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Elizabeth Warren Pushes 3 Family-Friendly Bills The GOP Won't Pass

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

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The Topic of Money

Hope Kumor | Posted 07.22.2015 | College
Hope Kumor

Money has always been an awkward topic I choose not to talk about. The reason could be because I never really had money. I grew up in a middle class family and money was tight at times.

Are You In The Global Middle Class? Find Out With Our Income Calculator

Pew Research Center | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 07.20.2015 | World

On a global scale, just 13 percent of the world’s population could be considered middle income in 2011, according to a new Pew Research Center a...

The China Syndrome

Peter D. Kiernan | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Peter D. Kiernan

Never airbrush the Communist Party out of the Chinese markets -- for all of the freeing up of individual access there remains an abiding faith in Beijing's ability to provide a soft landing. And state-owned media's urging of its citizens to invest took hold.

America's Short Circuit: Parenting and Schooling

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 07.14.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

Enough has been said how the educational focus on academic achievement greatly favors the privileged class. I don't think enough has been explored on how much it discriminates against underprivileged students

Shared Security: A New Deal for the New Century

Richard Kirsch | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

If Social Security, the minimum wage, unemployment insurance, and the 40-hour workweek laid the foundation for the middle class in the 20th century, what would be the equivalent for the 21st century? The odd couple of a billionaire entrepreneur and a labor leader have come up with what could be a breakthrough proposal for rebuilding the middle class.

A Blueprint for Getting America Back on Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Given the economy's size and complexity, our problems cannot be solved by tinkering around the edges. Instead, a total revamp is necessary, one that both grows the middle class while reining in the runaway excess of the business class.

Overtime: Finally, A Break for the Middle Class

Robert Reich | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

The U.S. Department of Labor just proposed raising the overtime threshold -- what you can be paid and still qualify to be paid "time-and-a-half" beyond 40 hours per week -- from $23,600 a year to $50,400. This is a big deal. Some 5 million workers will get a raise.

Dave Jamieson

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.