LINK TO COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF VIDEO _hillary_clinton_donald_trump_participate_in_nbcs_commander-in-chief_forum.html The presidential nominees joined NBC's Matt Lauer to answer questions from veterans and discuss her plans for the U.S. Hillary Clinton went first and Donald Trump followed her. Each candidate had 30 minutes.

The Best Olympians

Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino, a runner from Topsfield, Mass., collided on the track during the women’s 5,000-meter race. The two seemingly sacrificed any chance at an Olympic medal to help each other reach the finish line, picking each other up, urging each other to continue, pushing each other to the finish. “I’m never going to … Continue reading The Best Olympians

Harry Burn, age 24, Gave Women The Right to Vote

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. The first national constitutional amendment had been proposed in Congress in 1878, and in every Congress session after that. Finally, in 1919, it narrowly passed both houses of Congress and was sent to the states to be ratified. Most … Continue reading Harry Burn, age 24, Gave Women The Right to Vote

The Second Amendment Was Ratified to Preserve Slavery Tuesday, 15 January 2013 00:00 By Thom Hartmann, Truthout | News Analysis (Photo: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery) The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says "State" instead of "Country" (the framers knew the difference -- see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, which … Continue reading The Second Amendment Was Ratified to Preserve Slavery

How should Ancient One’s story end?

By Chip Colwell Guest Commentary The epic saga of the skeleton known as the Ancient One (by Native Americans) and Kennewick Man (by scientists) has taken a wild turn.   The story’s beginning is now near myth: In 1996, human remains were accidentally discovered along the Columbia River, near Kennewick, Wash. Scientists determined the remains … Continue reading How should Ancient One’s story end?

Democracy and Liberalism: Brothers? by Josiah Ober, Professor of Political Science and Classics at Stanford University. His most recent book is The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece (2015). A quarter-century ago, the American political scientist Francis Fukuyama announced that history had ended. The long search for the best possible political order had come to a close. Liberal democracy – defined as … Continue reading Democracy and Liberalism: Brothers?


It's the birthday of the Dutch dancer and spy Mata Hari, born Margaretha Zelle in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands (1876). She attended a teachers college and then married an army officer, Captain Rudolph MacLeod, in 1895. They lived in Java and Sumatra for a few years, and that's where she picked up her eventual byname. "Mata Hari" is … Continue reading MATA HARI