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A Memorial Day created by former slaves

Though Memorial Day was first formally declared in 1868 by General Logan, in charge of the GAR—an organization of Civil War vets, in order to decorate the graves of those who died in the Civil War, there are many cities … Continue reading

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The morning after

…What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on earth. The belief that our destiny is shared; that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations. The … Continue reading

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November’s choice

I am no expert at critiquing political campaign ads, but I was so comforted by the clarity  in this Obama one. It’s a minute long, twice the normal length of such spots. It doesn’t beat up the opposing candidate. It … Continue reading

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Vaclav Havel’s high moral purpose

Vaclav Havel died this weekend. Playright, dissident, poet, and Czechoslovakia’s first democratically elected president,  Havel’s activisim helped to bring down the communist regime in Czechoslovakia in the Velvet Revolution of 1989. The hope and expectations for his presidency were enormous. … Continue reading

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Rachel Maddow: State Politics Go Nuclear

This is Maddow’s broadcast from March 10, 2011, which is about the wider ideological agenda that is demonstrated by the stripping of public workers’ collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin and threatened elsewhere. We must stay engaged and actively work to … Continue reading

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In the glow of protest, full of hope and possibilities (*Edited)

I can’t help but feel spirited support for the protests that are going on in Egypt right now. The diverse voices (at least for Egypt diverse) in Tahrir Square in Cairo, and in many other cities in Egypt, demanding political … Continue reading

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