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Learning from the Bergdahl Controversy - What Should Have Happened

How many Americans knew the name of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl before last week? For that matter, how many of the members of our dysfunctional Congress, yet alone our polarizing pundits knew about this POW? Just about everything wrong in our culture’s politics has shown itself in the aftermath of the exchange of five senior Taliban detainees at Guantanamo for Bergdahl. Everybody played their role to a tee creating another contrived and unnecessary controversy, further tearing away at our social fabric and eroding any sense we are citizens in this together. Conservatives did......

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Video: Bowe Bergdahl and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Bowe Bergdahl, the just-swapped for American prisoner held for five years by the Taliban, was definitely the story of the week. But today, June 6th, recalls the story of the 20th century, D-Day. Seventy years ago today, allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy and the world began a momentous shift whose results still shape our lives today. I think they can also shape how we make sense of the story of the week, and it all comes down, as it does so often in life, to the ability to simultaneously......

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The Year of the Selfie

Drum roll! What is Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year for 2013?? SELFIE! The term describes photos that people take of themselves to post on social media sites or similar platforms. The use of the word has gone up a staggering 17,000% in the past year. Not only have we had expected celebrity selfies from the likes of Beyonce, Justin Bieber, and Kim Kardashian but, also we had an ill-advised political selfie of President Obama with the PM’s from Great Britain and Denmark that made big news. And our first Papal selfie.......

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Syria Action: Moral Progress?

Keeping track of the Syria crisis these past couple of weeks has one’s head spinning. In a span of days we have seen the following: The President unilaterally ordering the bombing of Syria for crossing the red line of using chemical weapons, The President delaying military action, ceding presidential power and seeking approval from Congress, The American people?- tired after the failures of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya?- decisively rejecting military involvement, The President on the brink of not getting approval from Congress, Secretary Kerry’s offhand remark about Syria getting rid of all......

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