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Teddy Roosevelt.

Saber Rattling, Mostly Foolhardy, From the Potomac to the Pacific

William Bradley | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

A bitter extended exchange between two very old friends from Capitol Hill's contingent of Vietnam vets -- Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain -- captured the spirit of anger and disarray that presently characterizes America's geopolitical posture.

Congress Expected to Vote Today on GOP Bill Attacking National Parks, Antiquities Act

Bob Cesca | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

In order to build the National Park Service for posterity, we all have to make at least a small effort to block attempts to destroy it. Clearly, the GOP is only concerned with scoring points with fringe wackadoodles who can't seem to remember anything that happened prior to January 20, 2009.

Conservatives: The Minimum Wage Is Socialism

Mike Lux | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Listening to conservatives at the CPAC conference last week is a remarkable experience. It might make you laugh, it might make you cry, or most likely both. It will probably give you a headache and raise your blood pressure if you listen too long, so do be careful.

Bill de Blasio Lifts the Left

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Bill de Blasio has lifted the left and is a man to watch in 2014. I have a hunch that the next Democratic nominee for president will be watching him closely, too.

Are There Some Bullies We Like and Is Chris Christie One of Them?

Jill Brooke | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Jill Brooke

If Christie really wants to issue a genuine apology, he could start by admitting, in time-honored 12-step fashion, the obvious: My name is Chris Christie and I am a bully.

Political Entrepreneurs Need a New Teddy Bear

Kahlil Byrd | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Kahlil Byrd

Our not-so-secret wish is that the next president be an aggressive, committed political reformer. Whether emerging from the right or left, this man or woman should seek to pattern the creativity, drive, and entrepreneurial spirit of Teddy Roosevelt.

Ringing Out the Old: Discriminatory Health Insurance Now Outlawed in America

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

As the D.C. media feigns apoplexy over enrollment rates in the Affordable Care Act, the rest of the country will awaken to a world in which people with pre-existing illnesses will be covered and people will not live in constant fear of being an illness away from bankruptcy.

Iran, Israel and the Failure to Speak Softly

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Reese Schonfeld

I am not a member of, nor do I support, the Israeli lobby in Washington, but Iran's flat refusal to recognize Israel or "change its stance" disappoints all of us who hope for some sort of peace in the Middle East and some accommodation between the countries existing there.

Closing the Skills Gap

Rep. Bill Owens | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Rep. Bill Owens

As we take stock of the many things for which we are thankful, we are at a defining moment. Our economy is improving but we still have room to grow. To speed growth, we must close the widening skills gap that exists in communities across the country.

Equality Is Good For Everyone!

Harlan Green | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

It looks like some states are beginning to take the equality issue seriously again. Massachusetts just raised their minimum wage to $10 per hour, Cali...

Men And Women in The Arena

Philip Pumerantz | Posted 12.16.2013 | College
Philip Pumerantz

Success in any worthy endeavor is bumpy along the way. Go ahead. Randomly select a scientific or social wonder that we take for granted today, and chart its course to success. At some point -- probably at several points -- its developers said, in moments of weakness, "I give up," or "It's just not going to happen." Yet they soldiered on, and we are the richer for it.

Football and Ancient Athens

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Aristotle Tziampiris

By embracing a culture of innovation, demanding a sound mind in a sound body and accepting the challenges and dangers of annual war-like campaigns, the modern NFL comes close to exemplifying the spirit of ancient Athens.

Can the Environment Save the Republican Party?

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

To become vibrant once again, the GOP has to stop featuring the craziest voices in its choir and start singing a tune that appeals to more voters. The environment is a good place to start.

Where Did All the Farmers Go?

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 10.18.2013 | Green
Michael Rosenblum

Sometimes you get a confluence of things you read that give you a new insight into the way things work.

The Most Famous Man You Never Heard Of: Part III

Helen Davey | Posted 09.24.2013 | Green
Helen Davey

In Parts I and II, I described John's developing passion for nature, which I interpreted grew out of his experience of traumatic loss. From the loss of his mother, to his being "put out to service," John undoubtedly felt both bereft and constrained.

The Bodie Hills: An American Treasure

Mark Starr | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Mark Starr

Lands such as the Bodie Hills are truly sacred to many of us who have served, as they offer us a chance to find a spiritual peace. Talk to many veterans who have served on the battlefield and they will tell you about their difficult journey to reintegrate upon their return home.

Austerinomics, the Anti-Growth Orthodoxy

Harlan Green | Posted 07.07.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Once again, Karl Rove/GW Bush attempted to turn the clock back to the beginning of the 19th century, and we are now living with the consequences--wars and budget deficits without end. It's hard to see what form a new nationalism will take, until and unless a new Teddy Roosevelt comes along.

David Stockman's Crony Capitalism

Harlan Green | Posted 06.09.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

David Stockman's New York Times 'rant' glorifies the gold standard and denigrates government for standing in the way of putting "free markets and genuine wealth creation back into capitalism." In fact, Stockman would return us to an earlier era of crony capitalism.

WATCH: 45 Things You Didn't Know About Presidents

Posted 03.28.2013 | Comedy

In this video from Mental Floss, John Green tells 45 facts about presidents that even the biggest presidential trivia nuts may not have known about. L...

Inside the President's Climate Toolbox, Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 04.08.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Now, as FDR concluded about the Great Depression, climate disruption is invading the United States like a foreign enemy. It is inflicting physical damages, loss of life and growing burdens on federal spending and the economy.

Congress at the Crossroads

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

The sorry performance of the 112th Congress brought the perception of this once-esteemed body to what is probably an all-time low. If the 113th replicates the behavior of the 112th, Congress' prestige will be driven so far underground that it will never again be resurrected.

A Silver Lining to the Ban on Russia-to-U.S. Adoptions

John M. Simmons | Posted 03.06.2013 | Parents
John M. Simmons

In 2005, my wife, Amy, and I adopted three children from Russia. As we were wrapping up those adoptions, we saw a document indicating that our new daughters had older siblings. It took us another year and a half to locate them, but they are now part of our family of eleven, too.

5 Modern Presidents Over 200 Pounds

Posted 12.12.2012 | Healthy Living

When Barbara Walters asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie whether he is too fat to become president, Christie dismissed the question as "ridiculous," ...

Is Life Insurance an 'Entitlement?'

Donald Sutherland | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics
Donald Sutherland

If you don't think it is, then how in the devil did the Republicans manage to persuade the Democrats that Social Security is!

The Power of the President

Mike Lux | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

It's not just legal action that is important here either: the regulations being written right now under Dodd-Frank will go a long ways toward either helping or hurting our chances of getting back on the path to a strong economy.