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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.

Thomas Jefferson's Books Found In Wash U Library

AP | HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Dozens of Thomas Jefferson's books, some including handwritten notes from the nation's third president, have been found in the rare books collection a...

Google Ranking The Presidents

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Howard Steven Friedman

We find that the Google rankings of presidents corresponds very well to historians' rankings.

The Founding Fathers Were Not Libertarians

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

While I strongly disagree with the modern libertarian movement, I understand why my government-averse friends believe the things they believe, as opposed to, say, my friends who are Yankee fans.

Now the Hard Part for Egypt

Michael J. O'Neil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. O'Neil

Many thousands of Egyptians, fed up with thirty years of oppressive rule, successfully called for Mubarak's resignation. But if their focus remains on Mubarak, they're unlikely to end up with anything resembling real democracy.

We the People

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

We have lost our way and the Egyptian people in the streets of Cairo are shining a light for the world to see. If our President will not say it, then we must go to our proverbial rooftops and scream that freedom lives eternally.

America's History

Janet Langhart Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Langhart Cohen

We have a moral obligation to remember that truth, to prevent it from being twisted, disfigured or simply dropped as an unpleasant and insignificant part of our history. It is in our remembrance that freedom will continue to flourish.

Monticello Teams With Brewery To Launch Thomas Jefferson-Inspired Beer

AP | ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

RICHMOND, Va. — Thomas Jefferson is renowned for his many interests, including architecture, horticulture and inventing gadgets. Among the thir...

A Conversation Between James Madison and Thomas Jefferson

Al Eisele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Al Eisele

The present Congress, the 112th since we first met in Philadelphia 223 years ago, has had the temerity to read, and perhaps even revise, the sacred words by which we govern ourselves.

The F Word: Constitutional Lessons For the New Congress

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The Republican lawmakers who read the Constitution out loud as their very first act in the new Congress better bask in their Tea Party glow -- because they're not going to feel the love from Constitutional scholars.

Alexander Hamilton's Religion: A Temperate Example For Today's Fractured World

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

Which Hamilton -- the pious Christian, the deist, the skeptic, the religious free-marketeer -- would pass judgment on the secular/religious debates of contemporary America?

New Year's Resolutions Don't Work... Unless You Ask for Help

James M. Lynch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James M. Lynch

If you are ending the year with anything less than a "Wow, what a year," then the change you really need to make this year is to enlist help and support to achieve your goals. Shared goals are more likely to happen.

American Exceptionalism Is Un-American

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The boast of American exceptionalism betrays ignorance of the Founding Fathers and the tarnished history of the United States. In any event, to overlook faults because other nations are more flawed is juvenile, and leads nowhere.

Negativity and Partisan (De)Mobilization in the 2010 Midterms

Michael Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolf

Very few subjects stir interest like negative campaigns; voters dislike them; political consultants adore them; and political scientists scrutinize them. Two contradictory points are evident.

From Jefferson to Assange

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Scheer

It is outrageous for any journalist, or respecter of what every American president has claimed is our inalienable, God-given right to a free press, not to join in Assange's defense on the WikiLeaks issue.