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Why Republicans Can't Convince People They Care About Inequality

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

American income inequality is a disaster for Republicans. Not for their donors, who are the principal beneficiaries of the new Gilded Age -- but for ...

Jekyll Island: This Gilded-Age Hideaway is Your Next Destination

Ashley Hardaway | Posted 05.28.2015 | Travel
Ashley Hardaway

Crossing through the glades adorned with marsh rabbits and waterfowl to arrive at Jekyll Island its hard to imagine that this sleepy, secluded island was once home to what a 1904 issue of Munsey's Magazine heralded as "the richest, the most exclusive, the most inaccessible club in the world."

The Nine Secret Cities of Newport, R.I.

Peter Mandel | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Getting to know Newport, Rhode Island, is -- how should I put this? -- just a bit different from touring around other famous resorts. You were thinking a quick walk-through of The Breakers or another summer mansion? Think again.

Philippine Economy and Elections: How Political Cycles Shape Emerging Markets

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Soon, the Philippines will be engulfed by an election fever. And in promising emerging markets like the Philippines, electoral cycles are extremely crucial to shaping the short-to-medium term growth trajectory of the country.

A Book and a Hotel from Ian Schrager

J. Michael Welton | Posted 05.13.2015 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

His story starts with the launch of Studio 54 in a former opera house and CBS studio on West 54th Street. "That was the first business -- all the forces of the universe came together," he says. "It was like holding onto a lightning bolt."

IL Governor Rauner's Pal Made $625,000 Per Hour Last Year and Then Gave $10 Million to Rauner Campaign to Attack Unions and Cut Worker Pay

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The New York Times reported yesterday that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's chief political backer, Ken Griffin, made $1.3 billion last year as manager of the hedge fund Citadel Capital. Griffin made as much personally as 26,000 average Americans making the median wage.

Searching For Madame X

Pia de Jong | Posted 03.08.2015 | Arts
Pia de Jong

Is it the blue-white skin, sensuous black velvet dress, bold breasts? No, it is her striking profile. That sharp, almost phallic nose, even more strongly drawn by the painter as if to challenge the viewers to put aside their prudery. She doesn't care; she's above it.

The Parties of No

Kevin Waite | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Kevin Waite

Long before today's Republicans made obstruction their raison d'etre, Gilded Age Democrats turned "No" into a political rallying cry, and, in the process, rolled back some of the era's most important social reforms.

Bar Harbor's Bounty, Natural and Man-Made: A Bus Drive and a Walk on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 09.27.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

The whole indented coastline with its layered pink granite cliffs and isles is the result of Mother Nature's efforts as a sculptress when she tempered the region with the onslaughts and retreats, the grindings and tearings of the last ice age.

Deep in the Tell-Tale Heart of the Texas GOP

Michael Winship | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

No, this is not some Game of Thrones spinoff. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the official 2014 platform of the Republican Party of Texas, 40 pages of unrestrained, right-wing bluster.

Gilded Newport: Monuments to America's Fortunes

Duane Wells | Posted 09.06.2014 | Travel
Duane Wells

Newport, Rhode Island has long been one of the most fashionable escapes for America's über wealthy.

Michael Calderone

Muckraking Journalists Needed Now More Than Ever As Inequality Gap Grows | Michael Calderone | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- As opulent mansions sprouted up on the Upper East Side in the late 19th century, reporter Jacob Riis journeyed through the slums downtown,...

Paul Blumenthal

How The 0.01 Percent Underwrites, And Undermines, Politics | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just four days after being named Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate in August 2012, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made a pilgrimage ...

Howard Fineman

A New Gilded Age Threatens The State Of Our Union | Howard Fineman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The numbers are shocking -- assuming that we still have the capacity for shock -- and they will form the backdrop for President Barack O...

Bob Greene Ignores the Socialist Origins of the Pledge of Allegiance

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

When we recite the Pledge of Allegiance, we should remind ourselves that it was written by a socialist who believed that "liberty and justice for all" meant more equality and a stronger democracy.

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.

The Way It Was, the One Percent, and What's Changed?

Dan Agin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dan Agin

In the year 1890 we had no TV and radio, nothing but newspapers, and the newspapers noted that year that more than half of America's vast wealth was owned by only 1 percent of the population. Sound familiar?

The Republican Government Shutdown Repeats 1995 But Couldn't Come at a Worse Time

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The 2013 Republican shutdown of the United States government could be far more damaging to the country than the previous GOP-led crusade that used extortion as a tactic to try to force the hand of a Democratic president.

Aaron Sorkin, George Clooney, Al Jazeera America and the Future of News

Brent Budowsky | Posted 10.23.2013 | Media
Brent Budowsky

To continue the discussion about the future of news from my recent column "Citizen Bezos": Al Jazeera America is now on air with promises to offer in-...

Adirondacks Camp Returning To Gilded Age Glory

AP | MICHAEL HILL | Posted 08.13.2013 | Travel

NEWCOMB, N.Y. -- Camp Santanoni will never again be a private refuge for the mega-rich to enjoy the Adirondacks in rustic opulence, but after two deca...

Like a Bad Cough: Why Austerity Economics Lingers

Steven Conn | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
Steven Conn

Despite the disgrace in which the case for austerity economics now resides, it is unlikely that politicians and policy-makers, either in Europe or in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, will change course anytime soon.

WATCH: Corporate Gold on the Fiscal Cliff

Bill Moyers | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Big Money, as Krugman writes in his book, buys Big Influence. And that's why the financiers of Wall Street never truly experience regime change -- their cash brings both political parties to heel.

Gregory Beyer

The Gilded Age: Lesser Figures Of The Enlightenment | Gregory Beyer | Posted 11.30.2012 | Comedy

(Illustrated by Christoph Hitz) This story originally appeared in Huffington, in the iTunes App store....

Gregory Beyer

The Gilded Age: Culture Wars Couples | Gregory Beyer | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics

(Illustrations by Christoph Hitz) This originally appeared in Huffington, in the iTunes App store....

Mitt's Antoinette Problem

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Mitt Romney and Marie Antoinette stand for the adoration of the privileged few who prosper from great nations and a condescension toward the many who make great nations, whom Romney should salute and not insult.