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+Bands Bracelets Spread Positivity in Partnership With Mike Tyson Cares

Clarissa Burt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Clarissa Burt

Continuing into his junior year of high school, Hammer began delving into self-help books, esoteric philosophies and music speaking about overcoming obstacles, which really sparked his idea for +Bands.

Pope Francis: I Love This Guy

Neal Wooten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Neal Wooten

As this guy continues to go off script and shoot from the hip, he might be giving nightmares to his advisors and the core Vatican hierarchy, but he's touching a whole segment of the population that other pontiffs have been unable to reach.

Are Politicians Who Cut Food Stamps and Deny Health Access Truly 'Pro-Life'?

Joe Conason | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joe Conason

Whatever anyone may think about abortion, the persistent question for self-styled pro-lifers is why they tend to insist on making life so much more difficult for so many children who have entered the world.

Top 10 Questions You Should Know the Answer to Right Now!

Susie Sampson | Posted 12.30.2013 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

So are you smart and up-to-date?! Do you know the answers to these questions? Who's in the World Series? How many members of Congress are there? Who is Kim Kardashian engaged to?

Jon Ward

GOP Has Forgotten The Poor, Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Remember that time Republicans cared about poverty? Nearly a year ago, the wounds of the 2012 election were still fresh, and it was...

America Shut Down

Kristin Wartman | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Kristin Wartman

I took this photo outside Prospect Park in Brooklyn Friday morning. It seems especially apropos as the government shutdown will greatly affect our mos...

"Love Your Neighbor as Yourself": Failing Grade for Religious America

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Listen to sermons throughout religious America and you are likely to hear variations on the lofty principle featured in both the Old and New Testaments: "Love your neighbor as yourself." But as we well know talk can be cheap.

Watch: Joblessness Is Killing Us

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

What the richest parents want for their children is what the poorest parents want for theirs. Measure their aspiration, however, against the fact that more than 21 million Americans are still in need of full time work, many of them running out of jobless benefits.

Social Inclusion: Four Successful Initiatives and One Missed Opportunity

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Marginalized communities are often situated in slum areas that lack access to proper transportation, Internet coverage and other necessary services that would allow them to become included citizens.

Love Thy Economy as Thyself

Anat Shenker-Osorio | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Anat Shenker-Osorio

The economy doesn't actually have needs, desires or preferences - we do. If our elected representatives, now working on the economy's behalf, want to screw us, we at least deserve dinner first. Something a little nicer than you can purchase with food stamps.

Republicans and Their Myths -- If Republicans Say It, the Opposite Must Be True

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

Republicans, the gig is up. We are on to you. The truth: if Republicans say it, then the opposite is true. So stop repeating the lies, or just stop talking. Let us examine some well-known sound-bites that those on the right love to spout and repeat.

Why The Poor Don't Work, According To The Poor

www.theatlanticcities.com | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact

Conservative Republicans have officially made it their mission to end food stamps as we know them. Such was evident last week, when the House GOP vote...

Food Stamps: Republicans' Erroneous, SNAP Judgment

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Dale Hansen

This obsession over punishing the poor for being poor may play well with the base but turning our backs on millions of Americans in their time of need not only hurts the economy but it makes these Republican politicians look like unpatriotic, elitist bullies.

Dear Congress, Want to Know About the New Poverty Rate? Ask a Working Mom

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

"Want to know what my life is like? Then ask me," said Tianna Gaines-Turner, a childcare provider and mother of three from Philadelphia.

The Building Blocks of Innovation

Sameer Hajee | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Sameer Hajee

Innovation builds on innovation. Our technology and business model five years ago could not have worked. But today, as we combine both old and new technology, we have a fighting chance to alleviate energy poverty... once and for all.

Breakfast With My Mentor

Robert Reich | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

A few days ago I had breakfast with a man who had been one of my mentors in college, who participated in the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s. Now in his mid-80s, he's still active. I asked him if he thought America would ever achieve true equality of opportunity.

Let's Have a Higher Minimum Wage -- and a Lower Maximum Wage

Floyd Elliot | Posted 10.19.2013 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

Conservatives love incentives. Let's pay a top executive 1800 times what a worker makes... because incentives! Let's tax capital gains at half the rate we tax worker's pay... because incentives!

A Dignified Burial At Last For Long Unclaimed Remains

www.npr.org | Carrie Jung | Posted 08.09.2013 | Religion

On a blisteringly hot summer afternoon, about 40 people gather at the Evangelico Cemetery in southwestern Albuquerque. Deacon Pablo Lefebre leads the ...

The Cut-at-all-Costs Congress Needs a Dose of Reality

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

For communities across the country where Republican lawmakers continue to wage war on the poor by cutting their lifeline of nutrition assistance, the question remains: whose side are you on?

The Poor: An Endangered Species?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

More than a billion have been lifted out of poverty in the past twenty years; by 2030, the total number of poor people will be down to 200 million, with virtually none in China.

Ready for School?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It's time for broad bipartisan support for critically important investments in young children. And we must get this right for children: not for test makers, not for adult interests, but for children -- especially the poorest children.

Texas Theocracy: Today They Destroyed the Republican Party

Vivian Norris | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Vivian Norris

God was nowhere near the signing of that bill into law today in Texas -- nor was the Constitution of the United States of America.

Republicans and the Parable of the Boiling Frog

Lori Day | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Lori Day

The GOP has begun to turn up the temperature on the pots of water a bit too quickly, ensuring the frogs will jump out. Watching the gathering protests and escalating anger in Texas, Ohio and North Carolina these past two weeks has given me hope that people are paying more attention.

The Death of Equality of Opportunity -- An Intern's Perspective

Rahfin Faruk | Posted 08.27.2013 | College
Rahfin Faruk

The days of the paid internship -- where interns could expect to make a livable wage -- being the norm are long gone. What's left is something far more systemic and scary. Equality of opportunity in America is on the decline. With that decline comes a decline in diversity, voice and upward mobility.

'Living Paycheck to Paycheck Would Represent an Improvement'

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

It's time to raise the minimum wage and to ensure all hardworking Americans are adequately and fairly compensated so no hardworking person has to choose between heating their home and having transportation to work.