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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.

George Washington -- Fighting for Slavery

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 08.11.2014 | 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 07.31.2014 | 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.

Prosecutors Open Another Front Of Christie Bridge Scandal Scrutiny

Wall Street Journal | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. subpoenaed a broad range of records last month from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a perso...

And the Last Shall Be First

Francis Levy | Posted 06.04.2014 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Think about all auspicious personalities whose last names are typical first names. At the top of the list you have Anne Frank and Pope Francis. But th...

Gunpowder Rye Whiskey: A Nod to the Past

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 06.03.2014 | Home
Sharon Kitchens

The Maryland-style ryes are just rye and barley, which gives them a kind of spicy character with a nice herbal quality.

What Did George Washington Do In This Room?

AP | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics

MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — George Washington ate here, but nearly as much as we first thought. The keepers of Washington's Mount Vernon estate on Fri...

What Are These Celebrities' Unusual Middle Names?

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 05.13.2014 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

This past Monday was National Middle Name Pride Day. But middle names weren't always popular in the United States.

The Aga Khan Helps Brown University Celebrate Its 250th

Samreen Hooda | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion
Samreen Hooda

In his lecture at Brown, the Aga Khan spoke about technology, knowledge gaps and the challenges of modern government in our fast-paced world.

The Tea Party, Our Founding Fathers, and the Fight Over Government

Mike Lux | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Getting our historical narrative right matters a lot, as we are still arguing about all the same things our nation's founders fought over. We need to be for a government that picks the right side to be on when it comes to our fights over the economy.

A Tale of Two Fathers

Steven Knapp | Posted 04.21.2014 | College
Steven Knapp

Each year at this time we celebrate the births of two of our nation's greatest leaders, Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Where Are You From?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 04.20.2014 | New York
Tinatin Japaridze

Does rooting for America in hockey and Russia in figure skating make me a "multi-nationalist" or a "patriotically challenged" citizen?