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The Revelation at Sinai Was Real

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Many religious systems have borrowed various concepts from Judaism -- from Sabbath observance to dietary laws to moral code. If it is so easy to scam the masses, why wouldn't they borrow our revelation narrative?

Stepping Out Gracefully, Without Stepping in It -- How About Mandela?

Juliet Asante | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Juliet Asante

Stepping out gracefully, without stepping in was one of the themes at the Aspen gathering this year. I remember sitting in the room and taking it all ...

On Leadership: From Washington to Mandela

Jana Novak | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Jana Novak

It is not that both were not ambitious men who aspired to power -- they both certainly were. It is that they both were leaders who understood that, as Voltaire said, with great power comes great responsibility.

U.S. History 101: The Drinkable Version

Anneli Rufus | Posted 01.26.2014 | Taste
Anneli Rufus

Just as it has done with yogurt and deities, this nation has transformed alcoholic beverages invented elsewhere into diehard American classics.

The True Patriots in Congress Trying to End NSA Tyranny

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Good old George can stop spinning in his grave. Yes, our most heroic general and inspiring president, who warned us in his farewell address "to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." It's an alert that's been ignored in the nation's hysterical reaction to the attacks of 9/11.

The Buck Stops Here, Mr. President

Harlow Giles Unger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Harlow Giles Unger

The Constitution is clear: the president must "take care that the laws be faithfully executed," and when our first president, George Washington, took office he imposed a strict rule that "whatever is required" of his subordinates "be punctually complied with."

VIDEO: Who Was George Washington?

Scott Bateman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Scott Bateman

Very little is known about the Father of His Country, George Washington. But Disalmanac has the shocking fact-like facts about the man who led the U.S. to independence!

America's Amoral Constitution

Richard Albert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard Albert

Today the United States Constitution may have fewer imitators than ever before. The influence abroad of the Constitution has declined dramatically since its bicentennial in 1976.

Remembering Greatness on Capitol Hill

Ladan Rafii | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Ladan Rafii

It really is an honor and privilege to be there, and such a pleasure too. So why can't it be a harmonious environment instead of a place of rancor, infighting and dysfunction, as revealed to the entire world during the recent shutdown?

Sgt. Chuck Hagel Still: Talking with the Defense Secretary

Steve Clemons | Posted 12.12.2013 | Politics
Steve Clemons

While Hagel clearly has his views of the world informed in part by a lifetime as a card-carrying Republican, he has shown himself to be the 'quiet do-er,' just getting things done.

Great Nations Pay Their Bills

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Today's debate may be polarized, but no one seriously expects half the nation to secede because of it. And yet, in the early days of the American experiment, that's how controversial the national debt was.

Library Dedicated To Washington Opens

AP | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

MOUNT VERNON, Va. -- After years of planning and a $100 million fundraising campaign, George Washington's Mount Vernon estate is formally opening a ne...

How Would America's Founding Fathers React to Syria?

Craig Considine | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics
Craig Considine

Arguably, by intervening in Syria's civil war, President Obama is ignoring Washington's advice and repeating the mistakes of the Bush administration in aggressively invading foreign countries that pose little threat to the direct security of American citizens.

Why We Fought the Civil War: Reading Thomas Fleming's A Disease of the Public Mind

Warren Adler | Posted 10.27.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

Fleming clearly reiterates the point that from our beginnings as a nation we have been plagued by the moral dilemma posed by the entrenched and repugnant institution of slavery.

PHOTOS: D.C. Museum Features Weird History

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 08.14.2013 | Travel

WASHINGTON -- There aren't many places where you can see George Washington's hair, a stone from Joan of Arc's dungeon and a fence rail split by Abraha...

Founding Teenagers: How Old Were They on July 4, 1776?

Todd Andrlik | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Todd Andrlik

It's a simple question -- perhaps so basic that it's been overlooked. How old were the key participants of the American Revolution?

Henry Louis Gates' Next PBS Documentary

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 10.07.2013 | Black Voices

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — After a tragedy like the Trayvon Martin killing, calls routinely arise for a conversation about race.But Henry Louis Gat...

Who, What, Where, Why and How

Lisa Longo | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

We hear so much about the Founding Fathers and how we should adhere to their "vision" of America. I decided it was time to find out a few facts about what these Founding Fathers actually thought.

Fostering Civic Virtue

Terry Newell | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Terry Newell

In his Farewell Address, George Washington announced that he would leave the presidency after two terms. He spent the opening paragraphs justifying hi...

More Americans Want Government Out of International Affairs

Christopher McKnight Nichols | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Christopher McKnight Nichols

The number of Americans wanting their government to stay out of international affairs is higher than it has been since the Vietnam War, according to a new analysis.

The Spirits of America: Ryes & Bourbons for Celebrating July 4th

Tony Sachs | Posted 09.01.2013 | Taste
Tony Sachs

These bourbons and ryes will make you proud of our country.

Historic Washington Letter Nets Huge Haul

AP | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A letter in which George Washington offers his positive views on the newly drafted Constitution has sold for $1.4 million in New York. It...

George Washington Owned This Property, And For $25 Million It Can Be Yours!

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.20.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- It's a common adage in the D.C. area that any building more than 200 years old can claim, "George Washington slept here." In the...

Honoring Muslim American Veterans On Memorial Day

Craig Considine | Posted 07.26.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Under George Washington, several Muslim Americans served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Bampett Muhammad, for example, fought for the "Virginia Line" between 1775 and 1783.

Can Burma Take a Lesson From George Washington?

Rena Pederson | Posted 07.24.2013 | World
Rena Pederson

A series of decision points for Thein Sein will soon tell whether Burma means business: Will the military-dominated Constitution be liberalized to allow more inclusion? Will cease-fires with ethic groups be honored? Will more political prisoners be released?