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Why You Can't Count On A Raise Anymore

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business

When it comes to salary, your employer no longer wants to marry you. He's more looking to date and see how it goes. Right now, it's going pretty well....

Report From Purple America: Donald Trump, Anger and the Diminishment of the American Dream

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
Stuart Muszynski

In the recent Republican Debate, Ohio Governor John Kasich commented that Donald Trump has struck a cord in America -- that people are angry and fed up. Since then, Trump has continued his ascent in the polls and the reality of this anger has set in.

What the Overtime Proposal Is Really About

Debra L. Ness | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

In July, the U.S. Department of Labor demonstrated an exceptional commitment to America's working families by proposing an update to the rules that determine who qualifies for overtime pay.

Everything You Think You Know About the History and Future of Jobs Is Likely Wrong

Scott Santens | Posted 08.20.2015 | Technology
Scott Santens

Centuries of data may show us how jobs have been both destroyed and created, but recent decades worth of more nuanced data more importantly show us there's more to this story.

The Trumping of Real Over Unreal

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

Donald Trump is producing an endless field day of a political season for any psychologically-inclined media looky loo. The outrage and shock waves fo...

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.