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Private Faith in Public Life

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

We really need to stop this ridiculous argument about being a Christian nation. If there should be any doubt, let us listen to the founding fathers themselves.

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?

This Fourth of July, Celebrate 1776 -- The Movie

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

1776 is a reminder that the embrace of the status quo in the face of revolutionary ideas is nothing new. Nor is bloody legislative compromise or our ongoing frustration over a Congress mired in petty squabbling.

What Price for Freedom?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We must earn our right to be American. The bottom line is that we owe it to those who have put their lives on the line for our freedoms to make our citizenship count for something.

Falling Head Over Heels With I Am Love

Erica Abeel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Is it possible to be addicted to a movie? I've watched I Am Love by Luca Guadagnino three times, once in a theater, twice on a VCR, and I can feel an urge coming on for a fourth fix.

Were the Founding Fathers Alcoholics?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

I want to talk about how much the founding fathers drank. Quite a bit. Just think what would happen if a politician today drank anywhere near as much as they did at that Constitutional party.

Thomas Jefferson: A True American Radical

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Jefferson was a Renaissance man--a philosopher, architect, statesman and founder of the U. of Virginia--whose passion for individual freedom was rivaled only by his love of country.

The Curious Case of "The Al Qaeda 7"

James Campion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Campion

Anyone with a lust for martyrdom fueled by religious fantasy to destroy property, life and limb, has -- to any reasonable estimation -- officially checked out of society anyway, U.S. or otherwise.

Defending "Terrorists": What Would the Founders Do?

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

Why would John Adams defend British soldiers who killed American men in the Boston Massacre? It's a question that has taken on new poignancy with the recent controversy over the attacks by Elizabeth Cheney on the attorneys who defended some of the Guantanamo detainees.

Why We Need the Guantanamo Lawyers

Jesse Larner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Larner

Without the rule of law, without fair trials even for the despised, there is nothing else that can be called civilization, nothing else that civilized people can live, fight, or die for.

Liz Cheney Announces New "Unpatriotic Seven": Alexander Hamilton "Irate"

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Following Liz Cheney's call to remove the "Al-Qaeda Seven," here's a list of seven additional U.S. officials whose work on behalf of enemies of the state would make them unfit to serve their country.

Understanding Dick Cheney: The Power of the Undefeated Ex-VP

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Dick Cheney occupies a historically unique position: He is an ex-VP who left office electorally undefeated and has not sought the Presidency. As a result, he retains some of the trappings of an undefeated elder statesman.

Today in History: George Washington and John Adams

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

Adams famously described his position as "the most insignificant office," but this may have been due less to the job itself, and more to what it was like working under Washington.

Mighty Movie Podcast: The Underdog Bites Back: Tom Hooper on The Damned United

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

I've got nothing against sports films that exult in good sportsmanship and the triumph of the underdog. But I'm more inclined towards films like The Damned United that scrape past the noble veneer of sports.

Have We Forgotten God?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John W. Whitehead

Here again we witness the single outcome of a worldwide process, with East and West yielding the same results, and once again for the same reason: Men have forgotten God.

Justice Scalia's Cross

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Justice Scalia takes umbrage at the suggestion that an eight-foot-high Christian cross, erected as a memorial to soldiers killed in military service, violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause.

Obama's Beach Books -- and Yours

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rick Horowitz

The thing about beach books -- or even "beach books" -- isn't the total tonnage of the entire pile. It's the glow of the glorious possibilities.

Charlton Heston the Face of the USA? How Moses Was Chosen for the Great Seal

Bruce Feiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Feiler

The committee's report offers vivid, behind-the-scenes evidence that the founders of the United States viewed themselves as acting in the image of Moses.

Ah! The Glorious Second!!!

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Lurio

Today is the 233rd anniversary of the secession of 13 British North American Colonies from the Empire, thus creating the United States of America. So why do we celebrate on the 4th of July?

Fireworks and the Fourth

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

Though the beauty of fireworks against the night sky is incomparable, maybe we ought to be satisfied with good friends, good food, and an annual renewal of resolve to do some form of volunteer work to "make the world a better place."

Remember Mama?

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Gregory

The stress and struggles women workers and their families undergo while trying to do their jobs are not only a national disgrace -- they're completely unnecessary.

Seeking Happiness? Try Pursuing Purpose

Anne Dunev | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Dunev

It appears we contemporary Americans may have switched the interpretation of "pursuit of happiness" to "pursuit of pleasure."

President Obama's Rejection of American Cowardice

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

President Obama has made it clear that America is no longer in the business of selling out the legacy of our Founders and the mandates of the Constitution for the sake of a little bit of extra security.

Obama Should Not Thank Bush at the Inauguration

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

Do not be surprised if Obama thanks Bush for his service to the nation at the start of his inaugural address. But if one looks at history, one finds that this courtesy is more the exception than the rule.

Along Came Caroline. And Andrew. And Beau.

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

Speculation about Hillary Clinton's successor in the Senate will soon be moot, but the debate about America's political dynasties is hopefully just starting.