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An American Thanksgiving Ralph Kinney Bennett 11/26/2013
We are a grateful nation. And because we are a grateful nation, we are a generous nation. Our founders were steeped in this idea, and it is still strong among us.
America's Enduring Conspiracy Theories Andrew Rugg 11/21/2013
Fifty years later, a majority of Americans still believe that more than one man was involved in the JFK assassination. What explains the tenacious nature of this belief?
The Conservative Case for Civilian Review Kim Hendrickson 10/15/2013
Promoting civilian review of police departments is in keeping with conservative values.
Top 10 Takeaways: Public Opinion on the Affordable Care Act Karlyn Bowman and Andrew Rugg 10/01/2013
With the ACA's exchanges going live today, let's take a look at public opinion on the law.
Bernie Madoff, Steve Jobs, and Wall Street Greed Don Watkins 09/26/2013
Genuinely successful people in business have nothing in common with the likes of Bernie Madoff. Why do so many see them all as greedy and selfish?
Immigration and America’s Broken Civics Education System Christina Hoff Sommers 07/24/2013
America’s schools no longer teach our history or celebrate our unique culture, devaluing a powerful force for national unity.
5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About The Common Core Michael McShane 07/15/2013
The Common Core has the potential to be a positive force in education, but parents must be vigilant.
America's Birthday: The True Meaning of July 4 (Part 3) Amy Kass and Leon Kass 07/03/2013
All Americans would agree that July 4th is an important date for our nation, but we have constantly debated its meaning and the proper way to celebrate it, with interpretations changing over time and in particular circumstances.
America’s Birthday: The True Meaning of July 4 (Part 2) Amy Kass and Leon Kass 07/02/2013
In speeches delivered nearly 10 years apart, two men from very different backgrounds – one a president and one a former slave – reflect on the meaning of July 4th and the Declaration for themselves and their nation.
America’s Birthday: The True Meaning of July 4 (Part 1) Amy Kass and Leon Kass 07/01/2013
The Declaration of Independence is the birth announcement of the American Republic. Do we understand its full meaning? Does our modern Republic live up to its promise?