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What Made America Famous

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Many Americans believe that the top one percent is responsible for the rising tide of inequality in America, which is swamping and drowning the other 99 percent. Professor Emmanuel Saez of the University of California at Berkeley says that they are wrong.

Tim Geithner and the Wall Street Bailout Redux

Robert Reich | Posted 07.14.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

Timothy Geithner's new book about the financial crisis, Stress Test, is basically an argument that the Wall Street bailout succeeded. That's hardly surprising, given that Geithner was in charge of the bailout when Treasury Secretary, and so has an inherit interest in telling the public it succeeded.

Fighting Hunger on Michigan's Northern Frontier

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

Food banks like ours are equipped to save surplus food before it ends up in the landfill, but since the recession, our network has been stretched to capacity by the growing need.

What Did We Learn From the Economic Crisis?

James A. Cusumano, Ph.D. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
James A. Cusumano, Ph.D.

Instead of measuring "progress" by increasing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and all of the challenges that go with this strategy, why not financially reward those who increase our quality of life?

The Bond Market Disagrees With The Fed: So What's New About That?

Terry Connelly | Posted 06.22.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Bond traders seem to have seen Steve Martin's The Man With Two Brains so often they have forgotten it was a comedy. And these are the folks the equity markets are supposed to pay attention to?

How Can We Adjust to New Hard Times?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 06.22.2014 | Fifty
Malcolm Boyd

Let's face it: life for average people isn't getting easier. As a matter of fact, it's enormously complicated. Aging itself requires far more skill than it did. It's not an easy process at all.

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Jack Nadel | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Jack Nadel

When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first inaugural address on March 4, 1933, he was advising an anxious nation that fear itself was the...

Jobs Report: First Impression

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.04.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

With today's report, private sector employment has finally regained its pre-recession peak. It has taken more than six years for private sector jobs to recover, an extremely stark reminder of the depth of the downturn and the weakness of what's been a plodding labor market recovery.

Throwing Rocks at the Dark

Craig Giesecke | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Craig Giesecke

Caught between a life they no longer have and a government support system that's constantly under rabid attack, the result the unemployed are facing is anger, and personal and professional inertia.

It Was The Best of Times, The Most Indulgent of Times

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.02.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Young Americans have gotten a fair share of criticism in recent decades. For the harshest critics, it's a generation of narcissistic brats. Have they been spoiled by indulgent, overprotective parents, who lavished their kids with unearned praise? Or perhaps it's something else entirely.

Great teachers have a great impact

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.01.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

Since the start of the Great Recession, public employees have been the target of much disdain and many cuts. One of the sectors hardest hit from these...

Greenspan's Greed and the Federal Deficit

Harlan Green | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

We have you to thank, Dr. Greenspan, for those "opportunities for avarice" that resulted from of your unbridled enthusiasm for such policies at that time. It also brought on the Great Recession and record deficit we have today.

"FedUp" Activists Identify the Source of Economic Pain -- The Federal Reserve

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Jerry Ashton

For the first time since the '30s, the 99 percent stood up and pointed out the real culprits -- Wall Street and the politicians they own. People listened, they heard, and began to believe.

Understanding How Americans View the Environment

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.24.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

It is a mistake to think that most Americans, especially young Americans, "don't get it" or don't care about the planet. They do.

So Fannie and Freddie Weren't the Problem...

Harlan Green | Posted 05.21.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

We are learning just how much mortgage fraud was committed by 18 national and international banks and other financial entities that the Federal Housin...

The Recession's Permanent Wounds On My Generation

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.13.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I went through the first 35 years of my working life having to look up how to spell 'laid off.' For real. It was just one of those brain twerks; to this day, I never type the words 'meditate' or 'environment' right the first time either. But I sure learned how to spell 'laid off.'

Only One Country Recovered From The Recession Faster Than The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

The U.S. economy recovered from the recession quicker than every country except Germany, according to a report released Monday by President Barack Oba...

Janet Yellen's Nemesis--The Great Moderation

Harlan Green | Posted 05.06.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

New Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen has a great task ahead of her. How to combat the results of the Great Moderation, as it was called, that period of l...

Zach Carter

How Bill Clinton's 'F***in' Lie' On The Debt Kneecapped Democrats

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An internal Clinton administration memo, released last week, appears to show economic adviser Gene Sperling decrying parts of a planned ...

The Future of Democracy

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

A recent essay in The Economist examines what's gone wrong with democracy. The last quarter of the twentieth century was a heyday for democracy as n...

Oscar React: The Real 'Wolfs of Wall Street' Are Still Roaming Free

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Dennis M. Kelleher

To the extent that the movie implies that this relatively small time hustler was Wall Street's biggest, worst, most notorious or even a representative wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorcese are howling up the wrong tree.

Joe Moglia's Personal Story (Behind His Success)

Natalie Pace | Posted 04.30.2014 | Business
Natalie Pace

In the first of my two-part interview with Coastal Carolina head coach (and TD AMERITRADE chairman) Joe Moglia, we drilled into the details of Joe's Be a Man philosophy, which, according to him, is what lies at the heart of his success in business, on the football field and in life. Here's what BAM looks like in action.

Be a Man: Success Strategies From a Winning CEO and Head Coach -- Joe Moglia

Natalie Pace | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business
Natalie Pace

He took a college football team that was one of the worst in the country, and made them division champions overnight, two years in a row. Before becoming the head coach at Coastal Carolina, Joe was the CEO and chairman of TD AMERITRADE, where he led the company from a market value of $700 million to $10 billion.

Watch: The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Everyone knows about the military-industrial complex, which, in his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned had the potential to "endanger our liberties or democratic process" but have you heard of the "Deep State?"

An Anthropologist Looks at the United States

American Anthropological Association | Posted 04.23.2014 | Impact
American Anthropological Association

We need to look in the mirror, or be remembered as living in a mirage.