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The Panama Canal - Part 2 of 3

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

One hundred years later, Panama is a truly independent nation that with great sacrifices and diplomatic efforts managed to regain sovereignty over the Canal Zone. Nevertheless, reaching this point had a high cost for this young republic, which gradually is becoming a regional economic power.

Preserving the Legacy of North Dakota's Wild Horses

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

To diminish the animal kingdom is to diminish ourselves. This is the realm of philosophers, poets, healers and shamans. It is not necessarily incompatible with humane and thoughtful management.

Oil Drilling Encroaching On National Park Atop Bakken Shale

AP | JOSH WOOD | Posted 08.22.2014 | Green

THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, N.D. (AP) — After the last hints of sunset dip behind the hills, the North Dakota horizon comes alive with flicker...

Executive Orders and Dictatorship

Robert Slayton | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Here's the historic reality. When a president is doing something his ideological opponents don't like and don't support, they accuse him of an excessive grab for power... or worse.

Leaving Something to Future Generations: A Climate Change Challenge

Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg

"Leaving something" requires that we redefine economic growth away from the limitless accumulation of material goods and toward growth in the quality of life.

Political Insults: Cheap Shots or Do They Play an Important Role in American Politics?

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Politics is a funny business, and certainly not a good career choice for the thin-skinned. If you want to play in this game you've got to be prepared for highly insulting remarks not only about the positions you may hold, but about your personal life as well.

John Boehner Is Not the First GOP House Leader to Experience Dissention Within His Own Party

Rich Rubino | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Boehner is not the first Republican house leader to run into trouble. A thumbnail sketch of some past Republican house speakers and minority leaders shows that most have had defections from within their ranks and had to struggle to maintain power.

E.O. Wilson: Preserving Biodiversity Is an Ethical Imperative

Bill Chameides | Posted 04.19.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Two schools of thought -- sometimes working in unison and sometimes at odds with each other -- have driven much of the environmental movement in the United States over the past 100+ years.

The 10 Richest U.S. Presidents

24/7 Wall St. | Ashley C. Allen | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket, according to most political pundits. The pr...

UPDATE: College Dispute Claim That Harriet Beecher Stowe Wrote 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' In Home

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 02.14.2014 | Black Voices

UPDATE: Bowdoin College officials are disputing many of the claims made by those trying to sell the property, saying they lack factual evidence. Vice ...

Write a Bold Paragraph, Mr. President

William S. Becker | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
William S. Becker

There have been mixed messages from the White House in advance of President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union message next Tuesday. Will he be ...

Scuttle the 'Bully Pulpit' Metaphor

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As it is often said that "elections have consequences," in fact so do words. Therefore, let us assign and bury the "bully pulpit" to the archives of linguistics.

America Needs Some Homegrown Heroes Like Mandela

Steven Kurlander | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Steven Kurlander

Mandela's death sparked an almost forgotten allure toward hero worship. That was once reserved for outstanding Americans, who epitomized Americans' understanding of history and heroism. In this context, our president led the way.

Who's in Charge on the Asia-Pacific Pivot? Biden, Hagel, Navy, Obama, Nobody?

William Bradley | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Vice President Joe Biden's very high profile Asia-Pacific trip this week points up a very key question with regard to the Obama Administration's pivot from the Middle East and Central Asia to the Asia-Pacific. Who's in charge, anyway?

11/22/63: Gun Control, Anyone?

Denise Bostrom | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Denise Bostrom

I believe the time has come to reconsider how we wish to leave our country for our children and theirs. As the anniversary of the school shooting in Newton, Connecticut (12/13/13), approaches, I believe that together, we have the ability to spare our children and country.

If Kennedy Lost...

Ross M. Wallenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ross M. Wallenstein

The "what ifs" surrounding President John F. Kennedy's death have fascinated historians and history buffs like me for half a century. Yet they almost always presume reelection.

Children and American Leadership: What Would the Roosevelts Do?

Bruce Lesley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Children are still struggling with high poverty, hunger, insecure housing, child abuse, inadequate early childhood services, and cuts to education that are leading millions of children down a pathway toward a dark and uncertain future. It is time we address their needs. Our future depends on it.

China Amps Up Its Soft Power in the South China Sea While Washington Shows the Flag

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

The federal government shutdown debacle finally ended, but its effects live on. In this case, continuing to effect America's Asia-Pacific pivot, our big geopolitical shift from fateful over-engagement with the Islamic world of the Middle East and Central Asia to heightened engagement with the rising Asia-Pacific.

Distractions and Confidence: The Rot of the Present vs. the Root in the Past

William Bradley | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

In the big world beyond the vastly expensive Beltway sandbox of vicious political ping pong and hyper-partisan gamesmanship, China's official press agency is using the debacle to call for "a de-Americanized world."

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.

Ah, About Those Special Ops Raids ...

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
William Bradley

Last weekend, in the midst of all the tumult over the debacle that is the federal government shutdown, came word of these two dramatic US special operations forces raids against jihadist leaders in Libya and Somalia.

Political Family Feuds: The Good, the Bad, and the Really Ugly

Rich Rubino | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Throughout American history, political family dynasties have not been uncommon. However, these families have not always acted in unison. In fact, in some cases American political families have been split asunder by divergent political loyalties.

Unexpected Presidencies

Rich Rubino | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Becoming president isn't always the result of years of strategic maneuvering and winning over a widespread section of constituencies and benefactors. As odd it may seem, sometimes becoming president can simply be the result of being in the right place at the right time.

Three Cheers for Regulation!

Steven Conn | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

There are plenty of places around the globe where the private sector isn't burdened by regulation. Like Bangladesh, where under-regulated factory operations yield cheap clothing at the price of human life. Or China, where you can't ever be quite sure what you're eating and whether it will poison you.

Why Those Without Kids Should Never Give Parenting Advice

John Blumenthal | Posted 06.30.2013 | Fifty
John Blumenthal

My daughters are grown up now -- both of them in their mid-twenties, both well-adjusted and successful -- but I remember receiving a lot of unsolicited (and mostly misguided) advice and criticism from childless people regarding the way my wife and I were raising them.