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Why Afghanistan Matters: Renewing America and Renewing the World

Edward Corcoran | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

The world is in an unprecedented strategic situation: No major nation faces a serious threat of invasion or subjugation. The Cold War had posed an exi...

We're All in This Together

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Peter A. Georgescu

As it happened, Sandy turned out to be every bit the horrific storm it had been anticipated in the worst case scenario. Among the hardest hit was New...

Malala Is an American Hero

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Peter A. Georgescu

Malala is a marvel, a standard-bearer for human rights and freedom, as well as the enlightened values we hold dear in the West. She is goodness personified.

Mitt's Antoinette Problem

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Mitt Romney and Marie Antoinette stand for the adoration of the privileged few who prosper from great nations and a condescension toward the many who make great nations, whom Romney should salute and not insult.

A Great Speech About Why America Isn't Great Anymore (But Can Be Again)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 09.09.2012 | TV
Carla Seaquist

For those of us heartsick over the moral state of things in this country, this is pure catnip.

The Day After the Fourth of July

Mike Lux | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

The incredible courage of our founding fathers remains a wonder to those of us living today. But what matters even more is what they did the day after they took the vote in favor of the Declaration of Independence, and every day after.

Does a Nation Have a Soul?

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

It is difficult to imagine that a mass democracy of 300 million could have a soul, because we don't know exactly what a soul is.

We Are Not Enemies

Gareth Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gareth Harris

Some people say that America is through, that Americans need enemies to unite them, that if we don't have one, someone will make one up. I don't agree.

Exceptionalism

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

From time to time Americans discuss our "exceptionalism." Some think it means being better than others. But in addition to meaning remarkable or exceptionally good, it also means abnormal, anomalous, aberrant, and deviant.

Advertising, the Great Recession and the Degradation of American Values

Jake Whitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jake Whitney

In 64 years, the typical American household went from having $5,000 in the bank to possessing four credit cards, $8,500 in credit card debt, and nearly $120,000 in total personal debt.

Bush's Final Press Conference

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Lest I be accused of "Bush Derangement Syndrome," I'm reproducing some of the most interesting answers Bush gave today, with a minimum of snarky commentary.

Electing Obama Would Show America's Greatness

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Can we put aside superficialities to elect the most competent man no matter what his name or race is? Are we big enough to do that?

David Broder's Twisted 4th of July

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leonce Gaiter

We have yet to arrive at the point where we can teach our history in full -- warts and all. Studying "the bonds we share with our fellow citizens" demands we study where and why those bonds have broken down.