Reflecting on Thanksgiving in a Time of Crisis

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Rabbi Adina Lewittes urges us to be hopeful and fiercely optimistic during a Thanksgiving season when the world seems upside down.

This Labor Day Let’s Actually Celebrate Labor


Three day weekends are fun, but Labor Day is also about labor.

Why Presidents Fail


Presidents sometimes fail because of their own mistakes, but often times they appear to fail because of our unrealistic expectations.

American Men Can’t Win the “War on Poverty”


Adam Dyer wonders if shifting from a model of independence to interdependence would be better than relying on “war, conquering and oppression” for battles we just can’t win.

28 Black People You Probably Don’t Know About (But You Should)— Anderson Ruffin Abbott


Canada’s first black doctor was also a surgeon during the U.S. Civil War. He was present at Abraham Lincoln’s death bed.

100 words on Heroes 12/22: A Call For Submissions


Call for Op-Ed submissions: 100 words on heroes/heroism.

On Race: Madiba Got It Right – Why Can’t We?

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Tim Hart knows his generation has left the young people of America with a big mess in the battle to end racism. But he’s willing to join the fight if you are.

Statue of Frederick Douglas Unveiled in D.C.

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Frederick Douglas joined fellow black Americans in Emancipation Hall when a 7-foot bronze statue was unveiled earlier this week.

NRA, Slavery, Cigarettes, Guns, Lincoln, Mad Men, Cloud Atlas & the Evil of the Assault Weapon Industry


In this incarnation of the strong against the weak, it’s a maniac with an assault rifle versus school children.


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This weekend, we have an excerpt from Robert Kloss’s striking new novel, THE ALLIGATORS OF ABRAHAM, a Civil War epic unlike any other.

Abraham Lincoln was a Good Man


A few inspiring quotes from a good man in history.

Shootings, Manhood and Tragedy

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Tom Matlack wonders what would make a teenage boy go into a school cafeteria and blow away three innocent kids he barely knew.

Three Portraits for Presidents Day

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Wolf Pascoe writes: “Lincoln’s greatness was that each day, each punishing day, he became a better man than he’d been the day before.”

Where Have All the Rebels Gone?


Megan Rosker invites leaders to rise to this challenge: Education needs a rebel.

What Kind of Man Is Obama?

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Is Obama ushering in a new type of presidential masculinity?

Abraham Link-oln


Here are the best links of the week, sponsored by Honest Abe.