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I'm not sure which is worse: using bailout money to fund the making of outdated, gas-guzzling automobiles, or to pay executives to oversee the creation of embarrassingly bad advertisements for those cars.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

Islamophobia Threatens Tea Party's Ties to Its Origins and Future

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

What is so striking about some of the modern Islamophobes who call themselves Patriots is how their actual views run completely afoul of our most celebrated founding fathers, whom they say they pattern themselves after.

America's Unwavering Passion for Ice Cream

Matthew Jacob | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Matthew Jacob

In 2006, more than 4.3 billion pounds of ice cream were consumed in the U.S. Clearly, ice cream matters, and it has always mattered in America.

Robots: The New York Times vs. WPTZ

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

From childhood, I have always regarded The New York Times as the world's greatest newspaper, and the leading source of reasonably objective information. Yet, there is something about it that has always bothered me.

10 Presidential Decisions That Changed History (PHOTOS)

Thomas J. Craughwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Thomas J. Craughwell

The list that follows spotlights ten presidential decisions that helped define who we are and shaped how we live now.

Islam, the Founding Fathers and the 4th of July

Frankie Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frankie Martin

In a country where feelings against Islam are precarious, the outlook of the Founding Fathers, who openly embraced Muslims, could not be more significant.

Wal-Mart's Civil War Battle Gets Bloodier

Al Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Al Norman

This week, the first shot in a long legal battle over a 138,000 square foot Wal-superstore near the Wilderness Civil War battlefield, a site of immense historic significance, has hit Wal-Mart -- but its just a superficial wound.

The Spirit Of America: Rye Whiskeys For The Fourth Of July, And Every Other Day

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tony Sachs

With July 4th at hand, it's time to pay tribute to those uniquely American inventions that have made this country great. Baseball. Jazz. Blue jeans...

The Afghan War and the Spirit of Jefferson

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

On this 4th of July weekend, with General Petraeus taking command in Afghanistan, what would Thomas Jefferson do? Would he see the massive military and nation building mission in Afghanistan as a wise and necessary course of action?

The Forgotten Battle Which Won The American Revolution

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Revolutionary War lasted a lot longer than most of us realize. Begun in 1775, the war didn't end for six long years, and wasn't fully resolved for another two. The Battle of the Chesapeake, in particular, deserves to be remembered.

George Washington -- the Teflon Founding Father?

John Ferling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Ferling

As a historian of the American Revolution, I have learned that to write about the Founders is guaranteed to get a lively response from general readers; to criticize them can be asking for trouble.