1. It is a special time when Americans open their homes and hearts and give freely to each other regardless of color, creed, gender association, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation.
     


  2. It’s understandable, of course, that so many Americans are scared: We are consistently told that we should be.
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    If we must have a hugely invasive national security state, let’s at least listen to it

    America’s intelligence agencies agree: ISIS isn’t that big of a threat. So why are we all freaking out about ISIS?

     

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  6. Behind the scenes at small-town America’s beauty pageants

    A big-city photographer discovers an inspiring community of young women participating in provincial tradition

     


  7. Our democracy is a people’s democracy. And it can be as great as the people can be, but it’s also as fallible as people are.
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    George Takei shares a pretty profound insight into America’s strength and dangerous flaw

    Instead of talking aboutĀ Star Trek or his gay-rights activism, the actor chose to discuss his World War II experience onĀ The Daily Show

     

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  12. Stephen Colbert offers a shockingly raw takedown of America’s justice system

    America incarcerates more of its citizens than any other nation

     

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