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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.

Thomas Jefferson: No Bullshit

Jeff Wald | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics
Jeff Wald

Below are the accomplishments of Thomas Jefferson, one of the most important of our founding fathers. It seems in spite of these accomplishments, the...

WATCH: Jefferson Slave Paternity Rumors Come Into Question

Posted 11.02.2011 | Home

Thomas Jefferson stamped his place as a founding father with a slew of political and scholarly accomplishments. From his authoring of the Declaration ...

"Delay Is Preferable to Error": On the Eve of the Dedication of the National 9/11 Memorial

Paul Gunther | Posted 10.25.2011 | Arts
Paul Gunther

The ten years it took to create the National 9/11 Memorial is just right. So-called delay is actually a benediction. Intervening events that often seemed like delays were instead a sum of outcomes spawned by competing and largely honorable intent.

The New Madrid Earthquake: 200 Years Later

Landon Jones | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
Landon Jones

If you think this week's East Coast tremblor was disconcerting, consider that this is the 200th anniversary of the Mother of All American Earthquakes.

Demands of Aid to Religion Endanger Schools, Anger Moderates

Hans Johnson | Posted 10.12.2011 | Education
Hans Johnson

Efforts by Rick Perry and others to undo the separation of church and state, meant to appeal to religious conservatives, are alienating a potentially large group of moderate voters who often have a decisive role in elections in presidential years.

Is the Constitution Breaking Down Under Divided Government?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

If Madison could see the role that partisan factions played in Washington this summer, he might well have been sympathetic to the concerns of those observers who fret that his constitutional remedies might not be working so well when power is shared by two rival factions.

Thomas Jefferson Hated Dogs and Clergymen

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Carol Muske-Dukes

What Thomas Jefferson's severe lapses in what we might call (as a generic) "Christian" behavior meant was that he was merely human.

The Founding Fathers and Campaign Civility

Harry Graver | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics
Harry Graver

We seemingly jump from crisis to crisis as harsh rhetoric replaces substantive reform. However, the lack of civility certainly apparent today is far from new. In fact, it is as old as our republic and, historically speaking, much tamer.

In Search of the Public Good

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.16.2011 | Politics
Paul Stoller

As the debt ceiling clock ticks down, we will soon find out if we are a people possessed by selfish personal desire or a people who promote the public good. In what kind of society do you want your children to live?