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A Valentine's Day Lesson in Healthy Credit

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 02.14.2012 | Business
Jeanne Kelly

You need to invest in your relationships so they will grow, same with your credit. I'm not here to give you relationship advice, but as a credit coach...

5 Things Obama's Budget Does For Higher Ed

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.14.2012 | College

President Obama's budget proposal for the 2013 fiscal year would beef up spending on higher education. Appropriately, he unveiled it at a community c...

How To Haggle Like A Boss

Off Track Planet | Posted 04.15.2012 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Weird things are for sale out there and making them yours for a good price takes some courage and finesse. Luckily, haggling is a part of every culture and only those afraid to bargain get gypped.

10 Questions for Economists Who Oppose Manufacturing Subsidies

Jeff Madrick | Posted 04.14.2012 | Business
Jeff Madrick

Why are mainstream economists, right and left, so determined to push back any attempt to subsidize manufacturing in America?

White House Chief Of Staff: Now Is The Wrong Time For Austerity Measures

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2012 | Business

Washington, Feb 12 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's chief of staff, Jacob Lew, defended his boss on Sunday for failing to cut the U.S. budget de...

Michael McAuliff

White House Proposes Tax The Rich, Chop Medicare, In Election-Year Budget | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House will propose deep cuts and modest tax hikes Monday in a budget that aims to stick to last summer's debt deal by trimming...

Taking Care of America's Best Idea

Tom Kiernan | Posted 04.09.2012 | Green
Tom Kiernan

We must address our unsustainable deficit, but we are also in the midst of a recession. In any economy, it just doesn't make sense to compromise America's "best idea," our national parks.

How To Get The Best Cash-Paying Jobs Abroad

Off Track Planet | Posted 04.09.2012 | Travel
Off Track Planet

When your budget approaches the big "O" halfway across the world, everything becomes less peaches and sunshine and more hunger pangs and angry fits. Luckily, you don't need a trunk of Portuguese gold to turn the situation around.

Debt, Toll Roads and Patents

Dean Baker | Posted 04.07.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

If the deficit hawks really cared about our children's well being, they would be talking not just about deficits, but all the issues that affect the health of the economy and society that we will pass on to future generations.

"I Just Want a Job"

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Anyone who thinks welfare recipients do nothing but sit around and cash their checks isn't familiar with the schedules of Tiffany and many others like her.

In The Public Interest : House Transportation Bills Strikes First as Tragedy, Then as Dangerous Farce

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

The agenda for transportation advanced by the House this week flies directly in the face of clear trends in how Americans are choosing to travel.

No Budget? No Pay!

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 04.03.2012 | Impact

"No Budget, No Pay" will force our leaders to suffer financial consequences should they continue to fail to act to get our government moving forward again.  Or, hopefully, it will help convince them to see the light, put aside their labels, and act in the country's best interests.

A Disturbing Glimpse of GOP's Low Tax/Limited Regulation Utopia

Steven Strauss | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Steven Strauss

When a politician tells you s/he can cut your taxes and reduce regulations -- without increasing the budget deficit, and/or reducing the quantity (or quality) of services -- that politician is likely a liar.

5 Ways To Use Leftover Bread

Food52 | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste

There's a reason they call it the daily bread -- it's never the same after 24 hours. Fortunately, thrifty cooks are always coming up with ways to make use of whatever's left over.

Rescuing the American Dream

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For decades, the cornerstone of fulfilling the American dream has been getting a good education. But that cornerstone has crumbled for millions of America's children.

In the Public Interest: What Do Jon Stewart, Elizabeth Warren, and Barack Obama Have in Common?

Dan_Smith | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics

It's been a big week for calling out corporate tax dodgers.

The Calculus of Convenience

J.D. Roth | Posted 03.27.2012 | Business
J.D. Roth

For several years now, I've lived in a sort of financial sweet spot. After paying off my debt, I realized that Kris and I had everything we really wan...

The Alternative Millionaires' Minimum Tax

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.26.2012 | Business
Chris Weigant

President Obama last night called for a minimum tax rate of 30 percent on income over one million dollars. To some, this sounds like a radical idea, but it really isn't.

Reasons for Rejection and What You Can Do About It for Artists

Karen Atkinson | Posted 03.26.2012 | Arts
Karen Atkinson

Whether you are asking for a show, a pot of money, an in-kind donation, a fellowship or a residency, a few thoughtful considerations will go a long way towards less rejection.

Romney Proposals Would Slash Non-defense Programs

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

Romney's proposals would shrink non-defense discretionary spending -- which, over the past 30 years, has averaged 3.7 percent of GDP and never fallen below 3.2 percent  -- to just 1.7 percent of GDP by 2021.

The Secret Equation That Guarantees Better Credit

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 01.25.2012 | Business
Jeanne Kelly

Not every problem on my clients' credit reports can be traced to incorrect information. It would be nice if that was the problem but we can't blame all of bad credit scores on a typo.

Joshua Hersh

Hillary Clinton 'Rejected' Obama's 2011 State Department Budget: The New Yorker | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "rejected" President Obama's proposed 2011 budget for her department, according to a memo obtained by the New Yorke...

Ike's Nightmare

Derrick Crowe | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

Fifty-one years ago today, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued his final, prescient warning about the rising power of the military industrial complex. Eisenhower was right to be worried. We're living in his nightmare.

Flea-Markets and Foreign Aid: Things Aren't Always What They Seem

Rachel Cook | Posted 03.18.2012 | World
Rachel Cook

In 2010, the United States spent 20 percent of its budget on Defense and Security, as opposed to less than 1 percent on non-security related international assistance. This 1 percent is less than half of the foreign aid budget of the 1980s, and even less of earlier decades. What's the deal?

No More "King-Washing" the Pentagon, Please

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

Last year at this time, the Pentagon used the words of a friend of the King family to insinuate that, though King's plain words decry all forms of violence and war, today's wars are different and he would "understand" them.