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Obama's Overtime Reforms, Explained

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

In a blog post on The Huffington Post on Monday, President Barack Obama laid out his highly anticipated plan to extend overtime pay to more American w...

Making the Economy Work for the Many and Not the Few #11: Medicare Isn't the Problem; It's the Solution

Robert Reich | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

Again and again the upcoming election you'll hear conservatives claim that Medicare -- the health insurance program for America's seniors -- is running out of money and must be pared back. Baloney.

U.S. Presidential Hopefuls Play Middle-Class Card

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

By Luciana Lopez NEW YORK, June 17 (Reuters) - Don't call Chris Christie rich. The Clintons say they still have bills to pay. And Mike...

Helicopter Parenting Is A Trap. It's Time To Break Free

Julie Lythcott-Haims | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Julie Lythcott-Haims

Why did parenting change from preparing our kids for life to protecting them from life, which means they're not prepared to live life on their own? And why do these problems I'm writing about seem rooted in the middle and upper middle classes?

Trade Pacts and American Jobs

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

While the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal is being hotly debated in Congress, the fact is that this trade deal -- or any trade deal -- will have little impact on American jobs, or more specifically, on the decline in good-paying jobs for middle-class Americans.

Meet the Harlem Native Who Is on a Mission to End Poverty in America

NationSwell | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

The East Harlem headquarters of Single Stop, the nonprofit that Mason helped establish seven years ago, invites at-risk Americans from all walks of life to pay a visit. There, representatives demystify the labyrinthine process of accessing aid.

Would You Go on 'The Briefcase'?

Jason Stanford | Posted 06.07.2015 | Entertainment
Jason Stanford

The Hunger Games was supposed to be fiction, but maybe it was prophetic. Now comes The Briefcase, CBS's new reality show that pits desperate middle-class families against each other for financial survival.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Most Americans Think They're Still Middle Class, But Worry They Might Not Be For Long

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

America's middle class may be in trouble -- but what it means to be in the middle class depends on who you're talking to. A recent Gallup poll foun...

Rauner and Madigan Have the Power to Sink or Save Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.03.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While the two sides are disagreeing politically on how to run the best government for Illinoisans, Rauner, Madigan and their colleagues have surprisingly similar stated goals in the work: champion the middle class.

Severing the 'Gordian Knot': Defying Conventional Wisdom and Reversing Current Trade Policy

Gabriela Lemus | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Gabriela Lemus

Nobody begrudges the wealthy their wealth. The United States is an aspirational society after all. What they do begrudge is a rigged system that doesn't allow the average worker to lead a happy and healthy life -- one where their families are secure and their worries are lessened.

Indepreneur Rising

Jim Selman | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Jim Selman

Here are some tips I've shared with hundreds of indepreneurs that have proven useful when they "step out on their own," and face the world with nothing behind them, other than what they're offering and their network of family, friends and associates.

America's Rate of Homeownership Matters to You--Whether You Own a Home or Not

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 05.29.2015 | Business
Garrick T. Davis

Even the most casually informed reader has likely heard at least some of the troubling news and numbers tied to homeownership in America today.

A Dose of Reality

Dave Broome | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
Dave Broome

Over the last two months, I've had the privilege of traveling around the country for a new reality series that I created and executive produced for CBS. No, I didn't find the Fountain of Youth, or the Holy Grail, or a unicorn. I found something perhaps even more elusive... I found faith in humanity.

What Sucked Me Into the Great LA Car Chase

Terry K Carr | Posted 05.27.2015 | Los Angeles
Terry K Carr

Since the financial meltdown I've had to re-invent how I earn and have created work I can do at home. Being my own boss, I give myself breaks when I need to. Sometimes I'll turn on the TV, but not before five PM: A necessary rule as I have a long history of avoiding unpleasantness, which often means resting before I'm tired.

Obama's Advance Team Should Be Fired

David Morris | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
David Morris

The Obamas are proving singularly inept at choosing appropriate venues to highlight their initiatives.

The Middle Class Needs Help -- Not a Fast Track to Trade Deals

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

They say timing is everything in life. Well, if that's true, the timing of this legislation to approve fast-track trade authority could not be worse for middle-class families.

The Hypocrisy of 'Pro-Life' and the GOP

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In actuality, the GOP conducts itself as a party that stands for life until birth; then one is left to fend for oneself.

Rubio Will Likely Be the Republican Nominee

Sean McElwee | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The Florida senator is the ideal candidate to expand the Reagan coalition while holding on to the conservative base, and he can take shots at Clinton that would sound hypocritical coming from Bush. While his power as a candidate has yet to emerge in the polls, a misstep by Bush will send him straight to the top.

Opportunity or Inequality? That's No Choice at All

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll recently asked, "Which concerns you more: the income gap between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of the country, or middle and working class Americans not being able to get ahead financially?" If you understand how the economy works, that isn't just the wrong question. It's probably a meaningless one.

The Meaning of Middle Class

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has said, "We need to make the middle class mean something again." What does being middle class mean to Americans, and has the meaning changed?

Using the Poor as Novocain for Growing Economic Fears

Byron Williams | Posted 05.16.2015 | Business
Byron Williams

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recently signed into law a bill that would curtail what those who receive public assistance could purchase with their government-issued debit cards.

Now Is the Time for a Living Wage Law in America

Fred Lundgren | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

If you oppose a living wage law, I suggest you take the minimum wage challenge for one year. Try to live on a minimum wage for one year and then let's talk again. I'll bet your opinion will change.

How Democrats Are Fighting for Moms Every Day

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Mother's Day is about thanking moms for everything they do for their children. But I'm also thankful for everything Democrats do for moms. As a society, we must be committed to empowering moms to make those tough decisions and to create opportunities for them to succeed.

BIG: Buy Local, Invest and Hire Local, Give Local

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

Late last year, working with an impressive array of more than twenty institutional partners, the Insight Center for Community Economic Development launched an important new initiative.

Making the Economy Work for the Many, Not the Few -- Step 1: Raise the Minimum Wage

Robert Reich | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

Over time we've seen significant growth in the "working poor" -- people working full time, sometimes even 60 or more hours each week, but at such low wages that they remain impoverished. What to do?