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Magnet Schools Are an Important Option for LAUSD

Gary Orfield | Posted 02.19.2012 | Education
Gary Orfield

We need to make sure that students from all parts of the city have the right to participate in this important alternative, which is one of the only real paths to college, particularly for disadvantaged students, that's left in the City of Los Angeles.

Off the Cliff

Rep. Bruce Braley | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Rep. Bruce Braley

It's unacceptable. Letting the payroll tax cut expire would not only take money away from struggling middle class families -- it would put a damper on job creation in our weak economy.

Selling Mother's Louis Vuittons on eBay

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 02.15.2012 | Style
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

My mother gave birth to me at 30 but not really that many years separated us. And yet, between the objects that defined her, and those that characterize me? Well, there seems to be an intergalactic-sized caesura.

Majority Say They're Living The American Dream: Poll

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.16.2011 | Business

The economy might be failing, pushing millions of Americans down the earnings ladder, but many people nevertheless say they're living the American dre...

Obama Needs More Involuntary Head-Nods

Eliot Daley | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Eliot Daley

Maybe, just maybe, President Obama is finally shaking off his subdued demeanor and will resume the kind of soul-stirring leadership stance that carried him into office.

The American Dream: The Forgotten Leading Actor

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

As any veteran of social movements knows, no major social reforms succeed in Washington without strong union support and mobilization.

The Undercover Mother

Deborah Gaines | Posted 02.04.2012 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

Here in the suburbs, I meet middle-aged people who feel they've sacrificed their "real" selves for a deadening life of Subarus and softball practice. Frankly, I can't relate to these complaints. Take it from someone who knows: It's not that hard to stay poor or make stupid decisions about your relationships.

Invisible Americans: The Overlooked Millions Inside Those Job Numbers

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.03.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

People in Washington over-complicate the debate by tinkering at the margins: tax-break this, incentive that. Those things will have some effect, but there's a simpler and better way to fix the joblessness problem: put people to work.

Notes From a Party for Rich People

Daniel Cubias | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

The aluminumadores in my neighborhood at least try to maintain some kind of dignity in spite of their humiliating circumstances. Contrast that with what I witnessed at the upscale party, where a wealthy man groveled and whined just to get his friends inside.

Nearly All Who Lost Jobs In The Recession Are Worse Off Now: Poll

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.02.2011 | Business

The economy is technically in recovery, but for a vast number of Americans, things are worse now than they were three years ago. A recent poll of A...

Stop Digging Us Into an Ever Deeper Hole! Or, How Not to Argue for the Payroll Tax Holiday

Lawrence Mishel | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Mishel

President Obama and many Democrats are making the case for an expansion of the payroll tax holiday primarily on the grounds of protecting middle-class families from a tax hike. This is intrinsically problematic even if it seems politically expedient.

Take My Wealth, Please: One Percenters Who Fight For The 99 Percent

Posted 12.01.2011 | Business

By Bruce Watson AOL Daily Finance Occupy Wall Street is slowing down a bit as winter sets in, but the conversation it inspired is still gaining m...

The American Spring

Ronald Ricker | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Ronald Ricker

Somewhere, sometime, accelerating rapidly recently, we Americans have lost it--the American Dream. We were the land of opportunity, the land of equa...

Easy Way for Obama to Regain Student Love

Trey Ellis | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Trey Ellis

The upcoming Obama/Romney title bout might very well go down as the least enthusiastic in years. The right will hold their noses and vote R while the...

Not the America I Envisioned

Jim Worth | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Jim Worth

This country, America, has become ugly, and it's my generation that has made it this way.

Middle-Class Jobs Disappearing In Workforce Shift: Report

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

America is increasingly becoming a place of high- and low-skill jobs, with less room available for a middle class. A new report from the Federal R...

A Very Middle Class Revolution - Why We Need The IPhone Activists Of The Occupy Wall Street Movement

Alexander Walters | Posted 01.20.2012 | UK Politics
Alexander Walters

It's easy now for Theresa May to mock the skinny-jeaned hipsters buying their Starbucks lattes when they're not loitering outside St Paul's, but it may not be so for much longer. Whilst the Occupy movement and it's offshoots might seem at times a little try-hard, with its smartphone-clutching legions marshalled forth by Twitter and Facebook, anybody who wants change needs them to keep shouting.

Rahm Emanuel Blasts GOP Candidate

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had some harsh words for Mitt Romney Sunday, saying the Republican presidential candidate "turns a blind eye" to the middle...

Super Failure?

Jim Worth | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Jim Worth

The difficult task of finding $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions has fallen into the laps of 12 hand-selected members of Congress. It does seem like a lot of money! But their time horizon is 10 years. An entire decade to reduce the deficit by only $150 billion a year? Seriously?

Who Else Is Mad As Hell?

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

What America stands for is now being threatened. Right now the Occupy protesters are leading the moral struggle on behalf of the 99 percent in our country.

Facing the Facts About Shared Sacrifice

Gregory Floyd | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Gregory Floyd

Protests are forming all over the country, and the message is clear: it's time for this country to be taken away from the wealthy special interests and given back to the people.

Fewer Americans Living In Middle-Class Areas As Country Divides Between Rich, Poor: Study

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.16.2011 | Business

In the latest sign of a deteriorating middle class, growing number of Americans are living either in poor or affluent neighborhoods, not somewhere in ...

Republican Attacks on Workers' Rights Won't Create Jobs

Sen. Tom Harkin | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Sen. Tom Harkin

The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency charged with an important mission. In fulfilling that mission, the hardworking people at the Board are just doing their jobs. Now it's time for the House of Representatives to do the same.

How to Shop to Boost the Middle Class This Season

Hillary St. Pierre | Posted 01.11.2012 | Impact
Hillary St. Pierre

This year's Occupy Wall St.'s War on Poverty has brought a new form of enlightenment to shopping, and believe it or not, it's possible to shop for the upcoming holidays like an heiress while boosting the middle class.

Americans Increasingly Unable To Put Food On The Table

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.10.2012 | Business

The country might be in a recovery, but it surely doesn't feel that way to the large number of American households struggling to put food on the table...