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A Christmas Story Every American Should Read

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 12.18.2014 | Books
Cari E. Guittard

This story is small but powerful and its lessons timeless. If only every elected official in D.C. and across the country would read this over the holiday break perhaps we might inspire the seeds of a new kind of leadership this spring. One can only hope.

4 Celebrities Named for 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.16.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

It won't be long until genealogy fans and history buffs can get another hit of watching celebrities time travel to their roots. TLC's next season of...

Obama's Executive Orders: Can We Talk?

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

As Washington leaders charge headlong into a clash over President Obama's plan to issue executive orders on immigration, can we take a minute and talk about what executive orders are?

The Presidents of Mount Rushmore: Could Any of Them Win the Election Today?

Gerry Myers | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Who do you think Doane Robinson would have chosen for "Mount Rushmore" if it were being sculpted today? Do you think there are other presidents who are Mount Rushmore worthy?

Girl Crushed She Can't Meet George Washington, Says Obama Won't Do

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents

It might be a given that men born in the 18th century aren't currently available for meet and greets, but it was news for little Ava, who apparently h...

A People's Holiday of the United States

John K. Herr | Posted 12.15.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

President Obama today thanked the American people for "standing up to oppression" by protesting the Columbus Day holiday. He vowed to take aggressive action to "right the wrongs of our current outmoded holiday calendar" as we "embark on a new era of fairness and equality."

When Excellent Sheep Grow Up

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 12.15.2014 | Books
Aaron Zelinsky

Many have identified the weaknesses in Deresiewicz's jeremiad. In his forthcoming novel, Supreme Ambitions, David Lat, founder of the legal blog Above the Law, takes a different approach. What happens, he asks, to all those excellent sheep after graduation? His answer won't surprise many: The sheep get herded to law school.

Our Court Needs More Supremes

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

What would having more Justices achieve? Ideally, a Court with a greater plurality of perspectives, a greater depth and breadth of experiences, backgrounds, value systems and approaches to their duties.

Scary Times Call For a Great President: Paul Krugman's Defense of Obama

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

Contrary to conventional wisdom, and many polls, Barack Obama is exactly the right kind of pragmatic leader we need to have as President in these scary times. His steadfastness steered the country through the worst recession since the 1930s.

Growing up a "Patriot"?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.15.2014 | 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.

George Washington -- Fighting for Slavery

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Michael Rosenblum

Bury The Chains is the story of the fight to end slavery in the British Empire at the end of the 18th Century.

United States of ... Spain?

Guillermo Fesser | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Guillermo Fesser

The Spanish legacy in the US is something nobody seems to have a clue about. Neither Americans, nor Spaniards. Two thirds of the actual territory of the U.S. was once under Spanish rule, and for some reason, that fascinating part of history has never been told.

Trivia: Seven Questions and Answers about the Declaration of Independence

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.11.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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.

The Surprising Drinking Habits Of Our Founding Fathers

The Daily Meal | Posted 09.03.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Aiding the framers through the birth of modern democracy was an astronomical amount of booze.

Week to Week News Quiz: Fourth of July 2014 Special Edition

John Zipperer | Posted 09.02.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

We've got a special Independence Day test, so take our news quiz to see what you know about America's birthday.

Howard Fineman

Hillary's Bio Is A Hard Slog, But These Political Memoirs Are Well Worth Your Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton launched her book tour here amid the screeching of partisan spin and the collective yawn of would-be literary critics in t...

In Wake of Las Vegas Killings, It's Time to Tread on Insurrectionists

Josh Horwitz | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

The Millers' involvement in Bunkerville should be a glaring red flag to every American who cares about the democratic principles of government established by our Constitution. It should also be a wake-up call to our government.

Meatless Monday: Boston Uncommon

Ellen Kanner | Posted 08.09.2014 | Green
Ellen Kanner

I'm right proud to have made The Boston Calendar's coveted list of Events That Don't Suck. Back at ya, Boston, it didn't suck for me, either. It was w...

The Constitution Is Outdated; Let's Change It

Galanty Miller | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Galanty Miller

Understand that "founding fathers" is just a romanticized term. Thomas Jefferson was not your actual father. He didn't take you to baseball games. Things change. Is it so unreasonable to think that?

Expanded Clemency Program Deserves Bipartisan Support

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Inimai Chettiar

Until Congress passes bills like Rob Portman's Second Chance Reauthorization Act, or the bipartisan Smarter Sentencing Act, we'll remain a long way off from a fair, effective criminal justice system.

From the Washington Monument, You Can See All of America

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 07.11.2014 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

In an era of increasingly tight government budgets, these public-private partnerships are critical to finance needed infrastructure projects. Such partnerships are uniquely American, and give everyone an opportunity to make a difference.

Transhumanists and Libertarians Have Much in Common

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Libertarianism and transhumanism have too many deep philosophical principles in common to not grow and evolve together. The all-important role of personal freedom makes the two ideologies a natural fit for one another.

Is Cliven Bundy the New NRA Poster Child?

Josh Horwitz | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

The armed gathering of pro-gun activists, anti-government groups and right-wing-politicians at Bundy's ranch did not happen in a political vacuum.

12 Top Picks in Princeton, NJ

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 06.15.2014 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

There's so much more to Princeton and its environs than just the university. Come for a few days, and though your IQ might not rise to the level of former resident Albert Einstein's, you're sure to have great meals and great fun.