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Spirit Of Independence: Best Books On Founding Fathers (And A Few Mothers Too)

Posted 09.03.2011 | Books

Yes, we know the 4th of July is more about fireworks and picnics than the Revolutionary War, but we are, after all, celebrating American Independence....

'God Of Liberty': The Role Of Religion In American Independence

Anil Mundra | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Anil Mundra

America has always been religious -- and also religiously diverse. The historical narrative suggests that it's this special combination to which the United States owes its existence.

The Damaging Three Words of the Declaration of Independence

Alison Owings | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Alison Owings

While Native Americans celebrate this 4th of July weekend, probably with hotdogs and fireworks, and possibly a powwow, I wonder whether we might all consider what that three word phrase wrought.

Freedom: What Do July 4th and Alice in Wonderland Have in Common?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.31.2011 | Books
C. M. Rubin

July 4, 1862 is also known to many as Alice in Wonderland Day, the day that commemorates Lewis Carroll's first telling of the famous children's story to his young inspiration, Alice Liddell.

Strauss-Kahn and the Age of Reputation

Steve Clemons | Posted 08.30.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

In today's fast-paced world, a reputation can be destroyed rapidly -- and if, as in the case of Strauss-Kahn it seems, the consequences of charges made actually precede the processing of those charges.

A Warning From Thomas Jefferson

Larry Flynt | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Larry Flynt

When it came to setting up our government, Thomas Jefferson had three concerns: tyranny of kings, tyranny of theocrats, and tyranny of the wealthy. For the time being we seem to be safe from kings and theocrats. We are not, however, safe from the superrich.

Thomas Jefferson, The American Mind and the Cosmic System

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

On May 26, 1776, John Adams, who represented Massachusetts at the Second Continental Congress, wrote exultantly to his friend James Warren that "every...

Unelectable Past Presidents: Part 1 of 3

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Hobratsch

The following are the first nine of twenty-seven American presidents that would not be electable today. It is interesting to ponder what the fate of these men would be in the 21st century.

Can We Please Get Out of Bed With Weiner?

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Ellis

Ideally, we'd like our leaders to set a good example, but should a (sometimes painfully stupid) personal mistake end a promising political career?

The Jefferson Key: Berry's Best

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 07.31.2011 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The Jefferson Key is Steve Berry at his very best. He manages to combine history with fiction in such a way that it all seems absolutely possible and believable.

McCain Dethrones the Rule of Law

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

John McCain's latest war gospel hangs an alarming tale. The rule of law has been dethroned and the president has been endowed with absolute power as the American Empire has eclipsed the American Republic.

Powerful Politicians and Their Wayward Wieners

Erin Gibson | Posted 07.20.2011 | Comedy
Erin Gibson

Strauss-Kahn, Schwarzenegger, Berlusconi -- why do men who run the world need so much sex? I know the answer. And when I tell you what it is, it's going to shock you. Like really, you're not going to believe it.

PHOTOS: Authors And The Trees That Inspired Them

Richard Horan | Posted 07.15.2011 | Books
Richard Horan

On a family vacation from Wisconsin to Dauphin Island, Alabama, we stopped at Lincoln's home in Springfield, IL to take a tour. In the front parlor there was a photograph of Honest Abe hanging on the wall.

Defining 'Deeper Thought' In American Schools

Peter Meyer | Posted 07.14.2011 | Education
Peter Meyer

If we're serious about winning the future or teaching children critical thinking skills or how to think deeply, we better get them a comprehensive, rigorous, and content specific curriculum.

California Struggles to Out-Dumb Texas

Bill Allen | Posted 07.13.2011 | Education
Bill Allen

For those who thought Texas holds a comfortable lead in dumbest assaults on education, the news that a California school board will mandate political influence into science topics will be worrisome.

Gerald Ford Wins His Place in History

Al Eisele | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Al Eisele

The unassuming former House Republican leader from Michigan joined the pantheon of America's greatest presidents on Tuesday when his statue was unveiled in an elaborate ceremony in the U.S. Capitol amid effusive bipartisan praise.

The Non-Imperial Presidency: Obama and Libya

William Bradley | Posted 06.21.2011 | World
William Bradley

Newscaster: The failure of today's pre-dawn Special Forces raid in Tripoli to catch or dispatch Moammar Gaddafi leaves the Obama Administration with a...

Still Looking for Alexander

David O. Stewart | Posted 06.13.2011 | Entertainment
David O. Stewart

If good intentions and a lively imagination were all that counted, the documentary Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton would be a masterwork.

It's Thomas Jefferson's Birthday, Not That He Would Have Celebrated

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 06.13.2011 | Politics

Today, we celebrate the birthday of Thomas Jefferson. Of course, everyone knows that Jefferson, born April 13, 1743, was the principal author of th...

Playing Presidents: Good History vs. Good Drama and The Actor JFK (and Jackie) Wanted To Play Him

Carl Sferrazza Anthony | Posted 06.07.2011 | Media
Carl Sferrazza Anthony

Whether filtered by an archivist, historian, editor, screenwriter, actor or director, perspective on the life of another person is ultimately subjective - and there's no group of people more highly susceptible to the subjective than the presidents.

Ethiopia: Broken Contract, Broken Faith, Broken Country

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

It isn't clear what Zenawi means in his repeated use of the word "contract" to describe the relationship between the people of Ethiopia and his party.

Museum Restores Jefferson's Unique Bible

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) A Smithsonian museum is restoring the "Jefferson Bible," a unique volume the third president cut and p...

Few Second Acts at U.Va.

J. Michael Welton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Pity the architects who've tried for almost 200 years to follow the genius of Thomas Jefferson at the University of Virginia.

What Today's Politicians Can Learn From Jefferson And Adams

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Earle McLeod

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams loved their country too much to settle for simplistic either/or debates. They believed we deserved better than that. I think we still do.

The Danger of Democracy in the Middle East: Free Elections May Not Produce Freedom

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

That we have spent more on arming Middle Eastern nations than on helping their people learn the art of republican government may well come back to haunt us in the months ahead.