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'Third World America': 11 Books Predicting The Collapse Of The Middle Class (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Caroline Eisenmann and Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Third World America": as Arianna says in her video about the book, it's a tough phrase to swallow when it comes to how we perceive America's powerful...

Laura Bassett

Middle Class No More, Families Struggle to Fight off Homelessness | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

A unique feature of this recession is how damaging it has been to the nation's middle class, driving its members further and further away from the Ame...

Krugman's Takedown of Ryan Demonstrates How Conservatives Are at War With the Middle Class

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Beginning with the Reagan administration, and reaching its fullest realization under George W. Bush, conservatives have systematically been acting to redistribute wealth from the middle class upward.

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Huffington Post | Rob Fishman and Craig Kanalley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

All across the country, Americans are suffering. In her forthcoming book, Third World America, Arianna Huffington details the economic collapse, and t...

Message in a Bathtub: Does the Death of the Middle Class Spell the End of the American Dream?

Jessica DuLong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jessica DuLong

These days people from across the political spectrum are rallying around a shared goal: They want their country back.

Shahien Nasiripour

Geithner: America Is Less Equal Today Partly Due To Bush Tax Cuts | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The country is less equal today than it was just a decade ago thanks in part to the Bush tax cuts, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Wednesday....

For Energy Reform Advocates, Lessons From Health Care

Matt Bennett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matt Bennett

Both Clinton's health-care reform experience and today's cap-and-trade defeat contain lessons for the next energy reform effort.

The GOP Plot to Screw the Economy and the Middle Class

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Unless Democrats take the discourse by the horns and fight, Republicans will balloon the deficit and undermine the economic recovery in order to give more handouts to the super rich. And the middle class will be an accomplice in its own homicide.

Laura Bassett

Disappearing Middle Class: Bilingual Ph.D. Accepts Rent Money From Church | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Until 18 months ago, Maria Ortiz says she never had to search for a job in her life. As a highly skilled bilingual Ph.D. and the first ever Mexican-A...

Biden Dances the Tough Dances

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

With occasional blind spots aside, Biden's policy breadth is impressive compared to virtually anyone else on the Obama team. Only Bob Gates comes close to Biden's versatility -- and even there, Biden wins hands down.

Is National Opportunity Passing Us By?

Dennis Santiago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

Why are corporations scouring the world looking for skilled labor at reduced costs while ignoring this massive labor pool under their own noses? Why aren't there policy mechanisms coming online to dissuade this?

Consumer Spending Up, But Off Balance: Affluent, Not Middle Class Spending More

Los Angeles Times | Don Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Increased consumer spending has fueled hopes that the current economic recovery will keep getting stronger, but behind the encouraging numbers is a li...

Little Known Bill Could Slash Unemployment

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Relatively few people have heard of H.R. 2568, the Fairness and Transparency in Contracting Act. Yet, the legislation stands alone as the only bill in...

Against All Odds Save the Middle Class, Democracy and the American Dream

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

We cannot let the message machine of the Republican Party lull voters into universal amnesia. Remember these are the same guys that put the nails in the coffin cementing the potential extermination of the middle class.

Laura Bassett

DISAPPEARING MIDDLE CLASS: 60-Year-Old Couple Lose Their Jobs And Home | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In 2008, David LaRochelle and his wife, Debbie, owned two houses: a single-family home in Southern Florida and a double-wide mobile home in Plains, Ge...

Don't Put the Blame on James

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Paul Abrams

The Miami Heat paid a lot of money to three superstars so they could all be champions together. What in our culture has taught LeBron that doing anything differently, for any other reason, is of equal or greater importance?

Defense Industry Giants Block Small Business Job Creation Bill

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

What percentage of Americans would agree that Fortune 500 firms should not be receiving federal small business contracts? 100 percent would be very close, but that doesn't seem to matter to Congress and the Obama Administration.

It's Not Easy Being Blue

Lynn Tilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lynn Tilton

At some point during our transition from manufacturing economy to financial service market, we set a taint on being blue; blue collar, that is.

Forget Obama, Britain Has Its Own Ralph Nader

Indra Adnan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Indra Adnan

After 13 years of a Labour government that spanned 9/11, the Iraq War and global financial meltdown, profound disillusion with centre-left politics has given way to the resurgence of polarisation in Britain.

Jobs Report Proves Congress Should Pass Small Business Bill

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

A little known bill in Congress could be the best shot the Obama Administration has to cut unemployment. H.R. 2568, the Fairness and Transparency in C...

Obama Small Business Forum Was A Slap In The Face To Small Businesses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

I attended the Obama Administration's small business forum in Washington D.C. on Monday, June 28. Virtually every aspect of the event clearly demonstr...

Dog Dyeing: China's Latest Trend (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

There are tons of ridiculous products dog owners can spoil their pets with like tattoos, dresses, and even dog beer, but this may one of the most ridi...

Laura Bassett

The Lower Middle Class Crunch: Too Rich To Qualify For Government Assistance | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

As part of our Bearing Witness 2.0 project, HuffPost is rounding up stories of former middle-class families who are struggling to stay afloat in the r...

In India, Popping Morning After Pills Like Candy

GlobalPost | Saritha Rai | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Fifty years after the pill heralded women's sexual emancipation in the West, emergency contraceptive is becoming a new phenomenon in India. Despite fi...

Obama Small Business Task Force May Ignore #1 Problem

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On Monday, April 26, President Barack Obama announced the establishment of two task forces charged with removing barriers to access, and monitoring go...