On Democracy

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Does responsible leadership require a responsible electorate in a democracy?

I’m Not Anti-Christian, But Religion Shouldn’t Have A Place In Political Discussion

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This isn’t a slam on religion; it’s a call for inclusive political debate.

The Story Behind the Drumsticks I’ve Never Used

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Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris has never used the drumsticks awarded to him for winning the 2008 Drum-Off Store Championships. He’s considering removing them from the plastic for DrumDuel®.

Economists Agree the Stimulus Improved the Economy. Surprised?

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After years of political and economic doom and gloom, should we celebrate good economic news and keep moving our country forward?

Two Outgoing Tea Party Congressmen Just Voted Against Suing Obama

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Why did two of the GOP’s most hysterical right wingers just contradict themselves?

A Mother of Black Boys Reflects on the Day She Heard Darrin Manning’s Story

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Andrea Lawful-Trainer pleads with Philadelphians to not let Darrin Manning’s suffering be in vain.

Good News, Rich People: NYC Just Made Sure You Won’t Have to Look at The Poors Ever Again

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Next up: stairs for rich people, trampolines for everyone else.

I Am a Proud Socialist and Maybe You are Too

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Socialism has a bad reputation, but this proud socialist wants all the things you do to.

A Troll’s Quest: On Holly Fisher and Other Remoras

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In just a few days Holly Fisher has gained 23,000 Twitter followers, been featured in nearly every “news” source and has became, at once, an overnight darling and an overnight joke. But how did she do it?

Patriotism Is Perplexing

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  Dillan DiGiovanni thinks that patriotism isn’t just red, white and blue or merely black and white, either. This Independence Day holiday has been unique for me. For the first time in a while, I’ve considered how perplexing patriotism can be. For the past few years I sat along the Charles River on the Cambridge […]

Jimmy Savile, Rape Culture and the Lessons for Us All

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Graham Phoenix finds the term ‘rape culture’ offensive, but in hearing the British Health Secretary, this week, reporting to the British Parliament on the Savile Affair, he questions whether his being offended is valid any more.

GOP and Dem Leaders Hold Hands, Sing “We Shall Overcome”

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A moment meant to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has been called awkward, hilarious and beautiful. Here’s the video. Where do you stand?

This is Not My America

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Lost to America is the ability to compromise, which once made us the greatest of nations. Doug Zeigler wonders if we can ever regain the empathy for others that we once revered.