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Video: Soaking Up Oktoberfest

Rick Steves | Posted 09.26.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

I joined my film crew in Munich this year for Oktoberfest -- the last festival we're filming for our "Europe's Top Ten Festivals" special that will ai...

Cost of Healthcare Becoming Too Real For the Middle Class

Merima Trako | Posted 09.26.2016 | HuffPost Home
Merima Trako

We all know that the days of affordable healthcare are long gone. In 2014 US healthcare spending has reached $3 trillion and for me this used to be an abstract figure to be pondered upon while I was reading morning papers. My recent encounter with laboratory bills for the tests that my doctor and my son's doctor ordered showed me how real these cost really were.

Conversation with International Billionaire CEO: Fears Trump Presidency Halts Strategic Plan to Offshore More American Middle-Class Jobs

Noel Irwin Hentschel | Posted 09.24.2016 | Politics
Noel Irwin Hentschel

London Financial District. Off the record interview with international billion-dollar business CEO who expresses the real fear about the Trump movemen...

Privilege Isn't An Effective Argument For Clinton

Noah Baron | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Noah Baron

If Clinton supporters genuinely want a united front against Donald Trump, they must recognize the fact that millions of voters no longer have the privilege of simply maintaining the status quo and living to fight another day--they are, on the contrary, already fighting to live another day.

Emerging From The Great Recession

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There was some rather important economic news yesterday, which could be summed up as "things are getting better."

Average Americans Just Got a Huge Income Boost

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics

It looks like Americans finally got a raise. The U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday released its annual report on income, poverty and health insurance. Eve...

This Labor Day, Let's Boost Opportunity In Every Zip Code

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 09.08.2016 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Labor Day is no picnic for millions of Americans who have never had a shot at a good job, or a meaningful chance at success. For far too many Americans, the dignity of work remains out of reach. Chronic opportunity gaps -- all too frequently concentrated in communities of color -- trap too many people in cycles of poverty and violence.

Trickle-Down Economics Led To The Rise Of Trump By Undermining Our Democracy

David Madland | Posted 08.22.2016 | Politics
David Madland

The fact remains that our three decade experiment with trickle-down caused the financial crash and Great Recession by deregulating financial markets and driving the deep indebtedness of the middle class, pushing an already weakened middle class to the brink. Enter Trump, seizing the terrain that trickle-down created.

The Clintons Throw America's Working Class Under the Bus -- Again. Coincidence or Fate?

Riley Waggaman | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Riley Waggaman

Poor Terry McAuliffe. When he announced that Hillary Clinton was obviously in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and then immediately recanted, we knew that he had been sacrificed in order to "test the waters".

Books for Our Times: [ital] Listen, Liberal [ital], by Thomas Frank

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.25.2016 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Seventh in an ongoing series, Books for Our Times. Much analysis this presidential season has focused on how far adrift the Republican party has mov...

5 Ways the News Media Can Get Real--and Be Part of the Solution

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 07.21.2016 | Media
Sarah van Gelder

Corporate television's obsession with Donald Trump contributed to his rise. But media can be part of the solution instead of the problem. Here's how. ...

What Economic Recovery? 62% of Americans Don't Even Have $1000 in Savings

Sol Palha | Posted 07.15.2016 | Business
Sol Palha

A key sign of financial health is savings; if one does not have a decent amount of money tucked away for a rainy day, it is a sign that all is not well. Americans have a very hard time sticking to a budget and saving, compared to their Asian counterparts.

I Am Class Conscious

Van Gosse | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Van Gosse

By now, the term "politically incorrect" has become a rubber chicken with which to beat one's opponents. But there is a subtler form of self-censorship crossing over our political divides, a social correctness. I mean our collective unwillingness or sheer inability to discuss class in any real way.

Trump: Some Working Class Hero

Eric Mink | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Eric Mink

Photo Bloomberg via Getty Images THE IDEA of Donald Trump as a crusader for ordinary Americans − the guy who'll fight for working class and middle ...

Stronger Unions Will Save The Middle Class, Labor Secretary Says

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 07.08.2016 | Business

More collective bargaining agreements are the key to building a stronger middle class, according to Secretary of Labor Tom Perez. Speaking to The Huf...

Democrats Must Fight To Defeat The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Bernie Sanders | Posted 07.10.2016 | Politics
Bernie Sanders

Over and over again, supporters of free trade have told us that unfettered free trade would increase jobs and reduce the trade deficit.

Stop Stealing Other Cultures For Fun

Zac Thompson | Posted 07.04.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Zac Thompson

There is nothing fun about seeing your culture appropriated and owned by an affluent middle class. It's time we stopped this despicable process. We need to stop branding the ideals of displaced people as something edgy.

It's About The 'Working' In 'Working Class'

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

Regardless of politics or personal belief, we must take seriously the "work" in "working class."

Why Inequity Is The Biggest Issue In Public Education

Quora | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education

We actually need to go beyond equal resources for schools, because our highest-need students require more resources than their counterparts who have every educational advantage. Hence, to achieve equity, we need to be prepared to invest more in our schools and students that have the greatest needs.

The Great Unraveling

Bill Shireman | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
Bill Shireman

Viewed in isolation, the fall of the EU in Britain and the rise of Donald Trump in the U.S. both reflect high-risk gambles by disillusioned voters to upend the establishment they blame for economic and cultural turmoil.

The Growing Diet Divide Between Rich And Poor In America

STAT | Posted 06.22.2016 | Healthy Living

Much like our politics and our incomes, the way Americans eat is becoming more and more divided

Privileged People Should Admit They Live In A Bubble

Murray Forseter | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

I live in a bubble because I don't fully understand or wish to accept that too many of my fellow countrymen outside my bubble have displayed a preference for a boob and bigot rather than a competent politician from either party.

Choose Right Now

Craig Snyder | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Craig Snyder

For the last three years, I've told your classmates that yours is the most important generation in human history, that you stand as the bridge between the adolescence and the potential for the adulthood of humanity.

Electionomics - The High Stakes for American Workers in the 2016 Elections

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

One of the unfortunate byproducts of the matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is that the presidential race has already become a contest o...

When Experts Get Stunned: Fed Tightening Cycle May Stimulate Inflation

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

The Federal Reserve's core guiding belief is that economic stimulus boosts economic growth, thus increasing employment opportunities, payrolls, tax revenues, corporate profits, retirement security and Wall Street wealth.