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The Founders and the Creation of the American State

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The Tea Partiers are not entirely wrong to warn about the potential of the state to repress freedom, but in overlooking the role of the state in ensuring these freedoms, they foolishly misread history.

Thomas Jefferson: A True American Radical

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Jefferson was a Renaissance man--a philosopher, architect, statesman and founder of the U. of Virginia--whose passion for individual freedom was rivaled only by his love of country.

A Journey into America, Past and Present

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Akbar Ahmed

Muslims are for Americans what the Russians were for Churchill: "A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." While the post-9/11 period brought...

In Writing, Art, And Music, Everybody Steals

David Shields | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Shields

The citation of sources belongs to the realms of journalism and scholarship, not art. Citation domesticates the work, flattens it, denudes, it, robs it of its excitement, risk, danger.

America's Poorest Presidents (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

US Presidents are, by nature, risk takers. You have to be to "lead the nation into war, annex millions of square miles of territory, or drop the atom...

When Faith Trumps Reason: the Curse of Scientific Illiteracy

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Steeped in the wasteland of scientific illiteracy we in Texas descend ever further toward a theocracy, in danger of becoming the Iran of the West, or a bad copy of the former Soviet Union.

How Texas' School Board Tried to Pretend Slavery Never Happened and Why Your Kid's School May Be Next

Bryan Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bryan Monroe

By incorporating their own conservative values into guidelines for history classes, the Texas Board of Education may force the entire nation to adopt their right-wing re-write of history.

In Search of Muslim Identity: Akbar Ahmed's Journey into America

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Milewski

Author Akbar Ahmed has dedicated himself to building bridges of understanding between worlds. I asked him about the impact of Faisal Shahzad's actions on the larger goal of increasing trust among Muslims and non-Muslims in the U.S. and beyond.

Texas Solution for Smart-Aleck Kids: Dumb 'Em Down

Doug Molitor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Molitor

Oh, wait, that wasn't Afghanistan. That was America. Okay, easy fix. Wherever I have "Taliban," just insert "right-wing Christians."

It's Not the Tea Party's Country to "Take Back"

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

November is the election that counts, and we need to make it a clear statement to the bullies on the Right that they are not in charge.

Deep in the Heart of Textbooks

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

Turning public school social studies classes into unabashed propaganda sessions goes beyond mere political ugliness. It is craven. It is foolish. It is madness.

An Open Letter to the Texas Board of Education From a Survivor of Its Public School System

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Disgrasian

As someone who received nearly my entire education -- grades 2-12 -- in the Texas public schools system, I must admit that I don't understand what all the fuss is about.

11 Presidents' Favorite Books (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Presidents have always been great readers and history has always been interested in their favorite books. But what do those books say about our leader...

David Bradley Owes Me A Thousand Dollars

August J. Pollak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
August J. Pollak

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You Must Come From Texas, George!

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

Putting the U.S. Constitution into every pocket in the country is the vision of LibertyDay founder Andy McKean and his wife Kathy.

Eric Massa is Taking Back the Spotlight From the Starlets

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tina Dupuy

When actors were seen as vermin, the object of our affections and repugnance were people with actual power: politicians. Politicians like Massa are just taking back their country from Hollywood.

Texas Textbook MASSACRE: 'Ultraconservatives' Approve Radical Changes To State Education Curriculum

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas - A far-right faction of the Texas State Board of Education succeeded Friday in injecting conservative ideals into social studies, histo...

The Curious Case of "The Al Qaeda 7"

James Campion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Campion

Anyone with a lust for martyrdom fueled by religious fantasy to destroy property, life and limb, has -- to any reasonable estimation -- officially checked out of society anyway, U.S. or otherwise.

Jon Stewart Author Interview: 'Revolutionaries' Author Jack Rakove On Our Founding Fathers (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Pulitzer Prize winning author Jack Rakove was on 'The Daily Show' last night to talk about his new book, "Revolutionaries," and the remarkable story o...

Alleged Abuses in Scientology Are Far From Unique

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Scientology. The name is a travesty of science. The reality is a burlesque of religion.

'Flight From Monticello': Writing a Fresh Take on Thomas Jefferson's Darkest Days

Michael Kranish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Kranish

Five years after writing the Declaration of Independence that helped set the revolutionary war in motion, Jefferson was forced to flee Richmond when it was occupied by Arnold and his men.

The Only Surprises Are the History We Do Not Know

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

America is currently locked in one of its recurring half-century battles over the size of banks. Once more, we see Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton going head-to-head; once more, Hamilton is winning.

Presidential Narratives

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jilly Gagnon

Pundits have attacked Obama for losing track of his "presidential narrative,", but no one attacked Franklin Pierce for veering from his sodoku theme. The times have changed, haven't they?

Understanding Dick Cheney: The Power of the Undefeated Ex-VP

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Dick Cheney occupies a historically unique position: He is an ex-VP who left office electorally undefeated and has not sought the Presidency. As a result, he retains some of the trappings of an undefeated elder statesman.

The New Republicans and The Intellectual Divide

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

While the 2008 election season highlighted almost every competitive demographic split that exists in American society, the most glaring was the schism in intellect, which continues to widen today.