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Jeffersonian Dinners Create Transformative Connections

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 03.22.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

As a result of the dinners, vibrant networks and passionate partners have been created for these causes. Here are a few ground rules that help these dinners succeed.

President Obama's Religious Freedom Day Proclamation

Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion

The White House issued the following proclamation from President Barack Obama on the occasion of Religious Freedom Day 2013: Foremost among the ri...

How Thomas Jefferson Set The Groundwork For The Separation Of Church And State

J. Brent Walker | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
J. Brent Walker

Jefferson's radical Virginia statute created a vital marketplace for religion that must be based on voluntary belief, not government assistance.

Why Religious Invocations at Presidential Inaugurations?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Many of our framers, the chief architects of the United States Constitution, most clearly did not have these measures in mind.

Make a Stronger Case for Your Cause by Being Civil and Well-Informed

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 03.11.2013 | College
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

How can we elevate the discourse? We can commit to forming opinions steeped in experience and knowledge, as well as maintaining an openness to explore and respect all sides of an issue.

WATCH: The Device That Lets Obama Sign Documents From Thousands Of Miles Away

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 01.04.2013 | Technology

On Wednesday evening President Obama signed Congress' new fiscal cliff bill into law while on vacation in Hawaii. Just how did the POTUS accomplish th...

A History of the World in Rolling Stones Concerts

Jerry Adler | Posted 02.19.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Adler

Eleven years after the benefit concert in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was held at Madison Square Garden, many of the same top musicians came together to raise money for those suffering from Superstorm Sandy.

After Sandy Hook, What Will Really Change in America?

Lauren Brown Jarvis | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Lauren Brown Jarvis

As we continue the eventual roll off that fiscal cliff due to congressional grandstanding and gridlock, it feels ludicrous to think Congress will be willing to come together and get this right.

How the Crown Princess Nanny Could Help Us Avoid the Fiscal Cliff

Maxim Thorne | Posted 02.09.2013 | Business
Maxim Thorne

The CEO leaders' focus on the federal budget deficit borders on compulsive obsession and illogically ignores the opportunity to borrow more to put more Americans to work, to strengthen, grow and build our country.

Great leadership books in 2012

Tom Fox | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

For the federal leaders on your holiday shopping list, here are some of my favorite leadership books from 2012. Each book offers keen insights into ma...

DC's Gaping Wound: Income and Education Gaps Are Gutting Mobility

Michael Shank | Posted 11.15.2012 | DC
Michael Shank

America is witnessing some of its highest income inequality and lowest social mobility rates ever. If we are to fix any of this, it is best that we start at home, in our back yard, and in our nation's capital. And that begins with the Anacostia.

The 'Agonizing Spasms' of Election Day

William E. White | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
William E. White

Effective citizens are sophisticated consumers of information. They ask hard questions about the issues facing their community, state, and nation. All of these behaviors are learned, not innate.

To Honor our Veterans, End the War

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama's reelection is, among other things, a mandate for his promise to withdraw most combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2013. But he hasn't said when he'll end what increasingly looks like an ever-expanding war around the world.

Unfocused Groups

Jim Worth | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Jim Worth

After each debate, focus groups created more questions than answers! Television has gravitated to the use of focus groups -- gatherings of undecided ...

Let's Have Town Halls After the Elections

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

The citizens' assembly, being non-governmental and community-based, would have no power to compel their participation. But I think very few would refuse. Who knows, maybe C-SPAN would want to cover it.

Rip Van Romney

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 10.13.2012 | Comedy
Jayne Lyn Stahl

Which fairy tale character slept hundreds of years? Rip Van Winkle, right? Well, Mr. Winkle now has a political counterpart: Rip Van Romney. Rip Van...

The United States of Snarkiness

Frank H. Wu | Posted 12.10.2012 | Education
Frank H. Wu

The problem is if everything is contemptuous and nothing is sincere or serious, the message becomes monotonous.

National Ignorance

William E. White | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
William E. White

American ideas are important, an essential element for charting our future. Unfortunately, we may be losing our ability to discern quality debate.

Does Obama Need to Really "Want It" to Be a Good Leader?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

There's a reason the current president promised to be "no-drama Obama." It's a promise he's delivered on, and that has served the country well. Those who want to know what a re-elected Obama is likely to do should not be distracted by his underwhelming recent performances. They should look back at his first-term record and note how consistent it is with his pragmatic and moderate personal character: an effective, but ultimately modest, balanced stimulus that's helped turn the economy around; the achievement, at long-last, of near-universal healthcare using an idea originating in conservative circles; the comeback of that emblem of American capitalism, the auto industry; winding down two wars and killing al Qaeda's leader in a bold but limited strike that deployed smart power rather than chest-thumping militarism; advancing and protecting reproductive and LGBT rights.

What Would Locke Think?

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Zachary K. Pearce

Would John Locke would be a Republican in 2012? Obviously, our two-party system and the liberal and conservative philosophy which underlies it, is not something which enters into the social contract, nor the work of Locke.

The Separation of Satan and State

James Moore | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
James Moore

If you are Jewish or Muslim or Hindu and pay taxes, why would you want to pay for buildings and public venues where Christians pray and you don't? Perry is no different than other Christian evangelicals and wants his belief system adopted by, not just all Americans, but the entire world.

religion in politics

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Whose side is God on in the presidential election? The Republicans -- both at and subsequent to their convention -- have actively laid claim to God's mantle and given the Almighty credit for most things American.

It's Time to Read American's Owner's Manual

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

Do yourself a favor, read the Constitution again, the entire thing, start to finish as it turns 225 years old. And think about what it really means and says. Apply that filter to current issues, world, state, city and even pop culture events and the answers become so obvious, so clear.

Republicans' Voter ID Assault on Thomas Jefferson: Why Constitution Day Matters

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

As we celebrate this Constitution Day, we must be educating our citizens instead of road-blocking citizenship rights for which thousands have fought and died.

It's Constitution Day! Time to Teach Obedience or History?

Bill Bigelow | Posted 11.14.2012 | Education
Bill Bigelow

Students deserve a more critical and nuanced exploration of the Constitution -- one that is alert to the race and class issues at the heart of our governing document.