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Lost In The Fifties, Middle America Needs STEM Education & Infrastructure

Paula Golden | Posted 12.23.2016 | Education
Paula Golden

At a post-mortem forum on the 2016 U.S. election, Mexico's former president Vicente Fox had choice words for those who elected Donald Trump. Yearning ...

California Democrat Zev Yaroslavsky Tells Robert Scheer Why the State Is a Model for Progressives

Robert Scheer | Posted 12.17.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Neon Tommy / On this week's "Scheer Intelligence," Robert Scheer speaks with Zev Yaroslavsky, one of the leaders of California'...

Rust Belt Rout: The Forgotten Man (and Woman) Strikes Back

Stephen Seufert | Posted 12.13.2016 | Religion
Stephen Seufert

"These unhappy times call for the building of plans that rest upon the forgotten, the unorganized but the indispensable units of economic power, for p...

Are We Going Back to the 1950s?

Barbara Hammond | Posted 12.13.2016 | Politics
Barbara Hammond

How many of you find yourself smacking your head and mumbling, 'What the hell is happening to my country?' I know I'm not alone and it happens so ofte...

A New Political Force and the Future of the Democratic Party

Joe Lauria | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics
Joe Lauria

A new political force in America was unleashed on Tuesday and how the Democratic Party reacts to it could determine its future as a major party. The...

The Plight/Myth of the "Angry Non-college Educated White Male": Who is to Blame?

Washington Osiro | Posted 12.05.2016 | World
Washington Osiro

Shortly after Tuesday's election, I had a long heart-to-heart with someone I consider not only a good friend, but a good being. Matt (not his real n...

What Has America Really Done? Angry "Swing" Voters Elect A New American Oligarchy

Martin Luz | Posted 11.11.2016 | Politics
Martin Luz

You think you voted for Trump, so that he can "shake up" Washington to your benefit. Simple, right? Not so fast. Here is what you really voted for, based on the long-track record of the incoming power elite.

It Takes A Village To Clean the City

Joel Epstein | Posted 10.18.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

This is the golden age of data, right? We're using the internet of things including our phones to run our lives. So why are L.A.'s streets still so ...

We Need A Pipeline, Not A Wall: Tapping Homegrown Talent For 2.4 Million STEM Jobs

Paula Golden | Posted 10.05.2016 | Education
Paula Golden

The United States is tapping out of STEM talent. For two generations, we have systemically limited equitable access to STEM learning by failing to f...

Why Trump May Win Ohio And Pennsylvania

Peter Van Buren | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Trump is very aware of the unfocused anger in the Midwest, and is working hard to use that to get votes. If he takes the swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, it will be because of that insight.

Inside The 2016 Fight For The White Working Class

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.27.2016 | Politics

WICKLIFFE, Ohio ― Joshua Lewis is knocking at a front door when the homeowner pulls into the driveway in a red Toyota pickup truck. Out steps Craig....

Being Trump

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.18.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Trump's campaign is now going to fully commit to "letting Trump be Trump." Because, obviously, the problem all along has been that Trump wasn't being Trump enough. Obviously.

Polls Suggest Donald Trump Probably Can't Flip Rust Belt States

The Huffington Post | Janie Velencia | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics

Donald Trump has placed a big bet in his quest for the presidency: that his appeal to white working-class voters can make him competitive in Rust Belt...

Billionaire Trump Claims Steelworker Status

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Donald Trump stomped into my backyard just days before July 4 and claimed to be a steelworker.

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."

Donald Trump's Industrial Belt Appeal

Real Clear Politics | Marina Fang | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics

In his still improbable path to the White House, Donald Trump has an opening, right through the middle of the country. From the Appalachians to the Ro...

Is the Rust Belt Is the New Secret Capital of American Cool?

David Landsel | Posted 05.26.2016 | Travel
David Landsel

Rich in culture and heritage and also home to large groups of people who could very probably drink you under the table, the Rust Belt and its cities have long provided some of the most unlikely fun you'll ever have traveling the 50 states.

5 Optimistic Electoral Maps for Clinton

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Can Clinton actually break the 400 Electoral Vote barrier? This hasn't happened since 1988, but it used to be a lot more common. In the 10 elections from 1952 through 1988, the winning candidate got more than 400 votes seven times.

Competing Perceptions of the Republican Race

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

How it all turns out is anyone's guess at this point, but at least one Republican faction will be able to say "we told you so" at the end of the process. The questions are who is going to be right, and what it will mean for the party going forward.

How the Rust Belt Is Repopulating Itself

Apolitical | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics

The former powerhouse now known as the Rust Belt -- stretching across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin -- suffered a disastrous economic and population collapse in the past decades as manufacturing jobs dried up or moved abroad. Today, however, Rust Belt cities such as Indianapolis, Colombus and especially Dayton, Ohio, are reinventing themselves as the places to be for new immigrants to the U.S.A.

Trump’s Working-Class Appeal Is Starting To Freak Out Labor Unions

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics

Over the course of five weeks, Working America, the non-union affiliate of the AFL-CIO labor federation, did extensive canvassing in union-dense, blue...

The Knockout Blow Bernie Sanders Refuses to Deliver

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 03.12.2016 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

It is no longer sufficient for Mr. Sanders to "insinuate" corruption. He has to prove it. Until he does, he will fail to deliver the knockout blow his supporters crave and he desperately needs if he is to overcome Mrs. Clinton's fundamentally corrupt advantage with Democratic superdelegates.

Friday Talking Points -- The Dog That Didn't Bark at the GOP Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We had two Democratic debates and one Republican debate last week. The GOP one was shocking -- because nobody said anything shocking! Yes, that's truly how far the Republicans have sunk -- to the Sherlockian level of the dog not snarling in the night being the big news.

Here's How Donald Trump Could Become President

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics

Don't laugh. Donald Trump could actually win this thing. Not just the Republican nomination -- the presidency. It would be very nice if a brand of po...

Why These Two States Are Once Again The Top Places To Retire

Buck Wargo | Posted 09.24.2016 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

The Northeast and Rust Belt are deemed the worst. Among the endless lists of where Americans should retire, a finance website is throwing its hat in the ring with the novel concept that says the best places to retire are exactly the places where so many have already chosen to retire.