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The U.S. Constitution: What If You Could Explain the Crafting of This Document in Less Than an Hour?

Kate Kelly | Posted 04.28.2012 | Education
Kate Kelly

The United States Constitution is one of the most influential political documents of all time, and it is the cornerstone that supports our liberty. ...

Should Public Policy Conform to "God's Law"?

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Dana Radcliffe

Since we are a religiously diverse country where freedom of religion is a fundamental right, it is clearly inadequate for the leader to respond that such practices can properly be banned because they violate God's law (as he interprets it).

George Washington's Biggest Critic

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.21.2012 | Media
Chris Weigant

When Washington died, the phrase which spread the country was: "First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen." While this may be almost universally true today, it was not when the man held office.

PHOTOS: American Presidents, They Are Often Immigrants Too

Posted 02.21.2012 | Latino Voices

This year, President’s Day celebration is filled with irony. We celebrate the nation's leaders at a time when anti-immigrant rhetoric, harsh ant...

The Presidents Who Owned Slaves

Elizabeth Dowling Taylor | Posted 04.21.2012 | Books
Elizabeth Dowling Taylor

Eight of our early presidents, beginning with George Washington, owned slaves during their tenure in the nation's highest office.

The Founding Gardeners and Their Love of Nature

Linda Buzzell | Posted 04.18.2012 | Green
Linda Buzzell

Washington, Jefferson, Adams and Madison were all obsessively in love with their own gardens, farms, plants and the enthralling natural vistas of the new nation.

Presidents' Day 2012: A Progressive Walk on the National Mall

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 04.18.2012 | DC
Harvey J. Kaye

Take a walk on the National Mall, the public space at the heart of the nation's capital where we celebrate who we are, the place where we proclaim what it means to be an American.

New Exhibit Explores Thomas Jefferson's Slave Ownership

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 01.25.2012 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Thomas Jefferson wrote "all men are created equal" to declare U.S. independence from Britain, yet he was also a lifelong slave owner who...

New Smithsonian Exhibit Explores Jefferson's Slave Ownership

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 03.26.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — Thomas Jefferson wrote "all men are created equal" to declare U.S. independence from Britain, yet he was also a lifelong slave owne...

The Next President Will Be a Liar

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.14.2012 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Regardless of whether the next president is a Republican or Democrat, whether it's Barack Obama or Mitt Romney or any other of the Republican frontrunners, one thing is guaranteed: he will lie.

Monticello's New Slave Oral History Project

AP | ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON | Posted 02.26.2012 | DC

RICHMOND, Va. — When Thomas Jefferson died, scores of slaves were sold from his Monticello plantation to settle his debts. Peter Fossett, 11, wa...

Hall of Fame Disses Conscious Rap

Derrick Darby | Posted 02.19.2012 | Black Voices
Derrick Darby

Did you know the Beastie Boys made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, but Eric B. & Rakim didn't? I know it's the "rock and roll" hall of fame not the "hip hop" hall of fame. Still, that's unbelievable to me.

The Shocking Campus Shooting in Virginia You Never Heard Of

Matthew Pearl | Posted 02.14.2012 | Crime
Matthew Pearl

Last week's murder at Virginia Tech naturally evokes memories of the horrific massacre there four and a half years ago. Another shocking killing -- one that happened in 1840 -- sheds further light on how to understand campus shootings.

5 Ways You Can Occupy Wall Street

Edward Murray | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Edward Murray

Thousands of people across the world are actively maintaining the front line of the Occupy movement; this article is not for those people.

In Presidential Politics, Is Ignorance Really Bliss?

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Michael Sigman

Romney and his fellow GOP hopefuls can take comfort in new research indicating that on the pressing issues of the day, their coveted conservative cohort seeks nothing more than to know nothing.

Skip Gates' New Book On Black History

www.philly.com | Posted 11.23.2011 | Black Voices

Coffee-table books are supposed to be heavy, on photos and in pounds. This latest history of black life in America by Henry Louis Gates Jr. is both, w...

America's First Political Sex Scandal: The Reynolds/Hamilton Affair

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In the summer of 1791, Alexander Hamilton was the target of what a modern-day espionage novel would call a "honey trap," set by a blonde 23-year-old named Maria Reynolds.

Too Big Has Failed... Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party Are Similar

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Paul Schwennesen

Centralization in nearly every facet of American life has quietly crept up on us. Our food, our money, and our rules have all been pushed steadily uphill, creating a top-heavy and imbalanced structure that we're only beginning to lash back at.

Resisting Inequality: Occupy Wall Street and Education

Michael Roth | Posted 12.20.2011 | College
Michael Roth

How have these trends concerning money and inequality affected life on a university campus? We can see it at either end of the college experience, beginning with access and ending with jobs (or a lack thereof) after graduation.

Alexander Eichler

The Jefferson Innovation Summit: Business Leaders Brainstorm A New Era Of American Creativity

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.14.2011 | Business

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- No one knows where good ideas come from. In some cases, the answer may simply be to throw a bunch of brains together in a room...

Three Men and a Country

Andy Kutler | Posted 12.12.2011 | DC
Andy Kutler

Little more than two centuries after his quiet dinner with his friend Madison and rival Hamilton in 1790, Thomas Jefferson would be invited to another grand gathering to discuss politics and the future of his nation.

The Genius of Free Governments

Lewis Hyde | Posted 12.03.2011 | Home
Lewis Hyde

This week the Supreme Court will hear a case concerning what ought to be called "copyright rendition." The plaintiffs are challenging a 1994 law that, for the first time in U.S. history, removed hundreds of thousands of works from the public domain.

Bashing the European Union in the United States

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 11.26.2011 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

Since the recession, bashing the European Union has become a sport for U.S. commentators. Just skim the most recent headlines, and one is led to believe that the old continent is on the brink of economic, political and social collapse.

"I Tremble for My Country"

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 11.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

What should be of grave concern to all persons of goodwill is the rising antipathy, meanness, disrespect, anger and hostility not just to President Obama's policies but to him personally. There is a palpable atmosphere of anger and bitterness.

The Constitution We Nearly Had

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

Imagine a very different Constitution -- one where Congress could kill any state law, where a twenty-six member Senate controlled treaty-making with other nations, and where the president's veto was exercised jointly with the Supreme Court.