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How Jesus Took America Hostage -- "American Jesus" the Movie

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.30.2013 | Entertainment
Frank Schaeffer

American Jesus shows that in the American religious community life goes on as if the Enlightenment had never taken place.

Government Shutdown: It's Not About the Economy, Stupid. In America It's Always About God

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The reality based community suffers from its own version of closed circuit thinking. Ironically it's their reasonable commitment to reason that blinds many people to what is underlying our poisonous political climate on the right wing fringe.

The Virtual Absence of Germany's Concrete Effects on Europe in the Current Campaign for the Bundestag

Andrei Markovits | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Andrei Markovits

None of the German contestants likely to enter the Bundestag are running against Europe or exhibit any Europhobia of note.

The United States Needs to Stay Out of Syria

Steve Siebold | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Anyone who believes limited strikes will not escalate into larger scale commitment is underestimating the complexity of the conflict. And besides, the United States isn't even committed to a regime change.

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Famed Journalist Daniel Schorr Teaches Lasting Life Lessons

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 10.31.2013 | Media
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

Thirty-three years ago, Dan hired me as a 23-year-old straight out of journalism school -- surely the latest in a long-line of short-lived assistants. These were the first few days of the fledgling Cable News Network (CNN), June of 1980. Unlike his first attempts, Dan and I clicked.

U.S. Depleted Uranium as Malicious as Syrian Chemical Weapons

Craig Considine | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Craig Considine

When "non-Westerners" make use of weapons of mass destruction, there is outrage and calls for military intervention from "the West," but when "Westerners" themselves use them, it is totally permissible, and the world can hardly react.

Just Laws vs. Unjust Laws

Brian Penny | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Brian Penny

Much like Bradley Manning, terrorist Paul Revere aided and abetted the enemy when he leaked British troop movements to the American patriots. Centuries before Edward Snowden's leak, Benjamin Franklin leaked confidential government letters. Why isn't Snowden's face on our currency?

From One President to Another: An Open Letter to Obama

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Victor M. Feraru

Do you really expect Russian leaders to take your rhetoric seriously? I think not, Mr. President.

Why Men Must 'Lean In' to Support Women's Leadership

Craig Newmark | Posted 10.09.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Guys, let's help get more women into public office. Okay, this is about fairness, and getting better government everywhere. I feel that we should tr...

Is Anthony Weiner to Blame for the Media Circus in the New York City Mayoral Race?

Mario Almonte | Posted 10.07.2013 | Media
Mario Almonte

Journalists and bloggers, like giggling, grade-school children, can't seem to contain themselves over the opportunity to make fun of the boy in the mayoral race with a name that sounds like a male body part.

Exit Wound: Who Will Take on Gun Control?

Michelle Schimel | Posted 10.06.2013 | New York
Michelle Schimel

Mayor Bloomberg hasn't shied away from this challenge, and his support has been critical to the successes we have had in reducing gun crimes. I am concerned that his departure will be a setback to our continued efforts to crack down on illegal guns.

What Can We Learn From Powerful Political Men Behaving Badly?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

What are we to make of these powerful men behaving badly? Are there lessons we can learn from them? I would suggest the answer is "yes."

'GOP Leadership': Oxymoron

David Peck | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
David Peck

Between killing innovation and beating a dead horse, the phrase 'GOP leadership' has stamped its walk-of-shame footprints in oxymoronic cement, to join the likes of 'jumbo shrimp' and 'political science.'

Power, Bad Behavior and Who We Are

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Mark Rubinstein

Is it worrisome that our federal government is paralyzed in partisan deadlock? Have we so little expectation of officeholders that we view politics as simply a sideshow; and if we vote at all, do we pull the lever based on nothing more than name recognition?

Put Away the Pom-Poms: Tackling Spending, Debt Still Needed

Pete Hegseth | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Pete Hegseth

A smaller deficit is welcome, but we're nowhere close to a responsible fiscal course, and the president's ever-expanding spending plans -- and desires to hike taxes even more -- won't get us there either.

Why Isn't the Government Monitoring the Banks?

Brian Penny | Posted 07.14.2013 | Business
Brian Penny

Snowden recently released info showing Microsoft is working with the government, granting backdoor access to monitor private citizens for terrorist ac...

A minimum wage history in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

A bill before the Illinois General Assembly seeks to raise the state's minimum wage from its current $8.25 an hour to $10 an hour over three years....

North Carolina Is Restricting Women's Reproductive Rights -- Again

Joanne Spataro | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Joanne Spataro

It's strange to live in a state where my birth control pills are free under my insurance through the national Affordable Care Act but a local employer could refuse them at all because it goes against their religious or moral beliefs.

Laughing Matters: U.S. Government vs. Voices of Conscience

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 08.19.2013 | World
Subhankar Banerjee

The US government and voices of conscience are now engaged in a war -- not a laughing matter. We can only hope -- to make sense of this ongoing war -- there will be humor.

Snowden's Perspective

Brian Penny | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics
Brian Penny

Gary Webb is the journalist who blew the whistle on the CIA during the Iran Contra scandal in the 1980's. In 2005, Webb reportedly "committed suicide"...

I Am Bradley Manning...

Brian Penny | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Brian Penny

The methods I used as a civilian keep me on the right side of the law. The corruption I fought was in the private sector. I walk free, albeit monitored by the military, police, and various other entities. Bradley doesn't share that blessing of freedom with me.

World Oceans Day: Time to Stop the War on Our Oceans

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Protecting the oceans isn't about political power; it's about empowering the people. Forget about Citizens United. We have our voices and we have our votes, and if we have the will to win, that's all we need. We will prevail in protecting the oceans.

Unreliable Sources: How the Media Help the Kochs & ExxonMobil Spread Climate Disinformation

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Media
Elliott Negin

When it comes to climate, identifiable contrarian groups share the same goals as their corporate underwriters: sow doubt about the reality or seriousness of global warming, stifle government efforts to curb carbon emissions, and hinder the growth of renewable energy technologies.

Give Us Five: A Fully Functioning NLRB Needs All Five Members

Larry Cohen | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Larry Cohen

They know that even under the best circumstances, justice is hard to come by. Now, the Senate is making it virtually impossible for workers to gain the justice they deserve. And what does that say about our democracy?

Morocco and US Must Not Let Recent Spat Harm Their Historic Friendship

Craig Considine | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Craig Considine

Both countries should remain in harmony and continue to be worthy companions as they embark on stabilizing a region in which they both have security interests.