A float depicting President Obama with his hat topped off by a man dressed as AlQaeda leader Osama bin Laden, entitled 'Barack-Adabra and the Great Circus of the Fleas' is shown at the traditional carnival parade in Viareggio, Italy, Sunday.
Did the Great Emancipator always want to end slavery? Or did his thinking evolve on the job?
Words can harm. Words can heal. The best speeches ever delivered asked not for anything but the better angels of our nature.
A Christian Science perspective.
The John F. Kennedy inaugural address was 50 years ago to the day and is the subject of Google’s Thursday home-page doodle.
The idea that we can overcome our history and our baser instincts is the message great leaders send in times of tragedy and tension. It is the stuff of great speeches, and it is what President Obama gave the nation Wednesday night.
These history books remind us that the shooting in Tuscon is not the first time Americans have confronted violence directed at politicians.
The past year in US politics has been full of more alienation and polarization than at any time since 1861, all of it now capped off in the Arizona shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. As in 1861, today's divide has opened up over a single deep question. But this fundamental collision of values doesn't mean violence is inevitable.