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Five Things Business Leaders Must Do in 2011

Jeffrey Hollender | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Hollender

As 2010 came to a close, Edelman public relations released the results of a survey on the public attitudes toward American business. The results were pretty ugly.

'How Everybody Exists' Doesn't Have to Be

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

The surprising gem in an Inquirer piece was that APCO VP Bill Pierce agreed with me. He acknowledged that interest-funded pressure groups "are all over the place" in Washington. "That's how everybody exists here," Pierce said.

11 Companies That Are Hoarding The Most Cash

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Instead of building plants or hiring workers, corporate America is clinging to its cash. Companies are sitting on $1.93 trillion in cash and liquid...

How Handbag Designer Dareen Hakim Left Wall Street and Hasn't Looked Back

Nour Akkad | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Nour Akkad

Imagine working for one of the most successful beauty companies in the world and imagine choosing to give it all up at the height of the financial crisis. A risky move, one that handbag designer Dareen Hakim says it was all worth it.

Here's to Female "Troublemakers" Making History

Mary Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Hughes

For many women of the baby boom generation, "making trouble" requires a gentle nudge -- even in the name of worthy causes. Happily, that's changing.

William Daley as White House Chief of Staff: The Wrong Direction

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Weissman

The nation's great policy crisis, and the Obama administration's political crisis, is the Great Recession and the fact that one in six Americans who w...

Darrell Issa Invites His Capitalist Cronies to Cry Wolf

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Darrell Issa wants to hand the government over to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a who's who of corporate America. Here comes the latest installment in a long history of corporate lackeys in government practicing crony capitalism.

From Heresy to Dogma: How Uncommon Bedfellows Changed the Environmental Movement

Gwen Ruta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gwen Ruta

These days, the need for private sector leadership is greater than ever. And the good news is that even in the midst of a global recession, Corporate America hasn't shied away from investing in environmental initiatives.

GOP Message For Businesses That Worked With Obama: We Won't Forget

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Republicans have a message for the businesses that worked closely with the Obama administration over the past two years on key controversial issues: W...

The Fall Of Corporate Leadership

Paul R. Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul R. Lawrence

I propose a different kind of corporate charter in which the power of the owners does not overwhelm the voices of the other stakeholders affected by the corporation's actions.

Are We Just Running Away?

Matt Kepnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Matt Kepnes

In America, you are expected go to school, get a job, get married, buy a house, and have your 2.5 children. It's like The Matrix, and any serious deviation is considered abnormal.

The Unsung Heroes of Gov 2.0

Kety Esquivel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Kety Esquivel

In 2003, I left a corporate job in management to work on a presidential campaign. I took a two-thirds pay cut. Why? I was inspired by the promise of an accountable and open government by, for and of the people.

A Pledge to 1% of America

Terrance Heath | Posted 10.08.2010 | Politics
Terrance Heath

The "Pledge to America" is, in truth, a pledge to continue the same policies that brought us the current economic crisis.

WHAT A WASTE: Companies Using Mounds Of Cash To Buy Back Stock Rather Than Generate Jobs

Washington Post | Jia Lynn Yang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For months, companies have been sitting on the sidelines with record piles of cash, too nervous to spend. Now they're starting to deploy some of that ...

Chevron Throws Book at Shareholder Activist (Me)

Antonia Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Antonia Juhasz

On May 26, I was arrested at Chevron's annual shareholder meeting. Chevron, a California-based company, held the meeting at its Houston office -- the ...

Diversity Programs Don't Stop Mad Men Sexism

Marcia Reynolds | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia Reynolds

For the health of our companies, the economy and our daughter's futures we need to do something about the inequalities women face in corporate America.

When Testosterone And Corporate Deals Merge

Arlene Weintraub | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Arlene Weintraub

Testosterone-laden execs have propensity to initiate deals, but they're also more likely to rebuff acquisition attempts by rivals, or to scrap deals that are already in progress. New study finds.

'They,' Tea and Me

Steven Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Weber

Seeing that real anger has been roused in the hearts of normal working citizens, "they" went into action and placed arguably attractive drones to lead the flock away from the real source of their anger, all the while playing the victim.

Save American Democracy, or What's Left of It

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

In the First Election After Citizens United, Voters Need to Beware and Organized to Combat Massive Power of Concentrated Corporations This is the fir...

Shop the Economy Back to Health? Not When You're Unemployed!

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Claudia Ricci

I'm no economist and my stint as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal was years back now. But you don't have to be a business expert or a rocket scientist to know when a newspaper byline is total bulls***.

We Are the Power Base

Kenneth Kales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kenneth Kales

We, the people, have been far too trusting in delegating our society's equities to those at the top rung. Instead, what is needed now is a return of power to the people.

Progressives Deserve to Be Worried About the Obama Administration

Steven G. Brant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven G. Brant

The progressive house the Obama administration has built so far is like the home built of straw in the story of "The Three Little Pigs". It looks okay, but when the Big Bad Wolf comes along he has no trouble blowing it over.

CEO's, Don't Spend Your Time Being Average

Debbie Robins | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Debbie Robins

The "pull to equilibrium" is the nemesis -- the Darth Vader if you will -- of innovation, courage and speedy execution. And these are the three keys to winning unlimited market share in today's global economy.

Time to Have an Impact

Rob Densen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rob Densen

No matter our individual circumstances, no matter how blessed or burdened, every day is an opportunity to have an impact.

Washington's Gain Is the Nation's Loss

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

The Washington economy is super-charged by the inflow of new federal government money and the legal and lobbying business generated by a government proposing and issuing new laws and rules.