America

Eduardo Verdugo; Patrick Semansky / AP

COMMENTARY

A conservative Facebook friend in my native Indiana recently endorsed a meme that features right-wing radio rage-monger Rush Limbaugh saying today’s immigrants want to “erase America.”

In a new book, The Complacent Class, economist Tyler Cowen argues that the United States is standing still.

People have grown more risk averse and are reluctant to switch jobs or move to another state, he says, and the desire to innovate — to grow and change — has gone away.

In an interview with NPR's Rachel Martin, Cowen says he's worried that more and more communities are self-segregating — by income, education or race.

The collision of two core American values — freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination — is prompting a showdown in legislatures and courts across the country.

For some conservatives, religious freedom means the right to act on their opposition to same-sex marriage and other practices that go against their beliefs. LGBT advocates and their allies, meanwhile, say no one in the United States should face discrimination because of their sexual orientation.

Confederate Flags Fly Proudly In Loxahatchee Rally

Jul 13, 2015
Kenny Malone / WLRN

From a Volkswagen Beetle to a big-rig, dozens of vehicles lined up in the parking lot of a Loxahatchee strip mall on Saturday to parade the Confederate flag around northern Palm Beach County.

“I wanted to show that not everybody that wants to display the rebel flag is racist,” says rally organizer Taylor Mosier.