Defining common cultural literacy for an increasingly diverse nation
A quiz to compare yourself with the likes of Barack Obama, Cliven Bundy, and others
Festival and bonfires; outrageous wagers; toasting and fasting and even fighting. Elections used to be fun. What if they were again?
Is it ever acceptable to say "Chinamen"?
A speechwriter who wrote Bill Clinton's address for the 50th anniversary of the invasion reflects on how such speeches are written and why they matter.
An agreement to raise the wage floor to $15 per hour heralds a new sort of national politics, where local officials network to bypass Washington.
Civic-confirmation rites could help unify a fraying nation and instill crucial knowledge of American traditions and institutions.
Why has Sherman's infamous post-game interview stirred up so much discomfort? Easy: The nation sees itself in him.
When people are allowed to make a symbol their own, it becomes that much more resonant—especially in a nation founded on ideas, rather than blood or tribe.
That requires mutual respect and mutual assistance. Besides, what Washington needs is more action and less obsession with appearances.
As President Obama embarks on a new economic-policy push, that will be his mantra. Here's what he means.
Comprehensive immigration reform is on the agenda for 2013, but it should be coupled with revamped civics education, national service, and more.
If it's our ideals and not our origins that make us countrymen, Romney's tactics suggest that he's the one whose Americanness should come under question.
There's plenty to be said for international cooperation. But if you really want to change the world, first be a good American.
America can't afford to leave its government in the hands of professionals.
American government may not be a game of thrones. But it's all about power -- and when it's taught right, students will find it riveting.
With an eye toward the children of illegal immigrants, some politicians are trying to end birthright citizenship. Imagine what that might mean for the rest of us.
Even worse than the trillions of dollars of debt America's burdened with is the country's self-centered culture. Boomers should focus on moral repairs even more than fiscal fixes.