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Maxwell Tani

House Democrats Want Republican Women To Help Pass Paid Leave Legislation

HuffingtonPost.com | Maxwell Tani | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

Though GOP lawmakers generally panned the proposals in last week's State of the Union address, House Democrats are hoping that a coalition of Republic...

Middle-Income Housing Affordability: International Situation

Wendell Cox | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Wendell Cox

Housing costs are the largest element of household budgets, and they vary far more between cities. By comparison, other expenses, such as transportation, clothing and food vary little between cities.

More Money More Problems? Not Really!

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.26.2015 | Money
Steve Siebold

Money can't solve every problem or eliminate every worry, but it does have the power to reduce stress in tough times while providing opportunity in good times.

Not Lovin' It: McDonald's Wages Class War in New Ads

Kristin Wartman | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Kristin Wartman

If McDonald's really cares about the average American, as it purports to in its ads, how about some real transparency that makes it so "every-man" has more information about what he (or she) is eating?

States Where The Middle Class Is Dying

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business

Click here to see the states where the middle class is dying. The American economy is by many measures well on the road to full recovery. The nati...

Jason Linkins

So, That Happened: Congress Delivered Its State Of Disarray

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics

In last week's speech, the most newsworthy moment came when the president emphasized the importance of what he called "middle-class economics." The quick, hot take was that by doing so, Obama was opening a new round of combat with Republicans.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Steals GOP's Honeymoon

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most of our article today is going to deal with Obama and his speech, ending with the snappiest portions as this week's talking points. But before we get to that, let's take a quick look at what the Republicans have been up to, as well as some other minor political news of the week.

Wealth: Legitimate and Illegitimate

Edward Corcoran | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

Excessive wealth accumulation is the result of permissive conditions that allow and even promote it. Lobbying efforts and campaign contributions are major avenues of influence. But these ultimately depend on public acceptance of rationales which facilitate wealth accumulation.

Presidential War Lies, Standing Ovations and the Great Waste of Everything

Matthew Hoh | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

The president last night had the gall to state not just victory in our wars, but to take credit for the great and loving care American veterans are receiving.

What Obama Didn't Say About Rising Wages

Reuters | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business

Multiple government surveys suggest income growth remains much slower than before the 2007-09 recession.

Michael McAuliff

Dem: Obama's Plans Won't Work Unless He Can Fix Campaign Money Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama may have a strong message for the middle class and voters in his State of the Union address, but it won't matter ...

Mindful Money

Ira Israel | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Do you consider your bank account to be an accurate indicator of your success in comparison to your fellow humans on planet earth? Well, then BRAVO! Well done! Because there are at least 3,500,000,000 people who survive (barely) on less that what you paid for your cup of coffee or tea this morning.

The Sad State Of America's Middle Class, In 6 Charts

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business

There should be little doubt that the middle class is in trouble.

Embracing Populism

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The main theme of a national election can turn on a dime, due to a major world event or even due to the public's fascination with one unforeseen minor topic. But, at least for the time being, the 2016 election seems to be shaping up as a race centered on economic populism.

The Issue That's Looming Over The Final Years Of Obama's Presidency

Reuters | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics

(Adds reference to Obama tax proposal) By Howard Schneider DALTON, Georgia Jan 18 (Reuters) - Barack Obama enters the f...

We Have Cure for What Ails State of the Union

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

We've finally emerged from the crash of 2008. We've had 58 consecutive quarters of job growth. Unemployment is declining. Productivity is up. Yet, most Americans aren't exactly high-fiving each other. Never mind the state of the union; the state of their households isn't great.

Democrats' Plan Would Benefit Middle Class, Target Rich

Reuters | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic congressional leaders plan on Monday to unveil proposed legislation to boost the middle class by givi...

Friday Talking Points -- Nous Sommes Charlie Hebdo

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Je suis Charlie Hebdo. In fact, let's go even further: Nous sommes Charlie Hebdo. Because we are all Charlie, this week. However, most of the American media cravenly allowed the terrorists to dictate their editorial policy this week, which is truly disappointing.

The End of the American Middle Class?

Steven Strauss | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Steven Strauss

In the brave new world envisioned by pundits, we will all be micro-entrepreneurs with personal brands -- each of us controlling our own destiny, selling our services into digitally enabled markets. Traditional employers and wage slavery will be extinct.

Elizabeth Warren: Our Populist Agenda -- In Her Own Words

Roger Hickey | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Senator Elizabeth Warren has become the most visible leader of the growing populist movement that is uniting a new majority around an agenda for economic change. But with media visibility comes over-simplified media analysis.

Police and Protesters as Potential Allies

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The concept of meritocracy provides justification and cover to the nation in refusing to acknowledge and in denying the actual causes for the tremendous chasms in the wealth distribution and in educational achievement, and for the overall systemic inequities based on social identities.

Speak Up and Give Back if You Want the Economy to Improve

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 12.26.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

No one is arguing for complete equality of income. Not even close. We celebrate the success of the One Percent, and rightly so. All we ask, especially in this time of giving, is for the compassion, the humility, the shared experience that existed only a few decades ago.

Flawed 'CRomnibus' Spending Bill Hurts Latino Families and Workers

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 12.22.2014 | Latino Voices
NCLR Action Fund

Beyond recklessly rolling back the financial protections of Dodd-Frank, Congress tacked on several other policy changes to the spending bill that threaten the lives and livelihoods of working families.

The Future of the Democratic Party

Gov. Jack Markell | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Gov. Jack Markell

We need to prepare our people and our businesses to prosper in a world where businesses have more choices than ever before about where to hire and where computers are increasingly doing the work of laborers.

The High Costs of Status Seeking

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.10.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

What is the psychosocial link between income gaps and societal dysfunction?