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Declaration of Independence

New Cold War on the UN Stage and Closing Curtain on 'We the People'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.24.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The UN is as much stage as platform for diplomatic exchange, and the Kremlin is no longer so keen on keeping the curtain up.

Trivia: Seven Questions and Answers about the Declaration of Independence

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

Here are some trivia questions relating to the Declaration of Independence. See how you do with them.

Revolutionary War She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 07.09.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Women's contributions to our country's independence are not often acknowledged. As we celebrate the 4th of July and the birth of our country, see how many of the Revolutionary War she-roes you can match with her accomplishment.

Next Year in Philadelphia: A July 4th Afterthought

Steven Kurlander | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

The Declaration of Independence is a radical document signed by radical men. If it were read on a regular basis, the way we are being governed may be a lot different.

Punctuation Marks, Antonin Scalia, and the Farce of 'Originalism'

Steven Conn | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Pretending that reading a document like the Constitution is a simple, transparent and an entirely objective and neutral task is naïve at best, intellectually dishonest at worst.

Happy 'Independence Month'

Jay Lickus | Posted 07.07.2014 | Fifty
Jay Lickus

We have been led like sheep by our government and big retail business together to use this day, July 4th, to extol the wonders of our national history, the successes of our illustrious government, and historical traditions that define these here United States. Not any more!

In 2014, Still Not Independence Day for Women

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Irene Monroe

America's need to showcase her indomitable spirit of heroism this July 4th celebration arrives mired by the two recent Supreme Court -- both highlighting a "war against women."

Independents Day: A People's Upwising

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Steve Bhaerman

Faced with a system that is so rigged, so corrupt, so dysfunctional, we may finally discover the inner resources to become the citizens our Founders dreamed of.

Scholar Points Out Problematic Punctuation In Declaration Of Independence Transcript

The New York Times | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics

Every Fourth of July, some Americans sit down to read the Declaration of Independence, reacquainting themselves with the nation’s founding charter e...

It's Time to Declare Your Personal Independence

Josh Middleman | Posted 07.04.2014 | Business
Josh Middleman

Another Independence Day is upon us. This year, however, I'm calling on all those who yearn to be free of the shackles that bind them to a job or career, which is safe and known yet limiting and unfulfilling, to create the career of their dreams.

Here's How The U.S. Is Celebrating Independence Day

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics

The United States marked 238 years as an independent nation and celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks, food and music. Nature and politics also...

Declaration Of Interdependence

Col. Tom Manion | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Col. Tom Manion

We are abandoning the spirit of our nation's founders when we lose sight of those people around the world who are fighting for the same freedoms and opportunities our forefathers fought so valiantly for in the Revolutionary War.

Celebrating the Fourth of July in Dissent

Lara Bergthold | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Lara Bergthold

Although I think the founders didn't mean to exclude women, I know they didn't mean to include corporations. Religious freedom does not include the right to deny your employees contraception.

This Is Not Your Independence Day

Carina Kolodny | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Carina Kolodny

The 4th of July might commemorate the independence of our country -- but it also serves as a bitter reminder that in 1776, the country that I love had no place for me in it.

Rethinking the Fourth of July

Bill Bigelow | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

The Fourth of July's yahoo of fireworks turns an immensely complicated time in U.S. history into a cartoon of miseducation. There is a lot that complicates the events surrounding the Fourth of July and the Revolutionary War.

Why We Set Off Fireworks On The Fourth Of July

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

Ever wondered why we set off those humungous kaleidoscopes of gunpowder in our sky each Fourth of July? Apparently, the history of fireworks in Americ...

A Fragile Union

William E. White | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
William E. White

The United States of America: we take the name of our nation for granted. From the perspective of nearly two and a half centuries of history, it appears obvious that we should be one country, bound together by constitutional principles, stretching from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans.

Young People Helped Found This Country, It's Time for Us to Step Up and Lead Again

Stevaughn Bush | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Stevaughn Bush

Two centuries ago, a group of patriots came together and founded our great nation. Looking back, we see the powdered wigs and think of these Founding Fathers as experienced, middle-aged statesman. But in fact, young people were instrumental in leading the charge.

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

Scott D. Gerber | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Scott D. Gerber

The Fourth of July marks the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Monday was the final day of the U.S. Supreme Court's most recent term. The two have more in common than the justices on America's highest court seem to understand.

238 Years Later, Would Americans Still Choose Freedom Over Slavery?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Imagine the shock and outrage these 56 men would feel were they to discover that 238 years later, the government they had risked their lives to create has been transformed into a militaristic police state in which exercising one's freedoms is often viewed as a flagrant act of defiance.

Declare Your Independence

Rupa Mehta | Posted 06.30.2014 | 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.

Return of the Weasels

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.13.2014 | 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.

Degrees of Separation: A College Education for All

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 07.20.2014 | College
Robert E. Johnson

American education must be a promise of opportunity and access for all. The haves and the have-nots cannot be separated by degrees of inequality.

The Declaration of Ignorance?

Robert Walker | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

The history of scientists, climate scientists in particular, is a history of repeated usurpations of popular opinion, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over our uninformed views. To prove this, let the facts, as we choose to construe them, be submitted to the world.

The Goat and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations

Haggai Carmon | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
Haggai Carmon

On its face, the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's demand that as part of a final peace agreement with the Palestinians, the Palestinians declare tha...