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America's History

Janet Langhart Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Langhart Cohen

We have a moral obligation to remember that truth, to prevent it from being twisted, disfigured or simply dropped as an unpleasant and insignificant part of our history. It is in our remembrance that freedom will continue to flourish.

The Inner Circle: Where's The Rest Of The Story?

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Novelist Brad Meltzer weaves a story of political intrigue, but his latest novel The Inner Circle feels like a story only half told.

Court Nullifies Election: Better Luck Next Time

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

If the Icelandic government decides to hold a second election for the Constitutional Convention, it is to be hoped that the powers-that-be go beyond simply tweaking the ballots and the voting booths.

The President's Greatest Secret

Brad Meltzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Brad Meltzer

But the more times I read the letter, I quickly realized that what Bush had sent me was the greatest secret of the US Presidency.

You Are What You Know

Henry J. Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

In law, people may be found competent or incompetent to be accountable for criminal their behavior. With public officials, we are writing about crime in an attenuated sense.

Henry Kissinger: Moral Midget Destined for Obscurity

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

At key points in his ego-driven career, Henry Kissinger was confronted with a choice between power and moral principle. He chose power, and became a moral dwarf.

Best Nonfiction Books For Winning Family Arguments

npr.org | By Isabel Wilkerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's an annual holiday tradition, usually served after a few glasses of wine, but before the turkey is carved: the long, drawn-out debate about curren...

Barbados: The Good-Time Caribbean Island

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Dwight Brown

Tony resorts are plentiful, cultural and historical sites abound, a variety of accessible sports and superb restaurants mean you'll have a good time in Barbados.

Poison Ivy Leagues: Should America Look Elsewhere for Its Leaders?

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Brian Ross

What do the disasters of George W. Bush, the Wall Street melt-down, and the poison of the Tea Party all have in common? Politicos and their puppet ma...

An Atheist's Thanksgiving Confessions

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Valerie Tarico

Thanksgiving was a religious holiday for me just as it was for generations of American Christians. But God is no more at the heart of Thanksgiving than brutality is -- meaning both were, and both can be, but neither must be.

Thinking on George Washington and Barack Obama at Thankgiving

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Barack Obama could become the George Washington of a next era for the country -- but he's going to have to learn how to be less acquiescent to the political weather.

Hey George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, What Was Plan B?

Mike Hegedus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Hegedus

The popular definition of insanity is to keep repeating the same action over and over again expecting a different result. Tuesday's mid-term elections...

George Washington Orders All Californians to Legalize Pot

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Harvey Wasserman

Tom Jefferson preferred marijuana to tobacco, or to any other crop he grew. He wrote his wonderful Declaration on paper made from it. Ben Franklin built an entire mill that used hemp as its primary stock.

A President in Pain

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kate Kelly

But it becomes very clear that toothaches and mouth pain were a bothersome daily issue for George Washington. What's more, he was very self-conscious as to how the substitute teeth made him look.

Hemp is the Hidden Key to Legal Marijuana

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

When Californians go to the polls November 2, they may end a marijuana prohibition that's had devastating impacts on state's public health and civil liberties, while costing it billions.

Chrysler Still Doesn't Get It and We Get Stuck With the Bill

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

I'm not sure which is worse: using bailout money to fund the making of outdated, gas-guzzling automobiles, or to pay executives to oversee the creation of embarrassingly bad advertisements for those cars.

The Myth of American Religious Tolerance

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kenneth C. Davis

In the Oct. 2010 issue of Smithsonian, I delve into the real history of America's attitudes about religion, and it is a far different picture from the tidy tableau and storybook version of tolerance that we tell our children.

Washington Biography

New Yorker | Jill Lepore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Washington's contemporaries saw in him what they wanted to see. So have his biographers, of whom there have been many, including a delegate to the Con...

Obama Children's Book `Of Thee I Sing' Out Nov. 16

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Coming two weeks after Election Day, a book from President Barack Obama for some of the nation's nonvoters: inspirational stories for...

"American Tune": A Playlist For These Un-United States

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

I had a waking dream last night in which Newt Gingrich was lobbying to have the word "United" in the "United States Of America" formally removed once and for all.

A Mosque at Ground Zero: Desperately Seeking George Washington's Wisdom

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Let's face the fact: What does it mean to assert that a mosque "desecrates" hallowed ground? It means that the desecrating being done is by people who are evil, unclean. And that is wrong, wrong, wrong.

Newt and Nazis: Aiding and Abetting bin Laden

Philip Smucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Smucker

When Americans vilify Muslims en masse by considering them as enemies or potential enemies, al Qaeda's recruiting efforts are made easy.

President George Washington's Letter to the Jews of Rhode Island Applies to the Muslims of New York

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Koch

Obama was right to express his views on constructing a mosque near Ground Zero. His position will be remembered with the same regard as George Washington's letter to the Jews who built the Touro Synagogue.

Debate Over Ground Zero Mosque Is About American Values

Matthew Duss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Duss

If Gingrich, Palin, Kristol and Cheney think that George Washington was wrong about American tolerance and religious freedom, let them say so.

Newt Gingrich's New Clash of Civilizations

Philip Smucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Smucker

There is a new and disturbing trend towards Muslim bashing in the United States. If it continues apace it is likely to help stir up a real national "clash of civilizations."