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Battle of the Bulge Survivor Dies Before The 70th Anniversary Of America's Great Win

Most of you probably don't know Paul Whitten. He passed away last month, but not before he left us a small piece of history. His daughter provided his personal memoirs in a book titled To Beulah and Back about his role in the bloodiest battle in America's history: the Battle of the Bulge. Whitten was born on a small farm in Mississippi. Show More Summary

How Tony Robbins' "Money: Master the Game" Represents Exactly What Is Destroying America

On page 27 of the best-selling book "Money: Master the Game," Tony Robbins writes that "As I was writing this book, Congress slashed $8.7 billion from the food stamp budget. I witnessed firsthand the devastating impact this had on the volunteers and nonprofit organizations that work in the fight against hunger. Show More Summary

Millions March NYC v. Santacon: The Role of Millenials in Activism

I often feel like I see two distinct angles of the current generation of 20-30 year olds -- one: activist minded, diverse, outspoken, righteous; the other: success-minded, largely homogenous, apolitical. Both, riding a wave of technological advances making it easier than ever to share ideas. Show More Summary

Don't Let the Left Lapse in Defending Democracy (or the Right)

Liberals have been busy lately lecturing about right-wing threats to Israeli democracy. What happens when some liberals stumble, forgetting that liberty must be preserved for all, even if the "wrong" people exercise power or publishShow More Summary

The Government Problem

Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They're wrong. The central issue is whom the government is for. Consider the new spending bill Congress and the President agreed to a few weeks ago. It's not especially large by historic standards. Show More Summary

Year-End Roundup: Best Blogs of 2014

Historians may look back and see 2014 as the tipping point when the world started falling apart instead of coming together. Visionary scientists remain enthusiastic that, thanks to converging new technologies from artificial intelligence...Show More Summary

Don't Blame Obama If Race Relations Are Worse During His Presidency

President Barack Obama said Friday that conditions for black Americans have improved since he became president nearly six years ago. But as he said, blacks still lag behind whites. "The gap in income between black and white America persists," he said during a press conference. Show More Summary

Obama on a Roll

President Barack Obama is entering the fourth quarter of his presidency, one marked by partisan divisions that have frustrated most Americans. But the president, as he makes the turn for the finish line, has already wracked up an impressive...Show More Summary

An Open Letter to the President: A Legacy the World Needs

Dear Mr. President, Thanks to you, Mr. President, during your administration, the United States of America has made significant progress in numerous areas of immense importance: providing affordable health care, stabilizing the economy, exposing and combatting racism, fighting sub-state violence, and advancing nuclear security, to name a few. Mr. Show More Summary

This Is What It's Like to Flee to Europe With Syrians

The journalist Wolfgang Bauer and the photographer Stanislav Krupar accompanied Syrian refugees from their hiding spots in Egypt on a refugee boat to Europe. The journalists grew beards and acquired new identities. The traffickers could not know who they really were. Show More Summary

2014: P5+1 and Iran's Nuclear Negotiations

The 2014 nuclear negotiations marked one of the most contentious issues in Iran's domestic politics and foreign affairs alike. The partial diplomatic headways, two failures to meet the extended nuclear deadlines, and the possibilityShow More Summary

A Vote for 'Draft Warren' Is a Vote for a Democratic Primary

If you object to the proposition that Hillary Clinton should become the Democratic nominee for President in 2016 without having to substantially engage with Democratic primary voters and caucus-goers about what she would do as President, speak now or forever hold your peace. Show More Summary

E-Cig Users And Vapers Need To Join Anti-Drug War Movement

New Year's Eve is around the corner and no doubt millions of smokers will make resolutions to quit. Many smokers would love to give up the habit. But smoking is an incredibly hard addiction to quit. Many heroin users say it is harder...Show More Summary

Holiday Pay Falls Short

Many Americans will be scrambling in the final days of the 2014 holiday season to find the perfect gift and prepare their holiday meals. And helping Americans in that holiday rush are tens of thousands of retail workers. However sadly, for many of them they are often thinking about more than just holiday gifts. Show More Summary

Governor Shumlin's Surrender: Vermont Democrats Abandon Quest for Single Payer Plan

"Vermont... is the only state with universal single-payer health coverage for its residents." -James Fallows in The Atlantic, April, 2014 For nearly four years, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has been basking in the glow of press accolades...Show More Summary

US Warming Toward Cuba: Right Time, Right Place, Right Man

Once again President Barack Obama has stepped up and boldly done what previous presidents could not or would not do. And for the historic breakthrough on defrosting our relations with Cuba, his timing could not be better This president...Show More Summary

Torture and the Arc of History

"Military necessity does not admit of cruelty..." -- Abraham Lincoln General Order 100, Article 16 April 24, 1863 As usual, Lincoln captures the heart of the matter in a few words. In the midst of the gravest threat to our national existence...Show More Summary

Obama Administration Brings Global LGBTI Community Together to Advance Human Rights and Development

Last month, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, where I work, co-hosted the third annual Conference to Advance the Human Rights of and Promote Inclusive Development for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Persons. Show More Summary

Benazir Bhutto -- The Muslim Leader Who Saw Jihadis Coming

Two years after being elected, the world's first female Muslim prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, received intelligence that a man called Osama bin Laden had given orders to kill her. The year was 1990. Al-Qaeda had not yet officially been...Show More Summary

Public Health Lessons from Ebola in 2014

Public health has seldom had a spotlight year like 2014. Indications that the Ebola outbreak is stabilizing in Guinea and Liberia are an encouraging sign that even in the poorest parts of the world, public health science can rescue nations. Show More Summary

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