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Bobby Kennedy and the ShatterProof Thermos

Robert Ellis Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Ellis Gordon

As everyone knows, when Jack Kennedy died, he charmed his way past Saint Peter. Slipped in as if getting into Valhalla was no more of a challenge than getting with some pretty blond.

It's Not Easy Being Blue

Lynn Tilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lynn Tilton

At some point during our transition from manufacturing economy to financial service market, we set a taint on being blue; blue collar, that is.

Obama and the Invisible Workingman

David Paul Kuhn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Paul Kuhn

Obama's agenda has been broad, but he has not been consumed with the crisis of his time. That crisis is blue collar joblessness. It's always been about jobs. Yet the Democratic leadership seems to have only recently noticed.

Employment Recovery Needs Focus On

forbes.com | Joel Kotkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

White House operatives, as well as the Democrats in Congress, know high unemployment could bring big political trouble next year. But in their rush to...

President Obama Ties Reform To Rebuilding Middle Class

POLITICO | Carol E. Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PITTSBURGH -- President Barack Obama delivered his most strongly worded speech in defense of organized labor since taking office - tying health care r...

Happy Labor Day: an Oxymoron

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Will Durst

There are no fireworks to watch or ugly birds to cook or chocolate covered bunnies to steal marshmallows from. Just one Monday off for all those ordinary guys and gals trying to make ends meet.

Pop Your Blue Collar: The Case For Working With Your Hands

New York Times Magazine | Matthew B. Crawford | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The television show "Deadliest Catch" depicts commercial crab fishermen in the Bering Sea. Another, "Dirty Jobs," shows all kinds of grueling work; on...

The Nasty Class and Anti-Union Bias of Auto Bailout Opposition, or the Wall Street-Detroit Double Standard

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Weissman

Nancy Pelosi says the Congressional Republicans are playing Russian Roulette with the economy by refusing to agree to an auto industry bailout. But f...

Taxes Are Not Always A Bad Thing

Jennifer Bernard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennifer Bernard

The taxes on Joe-the-Plumber's $250,000 bought me my first-grade textbooks when my family was on food stamps. I do not feel guilty that Joe may have had to drink less-expensive champagne that year so that I could have a sandwich for dinner.

Obama Campaign Target: Blue-Collar Women Face Worst Gender Gap

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

Except among the highest earners, women with only a high school degrees face the highest gender gaps compared with men at their own education level.

How to Grab the Attention of Undecided Voters

Jonathan Leigh Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Leigh Solomon

Small details, exact costs, specifics, particulars -- all are fatal to a convention speech. Just ask Bill Clinton as he walked off the podium after delivering his keynote address at the 1988 Democratic Convention.

McCain to Hold "Virtual Town Hall" To Woo Clintonistas

M.S. Bellows, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
M.S. Bellows, Jr.

The Lieberman-inspired move to woo non-Republicans is designed to look like nonpartisanship, but it's really about maximizing the schism that the Clinton campaign created in the Democratic base.

Edwards' Endorsement Frees Obama In Picking Running Mate

M.S. Bellows, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
M.S. Bellows, Jr.

Clinton doesn't help Obama with his electoral map in November. He needs someone who has both pull in the states he wants to win and who can help repair rifts with rural white voters. Two names immediately come to mind.

The $109 Million Dollar Question: Is Clinton Really A Populist?

Dan Treul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dan Treul

This weekend, as Clinton defended her gas tax proposal against what she described as the "elite opinion" of professional economists, I, like so many others, had to ask the obvious question: Since when does a Clinton get off as such a populist?