

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

America is still struggling to live up to its creed enunciated in the Declaration of Independence and overcome its huge birth defects built into the implementation of our political and economic system.

States With The Most Taco Bells And What It Means

The Daily Meal | Posted 08.12.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Do states with higher Hispanic populations really have more Taco Bells?

The Cops I Met on the Open Road

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 08.10.2014 | Fifty
Michael Sean Comerford

This California Highway Patrol officer drove me to a gas station near an I-580 onramp on my San Francisco-to-New Jersey hitchhike. The trunk is open ...

America's Late Imperial Paradox

Ian Buruma | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Ian Buruma

The much-vaunted "liberal order" policed by the U.S. was a product of World War II and the Cold War. Germany and Japan had to be kept down, the Communist powers had to be contained, and the old countries of Europe had to learn to live with one another under unifying pan-national institutions. All of this was made possible by American money and military might. As a result, the Free World, in Western Europe and East Asia, became a US dependency. This cannot go on forever. Indeed, the arrangements are already fraying. But then comes the old imperial paradox. The longer others remain dependent on the U.S., the less capable they will be of taking care of their own affairs, including their security. And, like an authoritarian parent, the U.S. itself, despite its admonitions to its allies to pull their weight, is often loath to let go of its increasingly unruly dependents.

Badass Florida Man Protests X-mas Tree Inspection With AMERICA

Reuters | Posted 08.07.2014 | Weird News

By Barbara Liston June 6 (Reuters) - A Florida man who feels he is being unfairly treated by local code enforcement officials has moun...

The Best National Parks In America: Ranked!

The Active Times | Posted 08.06.2014 | Travel
The Active Times

Which government system protects some of our most prized land, offers affordable recreation and is great for the economy? You guessed it -- it's the National Park System.

The Impending 'Peaceful War' Between China and America Over Cyberspying

Patrick Mendis | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Patrick Mendis

Unlike the Cold War period -- in which the Soviet Union was isolated from the global economy -- commercial interests and trade secrets underpin the intrinsically entangled Sino-American economic relations. The higgledy-piggledy distinction between national security and corporate interests is hardly convincing to the Chinese, especially when the US revolving doors conveniently inhabit the space between government service and corporations during both Democratic and Republican administrations. Just like the Sino-American relations in commercial intercourse, economics triumphs over ideology in the partisan world of American politics. On China's side, its intertwined national and economic interests are enshrined in the peculiar institution of the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs).

Listen to the D-Day Generation, Their Time Is Running Short

Jim Moore | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Jim Moore

By June 6, 1944, World War II touched just about every family and community in America. We have not participated so personally in anything like it since, and we have grown apart from the men and women who continue to fight and die in conflicts that require only our tax dollars for support.