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America as Chief Global Opportunity Officer, Not Chief Global Police Officer

John Hope Bryant | Posted 11.22.2013 | World
John Hope Bryant

In the 20th century of civil rights justice, the definition of freedom was arguably the right to vote. In many places, it still is. But arguably in the 21st century of silver rights empowerment, the new definition of freedom is more and more what I call self-determination.

America's Richest States

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter, Alexander E.M. Hess and Thomas C. Frohlich | Posted 09.23.2013 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St. Last year, household income remained effectively unchanged, according to data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau. Th...

Beers and Brats: The Best Oktoberfests Across America!

Roadtrippers | Posted 11.22.2013 | Travel

"O'zapft is!" is the proclamation that jumpstarts Oktoberfest festivities across Germany, but the celebrations in America have found other unique ways of getting the party started

Believing in America

Dakota Meyer | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Dakota Meyer

We all live in the greatest country on the face of the earth, America. Without belief in the future success of our great nation, we have nothing.

A Petition for a Mr. America Pageant

Emily Bracken | Posted 11.16.2013 | Comedy
Emily Bracken

If we live in an age of equality, isn't it time there was a pageant for men? Why should only women be scrutinized for their appearance? Isn't it high time there was a nationally televised Mr. America pageant that judged a young man's talent, his brains, his choice of evening wear?

We Can Do Better Than Attack Syria

Gary Zukav | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Gary Zukav

The requirements for our evolution have changed. Survival is no longer sufficient. Our evolution now requires us to develop spiritually -- to become e...

Free Born Man of the USA: The Queen Is Dead

Matthew Bailey | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Bailey

Mouthing the words to Star Spangled Banner was the moment I started to question my identity. I've always been proud to be a Chicagoan. Now, I guess, I'll have to learn to be proud to be an American. This may be more difficult than I imagined. But, at least, I know, I'm free.

Celebrating Forty Years for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On September 30th friends and supporters of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) will gather at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to celebrate CDF's 40th anniversary and honor our best known alum, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Good Cop, Bad Cop and the Syria Crisis

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.12.2013 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

Since the Syria crisis began, there has been lots of talk from both sides of the political spectrum about how America should not be the "world's polic...

The Russians are coming

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Shortly after the vote in the British parliament to oppose a strike on Syria, an American newspaper reported the decision of the House of Commons in a...

Shakespeare -- War With the 'Unknown' Is Futile -- An Argument Against Intervention in Syria

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

There is the old cliché, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. In King Lear, his treacherous daughter, Goneril, ironically speaks a great truth, even though she is using it to incite the death of her father.

That Tuesday Morning

Marisa McPeck-Stringham | Posted 11.10.2013 | New York
Marisa McPeck-Stringham

Tuesday, September 11, 2001. It has become my generation's "Where were you when?" Where was I? Sicker than I've ever been in my life. I had the wors...

Reporting Syria: Assad, Chemical Weapons and the International Media

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Stefan Simanowitz

Following the invasion of Iraq our media has more responsibility than ever to ensure that stories coming out about the Syria crisis are examined forensically and reported accurately and that the media are not used as a tool to bump a reluctant public toward supporting for war.

What We Need & What We Do Not Need: Cliff Notes to Political, Social, and Moral Success

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

We need to start at the beginning. Support our children. Educate all children. Rework the justice system. Help those who make small mistakes to atone for them and reintegrate successfully into society, rather than losing them into the system.

Friday Talking Points -- Potholes on the Moral High Road

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Today's big economic news was that the unemployment rate is down to 7.3 percent, the lowest it has been since 2008. In the first year President Obama took office, the Great Recession spiked the rate to 10.0 percent, to put this figure into perspective.

Miley Twerks, Syria Hurts

Susie Sampson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

Either way, it's good that America showed their outrage. It's the same outrage that America has shown over Syria, right? Wrong!

The Miley Dilemma

Zac Hill | Posted 10.29.2013 | Entertainment
Zac Hill

I think Miley Cyrus' VMA performance totally ruled, and was totally awesome, and was a successful indictment of all the absurd societal constructions that have defined the environment inside which Miley became a cultural juggernaut.

Coming (Back) to America

Christina Kelly | Posted 10.28.2013 | Travel
Christina Kelly

Like a grownup watching their favorite movie as a kid for the first time in years, once you leave America for an extended period of time, it's hard to see it in the same way ever again. We don't always realize that sometimes, coming back can be just as hard as leaving it in the first place.

Sound the Alarm -- It's Been a 50-Year Dream

Bertha Lewis | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Bertha Lewis

Today, we celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke the words, "I Have a Dream," that embodied not just the hope of a race, but of a nation.

America, It's Time for a NEW Dream

Sophia A. Nelson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Sophia A. Nelson

We must understand, once again who we are: Manifest Destiny. America the great. America the possible, America, the dream!

A N*gg*r Is a Black Person, Says Webster

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 10.28.2013 | Media
Tanya Young Williams

No matter how Merriam-Webster and other dictionaries define the N-word -- I have never and will never be a n*gg*r -- although I am very proud to be a black person.

We Are Losing Words

Bob Deutsch | Posted 10.12.2013 | Technology
Bob Deutsch

A Yale grad student is impulsively strangled by a co-worker. A young man leaving work near the main New York City post office accidentally bumps into ...

Where Do We Go From Here?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As the nation celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and world today and tell us to do. But his message to us today is as clear as it was fifty years ago if only we could hear, heed, and follow his warnings about what we need to do to make America America.

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy at Three: Time for Recommitment to Ending AIDS in America

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

We now have the effective tools and improved policies necessary to begin to end the AIDS epidemic in America, but our biggest challenges lie ahead.

Behind Great Dreams is the Dreamer

Anita Verma-Lallian | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Anita Verma-Lallian

His dreams of a successful business career and studying in the United States were bigger than the tiny Indian village he was born in.