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WATCH: From New York's Town Hall, Van Jones Announces A New 'Moral Movement'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.24.2011 | New York

After resigning from the White House Council on Environmental Quality almost two years ago in the face of a malicious campaign by some top conservativ...

The Middle Class Squeeze

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.22.2011 | Business
Jared Bernstein

I think it's great that in the midst of all this mishegoss on the debt ceiling, budget, deficits, stimulus, a Senate committee is taking the time to look at the longer term challenges that middle class families have been struggling with well before the recession took hold.

Small, Median and Obscenely Large: There's Nothing Average About the Middle Class

Tony Phillips | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Tony Phillips

SAN DIEGO -- I live with my wife and a 13-year-old and while each of us is different, we do all agree on some fundamental issues. Here are three thing...

WATCH: Robert Reich Solves U.S. Economy In Two Minutes

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 08.21.2011 | Business

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich knows what's wrong with the economy, and he says he can explain to viewers in less than three minutes. Since...

The Changing Class Divisions That Tear at Low-Income Families

June Carbone | Posted 08.17.2011 | Women
June Carbone

A new study of newlyweds found that increases in workloads were associated with increases in marital satisfaction for both men and women.

Saki Knafo

The Rise And Fall Of A Middle-Class Hero

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 02.27.2012 | New York

His mother was a public school teacher. His father was a "neighborhood lawyer" -- which is what you call a small-town lawyer whose "town" happens to b...

Medicaid: The Next Battleground

Ethan Rome | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

If the Republicans get their way and turn Medicaid into a so-called block grant, millions of seniors would be thrown out of nursing homes and middle class families would be slammed with crushing health care costs.

Arthur Delaney

The Rules Have Changed

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.23.2011 | Business

On July 17, 2009, Terry Harris of Jonesville, S.C., lost her job as an executive assistant at a promotional products company. The company, she says, w...

Middle-Class Americans More Productive, But Earning Less: Report

The Huffington Post | Janell Ross | Posted 07.20.2011 | Business

American workers' productivity has soared over the last 30 years, but that extra output hasn't translating into higher earnings for the American middl...

Brazil's Emerging Middle Class Choose Unusual Paths To Success

csmonitor.com | Julia Michaels | Posted 07.20.2011 | World

A paper cap corralling her long, curly hair and a white paper mask muffling the lilt of her salon gossip, Meire adjusts a neon ring of light and peers...

What Kind of God Do Wall Street Bankers Believe In?

Mike Lux | Posted 07.19.2011 | Business
Mike Lux

There was a pretty amazing moment Tuesday when a JPMorgan shareholder said to CEO Jamie Dimon: "As a person of faith, my God believes you shouldn't take advantage of people when they are down. Do you believe in the same God I believe in?"

10 CEOs Who Got Rich By Cutting Jobs

Mother Jones | Josh Harkinson | Posted 07.13.2011 | Business

The insecurity of the middle class has a lot to do with how executives are paid. Bonuses pegged to stock prices encourage CEOs to mercilessly outsourc...

Dead Hand of Governent Impoverishes the Middle Class

Chriss Street | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Chriss Street

Adam Smith, an 18th century economist, pioneered the concept of the "invisible hand" to describe how capitalism through self-interest, competition, and supply and demand, more effectively allocated resources than the "dead hand" of the state.

If "America Can Do Whatever We Set Our Mind To," How Come Our Leaders Won't Set Their Minds on Jobs?

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

"We do big things," President Obama said during his State of the Union speech in January. And, in fact, we do. Sometimes. Finding and dispatching Osama bin Laden certainly qualifies. But what about the jobs crisis at home?

The Forgotten Middle Class

Stella Moga | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Stella Moga

Many Americans are living paycheck to paycheck and can barely make ends meet. They are deemed as the working middle class. Our financial challenges of today are making it more and more difficult for the next generation of Americans to thrive and succeed.

Who's Budgeting for a Middle Class?

Heather McGhee | Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics
Heather McGhee

For the first time, the majority of Americans believe that their children won't be better off than they are. If current trends continue, they're absolutely right. So as the lights are dimming on the American Dream, what are America's political leaders doing?

Why Washington Should Pay Attention to the Economy Here and Now

Robert Reich | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The real truth in the latest job numbers is that the percent of working-age Americans actually working hasn't improved. It's as low as it was in the depths of the recession. 13.7 million people remain out of work. Hello Washington?

Unsung Heroes: Recognizing Our Public Servants

Sen. Tom Harkin | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Sen. Tom Harkin

For the good of the country, it is time to stop trying to tear people down and start having an adult conversation about the future of the American middle class, including the public servants who work to make all our lives better.

Labor and Capital in the 21st Century: Legacy of the Haymarket Affair

Mark Cassello | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Mark Cassello

May 1, 2011 marks the 125th anniversary of nationwide series of strikes that forced employers to begin to capitulate on the issue of the eight-hour wo...

'All of the Above' Is No Energy Policy: Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 06.22.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

The Obama Administration has done some historic therapy on America's oil addiction, including new vehicle efficiency standards, but the president's blueprint doesn't lay out the path to full sobriety.

Is Angry Birds Destroying America's Work Ethic?

Grant Cardone | Posted 06.19.2011 | Business
Grant Cardone

I recently downloaded Angry Birds to see what all the hype was about and immediately realized that the demise of the American work ethic is the fault ...

Department of Interior Sued for Refusing to Release Names of Individuals Involved in Contracting Abuses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 06.21.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The ASBL maintains that contracting officers who intentionally misrepresent large businesses as small should be prosecuted, and held accountable for their actions.

Oh, Please. There Is No Conspiracy Against the Poor and Middle Class in America.

James Napoli | Posted 06.20.2011 | Comedy
James Napoli

I wish liberals would get off their high horses and let go of their quaint little idea that there is some sort of conspiracy against the working class. There is no conspiracy. We are getting reamed in a very public way.

That Old 'Which Side Are You On?' Thing

Mike Lux | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Because Republicans want to destroy -- just utterly destroy -- unions, Medicare and Medicaid, the progressive movement and vast majority of the Democratic Party are on the same side. And it is a great feeling.

Eliminate Wasteful Tax Expenditures, Achieve Huge Budget Savings and Ensure Middle-Class Fairness

Rep. John F. Tierney | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Rep. John F. Tierney

More of the "tax day" focus should have been on wasteful tax code spending known as tax expenditures. Tax expenditures are subsidies, tax credits, ded...