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Maxwell Strachan is a business editor at The Huffington Post. He previously worked at Salon, the Center for Governmental Studies and

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Being A Hot Dude Still Really, Really Great, Study Finds

(102) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 3:00 PM

Despite what you may have heard from conservatives about the supposed "War on Men," being a guy is still a pretty good deal. Especially if you're hot.

A new study finds that attractive men are much more likely than women to convince people that they...

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Two Charts That Will Enrage Everyone (Well, Except Bankers)

(775) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 4:58 PM

Take every single dollar made by full-time workers earning the federal minimum wage last year. Now double that pile of cash. OK, now we’re in Wall Street bonus territory.

Wall Street pulled in $26.7 billion in cash bonuses last year, according to estimates revealed Wednesday by...

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We Need To Fix The Economy Before This Chart Becomes Our Reality

(570) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 10:46 AM

One of the saddest truths about the so-called economic recovery is that the middle-class jobs lost in the recession are being replaced by low-paying ones. But the even sadder truth is that the situation isn't going to improve for a while.

Over the next decade, a significant...

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The Maddening Truth About SAT Scores

(215) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 7:46 AM

The College Board, the nonprofit company that owns the SAT, announced a number of changes to the college admissions test Wednesday. In large part, the changes are an attempt to level an unfair playing field when it comes to test prep for high school students across the country....

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These 26 Companies Pay No Federal Income Tax

(223) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 2:38 PM

Many American companies are paying federal income taxes at far below the 35 percent rate often cited as the highest in the world. And many of the most profitable companies are effectively paying no taxes at all, according to a new report by the left-leaning...

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I Just Racked Up $26 In ATM Fees And I Want To Die

(128) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 7:01 AM

Like any good New Yorker, I would rather get punched in the face by my best friend than be forced to look at my monthly bank statement.

It's not that I'm some sort of reckless spender who blows money on ridiculous things like cab rides or vegetables. I just...

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Obama Started Fighting Inequality Years Ago -- You Just Didn't Notice

(849) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 9:23 AM

If you’re searching for a modern-day Robin Hood, look no further than Obamacare, or the 2010 Affordable Care Act as it’s more boringly known.

That’s because President Obama’s landmark health care reform law indeed does take from the rich (and middle class) and give to the poor,...

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11 Reasons We Must Take A Stand Against Inequality

(359) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 8:15 AM

The American rich have perhaps never had it so good. In fact, they took home more of the nation's income in 2012 than at any time in the past century. And despite what their most vocal defendants might say, that's a problem for all of us....

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Definitive Proof That Life Isn't Fair, In 2 Charts

(27) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 9:48 AM

It's a bummer, but it's true. And in a new paper by economists at Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley, we found a couple of charts that show how the life we're born into determines the life we lead.

Let's first take a look at...

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Kids Will Eat Veggies If You Pay Them, Economists Find

(45) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 12:31 PM

Countless hours and endless parenting articles have devoted themselves to this daunting question: How do you get kids to eat their vegetables?

Now a revolutionary answer comes from two economics professors: Pay the kids!

The idea comes courtesy of Cornell’s David Just and Brigham Young’s Joseph Price, who ran a...

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This 1 Street Perfectly Depicts America's 'Defining Challenge'

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 11:36 AM

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If you ever find yourself in Manhattan on East 98th Street, between 5th Ave. and 3rd, take a look around: You're standing in the middle of what Barack Obama recently called "the defining challenge of our time."

Looking south, you'll...

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The U.S. Is A Gas-Guzzling Horror Show, In 1 Chart

(495) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 12:55 PM

No country in the world knows how to fill 'er up quite like the good old U.S.A., not even the countries that keep gas prices well below market rates. If you need proof, take a look at this chart, via a new report on fuel subsidies by...

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Walmart Is Now Profiting Off 'Occupy Wall Street,' Because Capitalism

(36) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 9:25 AM

Looking for a way to broadcast your anti-corporate worldview? The world's largest retailer has your back.

Over at, you can buy an Occupy Wall Street poster for only $42.75:

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That's correct, Walmart is selling a huge photo of the...

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Area Man Accidentally Demolishes Arguments Against $15 Minimum Wage

(138) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 9:47 AM

Opponents of raising the minimum wage warn businesses could react with mass layoffs or soul-crushing price increases. But an owner of one of those businesses just said those arguments are complete crap.

Here's what Han Kim, a partner at a Holiday Inn Express franchise, said when the Wall Street...

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'American Dream' More Alive In Canada Than The U.S., In 2 Charts

(65) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 11:57 AM

Welcome to America, land of the free, home of the high intergenerational earnings elasticity.

What’s that, you say? You don’t know what intergenerational earnings elasticity is? Well, it’s basically a measure of how hard it is to for someone to end up in an income class different...

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McDonald's Pulls Advice On How To Tip Au Pairs, Massage Therapists

(205) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 5:27 PM

McDonald’s has pulled down advice on how to tip au pairs and pool cleaners from a website meant to provide company workers with “practical solutions to many of life’s problems and challenges.”

In the now-deleted post, focused on holiday tipping etiquette, McDonald's workers are...

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