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Growing up a "Patriot"?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.15.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Let me thank my classmates, teachers, and Valley Forge for having educated me to be still that Patriot even as America and the globe around us changes.

The 10 Richest U.S. Presidents

24/7 Wall St. | Ashley C. Allen | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket, according to most political pundits. The pr...

11/22/63: Gun Control, Anyone?

Denise Bostrom | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Denise Bostrom

I believe the time has come to reconsider how we wish to leave our country for our children and theirs. As the anniversary of the school shooting in Newton, Connecticut (12/13/13), approaches, I believe that together, we have the ability to spare our children and country.

The Way of the Whig Party

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most people today just use "go the way of the Whig Party" as an amusing way to say "disappear as a national political party." But a truer parallel to history would be to ask the question: "Will today's Republicans revert back to being the Whig Party?" Or, perhaps: "Will the Tea Party eventually go the way of the Whig Party?"

Crisis of Self-Government

William E. White | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
William E. White

Today, We the People are losing confidence in our institutions. But the treasure of American self-government is too precious to take for granted, and far too precious to discard.

How Three U.S. Presidents Reacted to Adversity and the Media

Jason Grill | Posted 08.02.2013 | Politics
Jason Grill

Throughout history many politicians have dealt with being baited by their adversaries and the media in very different ways. Those that have seen the bigger picture, kept their head about them and invoked a sense of humor in the right instances have always ended up in a stronger position.

The Linguistic Legacy of American Politics

Rich Rubino | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

For all the legacies that American politics has bequeathed to the world, one that rarely gets acclaim is its linguistic legacy. Many words that originated from American politics have permeated our general lexicon.

Dems Still Embracing President Despite Rocky Past

Salon | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

Spring means that appeals for money are bursting forth from both major political parties....

Not the Best President, Not the Worst President

Dorian de Wind | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Generally, the following former presidents seem to have found a solid, comfortable place in a cellar that hosts the "worst U.S. presidents": James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Franklin Pierce, Millard Fillmore, John Tyler, Warren G. Harding, William Harrison, and Ulysses S. Grant.

Trash-Talking America

William E. White | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
William E. White

If we ever hope to sponsor a productive debate in this country, we will have to spend as much time listening as we do talking. Grandstanding, posturing, and trash-talking the country is not helping.

Presidential Signatures On Display

Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky. | Angela Oliver | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

As Nancy Bradshaw looked through the Owensboro Museum of Science and History's collection, she stumbled upon many documents, she said. "These needed ...

6 'Black Presidents' Before Barack Obama

Posted 02.24.2014 | Black Voices

Barack Obama is widely known as the United States' first black president. But is he really the country's first African-American commander-in-chief? ...

Presidents Day and Purim

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Presidents Day rarely falls in the same week as Purim, and it won't again for almost 40 years (in 2051 -- take my word for it). But these two seemingly disparate holidays have much in common.

Wedges and Whigs

John O'Toole | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
John O'Toole

Many voters remembered that the GOP had done most of the work in creating it in the Bush/Cheney years. So they frequently resembled a prizefighter who keeps hitting himself in the face. Is this the end of the reborn Whig party in America?

The People's Inauguration: A Drunken, Raucous Mess!

Rich Rubino | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

It was the beginning of a subtle shift in power away from the aristocratic elites of the establishment to the people of the frontier states. Finally, the ascendancy of Jackson gave true meaning to the phase "We the People."

The Bellwether Belt

Jacopo della Quercia | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Jacopo della Quercia

When Missouri's electors convene on Dec. 17 to cast their electoral votes, it will mark the second presidential election in a row their state voted for the losing candidate. What are the state's proudest, most nostalgic citizens to do?

A Stirring Populist Triumph

Mike Lux | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

This is the most firmly pro-middle class, tough on Wall Street and big business Senate class we've had in a long time, and I couldn't be more excited.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: Putting the Pop Back in Populism

Erika Milvy | Posted 12.26.2012 | San Francisco
Erika Milvy

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson is a hard-rock musical that tells the life story of this nation's seventh president in modern lingo to make the 19th century relevant to youth culture. Lets just say, been there, done that, hella better.

Voter Suppression and Our Rigged Tax System: The Underlying Ideology

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

They might have some abstract legal "right" to vote -- but not the deeply rooted right to vote that only comes from the exercise of responsible proprietorship. And besides, what does not having a photo ID in this day and age testify to if not an absence of that responsibility?

PHOTOS: American Presidents, They Are Often Immigrants Too

Posted 02.21.2012 | Latino Voices

This year, President’s Day celebration is filled with irony. We celebrate the nation's leaders at a time when anti-immigrant rhetoric, harsh ant...

An Andrew Jackson History Lesson for Newt Gingrich

Andy Horowitz | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Andy Horowitz

Gingrich was right about the scar, but my search through the collected speeches and writings of President Andrew Jackson turns up no statement similar to the one Gingrich evoked.

Unelectable Past Presidents: Part 1 of 3

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Hobratsch

The following are the first nine of twenty-seven American presidents that would not be electable today. It is interesting to ponder what the fate of these men would be in the 21st century.

The Jefferson Key: Berry's Best

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 07.31.2011 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The Jefferson Key is Steve Berry at his very best. He manages to combine history with fiction in such a way that it all seems absolutely possible and believable.

How Nerds Can Save America...and Why They Might Be Our Last Hope (PHOTOS)

David Anderegg | Posted 05.28.2011 | Books
David Anderegg

Why is it that we instruct our children that people who are good at math, science and engineering are also creepy, unsexy and repulsive? A quick tour through our distant and recent cultural history shows why.

WATCH: The 10 Funniest Presidential Impressions

Matt Wilstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Matt Wilstein

In honor of Presidents' Day, here are some of the best impressions of the 44 men who have led this country over the last two hundred and twenty two years.