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A Good Use for a Drone

Ever wanted to bask in the warmth and light of a fireworks display? Footage taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle gets us as close to the spectacular experience as possible.

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Spend Independence Day with Pete Seeger and Frederick Douglass

This Fourth of July, “Democracy Now!” remembers Frederick Douglass’ defiant Independence Day address, read by James Earl Jones during a performance of Howard Zinn’s “Voices of a People’s History of the United States,” and the life and legacy of legendary American folk singer Pete Seeger, who died this year at the age of 94.

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Have We Been Misreading the Declaration of Independence?

An errant ink splotch or a genuine period? A scholar says an official transcript of the Declaration of Independence contains an error that has led many Americans to misinterpret the document for almost two centuries.

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The Best of ‘Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ on Independence Day

Missing your (somewhat) daily dose of late-night satire while Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are on summer break? Fear not; we’ve rounded up some great clips from each show about the 4th of July.

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From Death to Doughnuts: Why Immigrants Dream of America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We look at America’s birthday through the eyes and words of refugees. Also, Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom and the war on women.

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From Death to Doughnuts: Why Immigrants Dream of America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We look at America’s birthday through the eyes and words of refugees. Also, Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom and the war on women.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: July 4 and the Meaning of America

On this Independence Day-themed show, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ponder the meaning of America. If our nation was founded by revolutionaries, what would they think of our current surveillance practices, economic opportunities, gay rights and foreign policy? Is NSA leaker Edward Snowden in the tradition of the founders of this country?

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Boehner and the House GOP

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Partisan Divide Fireworks Display

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Independence From Terror

Do we write words of mourning? Or do we write words of resistance? Those two braids have joined and from now on will flow together—in our age of the Anthropocene.

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Happy Fourth

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Gettysburg Regress

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Freedom and ‘Our Sacred Honor’

We find ourselves, 237 years after the Founders declared us a new nation, in a season of discontent, even surliness, about the experiment they launched. We are sharply divided over the very meaning our founding documents, and we are more likely to invoke the word “we” in the context of “us” versus “them” than in the more capacious sense that includes every single American.

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Fireworks

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Economic Fireworks

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And Now a Word From the Founders

Happy Birthday, America. Here’s a reminder of your more radical youth.

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Fireworks

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Dueling Fireworks Shows

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Boeing

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Independence From Obama

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Rocket’s Red Glare

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Detail of a draft of the Declaration of Independence from Wikimedia Commons

What Our Declaration Really Said

Our nation confronts a challenge this Fourth of July that we face but rarely: We are at odds over the meaning of our history and why, to quote our Declaration of Independence, “governments are instituted.”

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No Fireworks for Cash-Strapped Cities

Here’s a Catch-22 for the tea party movement: Cities across the country are going without Independence Day celebrations this year due to budget cuts. We know how our tax-hating friends love to wave flags and celebrate the late 1700s, but somebody has to pay for all those explosives, and, more often than not, it’s us.

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Doggone Fireworks

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Still Standing Tall

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July 4, 2010

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Surviving the Fourth of July

I survive the degradation that has become America—a land that exalts itself as a bastion of freedom and liberty while it tortures human beings, stripped of their rights, in offshore penal colonies, a land that wages wars defined under international law as criminal wars of aggression, a land that turns its back on its poor, its weak, its mentally ill, in a relentless drive to embrace totalitarian capitalism—because I read books.

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Uncle Sam’s Piñata

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Happy Oil Dependence Day

As we head into the Fourth of July weekend of patriotic bluster and beer swilling—but before we are too besotted with ourselves—might we also for once consider our imperfections? Why not take a moment to heed the cautions of our founding father, George Washington, whose true legacy will most likely be ignored during the flag-waving weekend?

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America’s Birthday Grab Bag

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America 7-4-07: Don't let them get mixed up! You won't be able to tell who deserves ridicule and who deserves praise. Happy 231st birthday!
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