The Happening Now Blog

  • September 19, 2014

    Congress Endorses Syria Action, but Not Everyone is Onboard

    President Obama expected to sign legislation passed by both houses of Congress to train and arm Syrian rebels in the fight against ISIS ...

  • September 18, 2014

    Poll Problems

    The U.S. Senate to vote on arming and training moderate Syrian rebels fighting ISIS after the House passed a similar measure with bipartisan ...

  • September 17, 2014

    War Powers & A Warning from ISIS

    Congress takes center stage today with hearings on several of the huge issues that are dominating headlines. The House also expected to ...

'Happening Now' Reading List

  • "Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter" by Randall Balmer

    In his new book, "Redeemer", religious historian Randall Balmer credits Pres. Jimmy Carter to the rise of the Christian right in politics.  Openly calling himself a born-again Christian during the campaign and while serving as President, "Carter represented a clean break with the recent past" Balmer writes, "an opportunity to redeem the nation."  During Pres. Carter's term the Christian right ultimately abandoned him and elected Pres. Ronald Reagan in 1988.  The Christian right has been closely tied to the Republican party ever since.

  • 'The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet' by Nina Teicholz

    From the publisher: In The Big Fat Surprise, investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: that everything we thought we knew about dietary fat is wrong. She documents how the low-fat nutrition advice of the past sixty years has amounted to a vast uncontrolled experiment on the entire population, with disastrous consequences for our health.


  • 'Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics' by Michael Barone

    From the publisher: It is often said that America has become culturally diverse only in the past quarter century. But from the country's beginning, cultural variety and conflict have been a centrifugal force in American politics and a crucial reason for our rise to power. The peopling of the United States is one of the most important stories of the last five hundred years, and in Shaping our Nation, bestselling author and demographics expert Michael Barone illuminates a new angle on America's rise, using a vast array of political and social data to show America is the product of a series large, unexpected mass movements-both internal and external-which typically lasted only one or two generations but in that time reshaped the nation, and created lasting tensions that were difficult to resolve.

  • 'Surviving Hell: A POW's Journey" by Leo K. Thorsness

    From the publisher: 'On April 19, 1967, Air Force Colonel Leo Thorsness was on a mission over North Vietnam when his wingman was shot down by an enemy MiG, which then lined up for a gunnery pass on the two American pilots who had bailed out. Although his F 105 was not designed for aerial combat, Thorsness engaged the MiG and destroyed it. Spotting four more MiGs, he fought his way through a barrage of North Vietnamese SAMs to engage them too, shooting down one and driving off the others. For this action, Thorsness was awarded the Medal of Honor.