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If You're Dissatisfied With the Country's Direction? Vote

Atiba Madyun | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Atiba Madyun

A year ago, Americans were chomping at the bit for an opportunity to vote against those responsible for the government shutdown that cost the government and businesses an estimated 24 billion in lost economic output.

Americans Think The Country's Muslim Population Is Much Bigger Than It Really Is

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion

This type of ignorance isn’t bliss. Americans have a tendency to overstate the number of Muslims living in the United States -- and at least 13 ...

5 Things This Gay Man Learned From Dating Abroad

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 11.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

Eight years, eight cities: Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Bangkok, Berlin, Rome, Tel Aviv, Cape Town and Sydney. And what do I have to show for all that time spent living outside the U.S.? Here are some highlights: at least twice as much romantic drama (and comedy) in half the time I spent in New York City, at least two books, and at least five valuable lessons in love and lust.

Want To Revive Our Republic? Then Read the Constitution

Christopher Phillips | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

If thawing out our republic and getting it back on a vibrant track can be achieved without any changes whatsoever to our Constitution, as I've asserted in my last blogs, why haven't we done so already?

When Ebola Strikes the U.S

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Despite the official reassurances, millions of Americans aren't totally buying the guarantee of safety.

Proof That Nobody Knows The National Anthem

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.16.2014 | Comedy

This past weekend marked the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner," so Jimmy Kimmel had his cameras hit the streets to see how many people a...

Breaking Down America's Biggest Giving Day

Geoff Livingston | Posted 11.08.2014 | Impact
Geoff Livingston

As noted in an earlier post, I had the great fortune of helping out Kimbia with Give Local America, an event that became the largest giving day in U.S. history. The team just released a new infographic that shows some of the data behind the event.

The Problem Is in the Hyphen

Courtney McKinney | Posted 10.19.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney McKinney

I am American. Some of my ancestors were born here and knew no other land, some of my ancestors journeyed here from Europe, and some of my ancestors were brought here from Africa. I don't know the complete stories of any of their lives, but I know their stories merge to create mine. One that is very specifically American.

Is This Why We Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories?

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.16.2014 | Healthy Living

The idea of conspiracy theories may sound ridiculous to some, but it turns out they're more popular than you thought. A study conducted by Univers...

Honours: Much More Than Angelina!

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 08.20.2014 | Entertainment
Sir Peter Westmacott

Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary Dame (the female equivalent of a Knight) of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours this month. A lot of Americans may not know what that entails, so I thought I'd try and explain.

Cancer: Everyone Pays

Bill Couzens | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Bill Couzens

With reports of increased incidences of cancer, news of accompanying financial challenges is no surprise -- which makes me wonder why some lawmakers and individuals do not understand the economic fallout of cancer, not just for patients and their families, but for all of us.

Hillary's 'Hard Choices'

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 08.10.2014 | Books
Joe Peyronnin

As Secretary of State, she visited 112 countries, and travelled one million miles. The book will appeal to Clinton supporters, and her many critics will harshly trash it.

Fragonard: The Art of Perfume

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.06.2014 | Style
Magda Abu-Fadil

Little did I know the enchanting fragrance I received as a gift sample at a conference in Menton was also the name of a painter who hailed from nearby...

War: The Cry of the Republicans

Gerry Myers | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Republicans are shouting for war. Unlike our forefathers, they are not fighting for democracy and equal rights, but rather for a plutocracy.

Want to Be a Better Worker? Take a Vacation

Andrea Bonior | Posted 06.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrea Bonior

Recent research indicates that most American workers report not using all the paid vacation days they are given. What is a frequent reason given? That people are too busy at work. I'm sorry, but isn't being too swamped at work the whole reason these vacation days are needed?

New Look, Same Great Mission

Neil Mulholland | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Neil Mulholland

This week, we began a new chapter in our story at the National Park Foundation. We have unveiled a new look -- one that underscores our role as the...

Which Is It, Crude Oil Price, Features Oil Price, or Spot Price of Oil?

Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie | Posted 04.21.2014 | Business
Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie

Why is it that after a long period of unprecedented monetary policy initiative of $85 billion monthly expenditures to buy back government securities -- granted that it is being trimmed down -- we have not witnessed a significant economic growth and still arguing about the direction of job creation?

Hong Kong 101--An American's Guide to The Asian Financial Forum

April Rudin | Posted 04.01.2014 | World
April Rudin

About two years ago, I visited Hong Kong for the very first time and could not believe my eyes. Traveling from the dated, fraying JFK airport in NYC to the shining, efficient airport in Hong Kong, my world view was immediately changed: It was the U.S. that was a third-world country, and Asia was vivid.

Can America Ever Regain Its Exceptionalism?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The myth of American Exceptionalism stems from the idea that the U.S. was the product of an immaculate conception -- a virgin, fertile continent bordered by two vast oceans and free of the foibles and follies of the old counties in Europe.

The Graying of Homelessness

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

"I always had a job, since I was 13," says DC resident John Hines. But decades of hard work didn't immunize John against homelessness. Plagued with he...

Here's What Americans Think Of Our Democracy

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON and JENNIFER AGIESTA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans enter 2014 with a profoundly negative view of their government, expressing little hope that elected officials can or wil...

7 Things Americans Can Learn From Italians

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 12.30.2013 | Travel

If you've spent time in Italy you know that life in Italy and life in America are very different. While both cultures have their pros and cons, we thi...

5 Stupidest Things Americans Do Overseas

Budget Travel | Posted 02.08.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

We're darn proud to be Americans, and we don't mind saying so -- whether we're here at our New York City headquarters or standing on foreign soil. But unfortunately, we've all seen the embarrassing U.S. traveler abroad.

Officials: Americans Are Joining Syria's Civil War, Posing Security Risk

AP | EMERY P. DALESIO | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials say Americans are joining the bloody civil war in Syria, raising the chances they could become radicalized by...

UNESCO Matters

Irina Bokova | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Irina Bokova

This is not just about funding. It is about shared values -- this is why UNESCO matters for the U.S. today, and a recent survey showed that 82 percent of Americans agree.