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The World Has Problems? Ask Your Kids to Solve Them!

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Fifty
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

What happens when 2,000 kids from around the world show up in Ames, Iowa to solve world problems? They get solved, and by some of the brightest kid's who are between 10 - 18 years old!

More Jobs Now, But Where Is U.S. in Economic Cycle?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 10.06.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Friday's report showing U.S unemployment fell and 162,000 jobs were added in July was positive, especially on the heels of news that second-quarter GDP grew at an annual rate of 1.7 percent.

Waiting in Vain for the Quick Fix

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

The economic problems in the U.S. and Eurozone are mostly structural, not monetary. Unfortunately ideologues and politicians on both sides of the spectrum are interested in quick fixes rather than the real groundwork of economic progress.

Geithner: Congress Could Do 'A Lot Of Damage' To The Economy By Not Acting

Reuters | Posted 09.22.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) - A wave of tax increases and billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts would cause "a lot of damage" to the frag...

A World Without China

Ann Lee | Posted 03.10.2012 | Business
Ann Lee

Whether it is nurturing more innovation, retraining unemployed workers, or reining in our addiction to debt, the only thing standing in the way of the U.S. from solving its problems is U.S. leadership.

This Year's Grinch May Be The U.S. Economy

Posted 11.17.2011 | Business

There may be one silver lining to the economic cloud hanging over the United States this holiday season: The odds of having to put in an appearance at...

Global Recession? Jobs Gone? Everyone a Scapegoat.

Larry MacDonald | Posted 12.07.2011 | Business
Larry MacDonald

If you want to know when the recession will be over and things back to normal, just look at the dates and overlay the 11.1 year cycle, and you will be pretty close to prognosticating the recovery.

By Forcing Tough Decisions, Republicans Are Adults in the Room

Gary Shapiro | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Gary Shapiro

While Democrats are sticking to the old script, Republicans seem to have grown up a little. On a nationwide scale, Republicans are spurning feel-good solutions and vague promises. Instead, the GOP is offering tough decisions and priority setting. And it seems to be working.

'ONN': Economy Failing Because U.S. Built On Ancient Indian Burial Ground

Posted 08.02.2011 | Comedy

"Republicans want the curse to hold so they can paint Obama as being soft on poltergeists..." How many times have we heard that argument from a pun...

Manufacturing "Rebound" a Bust -- New Data

Ian Fletcher | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

I don't enjoy saying "I told you so" on this one, but it appears that the much-heralded manufacturing rebound is indeed a bust.

Robert Reich Predicts A 'Revolt Against Wealthy'

Bloomberg | James Pressley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The bargain broke down when middle-class America buckled under global competition and labor-replacing technology. Reich blames what happened next on t...

Chris Martenson: The U.S. Economy Is 'Dangerously Close' To Experiencing Stagflation

Sherry Shen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

"When people ask me -- are we [experiencing] inflation or deflation? I say 'Yes'. We are experiencing both right now," economic researcher Chris Marte...

Most Low-Income New Yorkers Have Less Than $1K In Their Bank Accounts

Crain's New York Business | Daniel Massey | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

A survey of low-income New Yorkers shows that two-thirds have less than $1,000 in savings to fall back on should even tougher times hit, while one-thi...

Manufacturing and the Limits of Comparative Advantage

Ralph Gomory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ralph Gomory

Vague talk about future innovations, a post-industrial society, or an explosion of services exports is not the stuff on which to bet the prosperity of a nation.

USA Today Needs to Check Its Facts: The Priority is the Economy

Kety Esquivel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kety Esquivel

Catherine Singley, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Earlier this week, our friends at the Immigration...

Obama Signals Shift in Governing Philosophy

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

He is not just saying we need to improve government operations. He's saying we need to put this issue front and center and then he is taking real action.

Maintaining Presidential Popularity During a Recession

Darrell West | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Darrell West

Obama is a gifted public speaker whose ability to inspire hope, confidence, and optimism is legendary. He relates well to ordinary folks and understands how to communicate in terms people understand.

Get Business Tax Cuts Out of the Stimulus Plan

Ross Eisenbrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ross Eisenbrey

The money in this economic stimulus package is a small down payment on what is needed to give the U.S. the world class infrastructure we need.

Dear Hank (A Letter to the Departing Treasury Secretary)

Jacki Zehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jacki Zehner

It has been over six years since I left Goldman Sachs where I had the honor of working for you. I am sorry that your time serving our great country was not more of a rewarding experience for you.

Happy Holidays Hollywood!

Ariston Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ariston Anderson

Just how much is the credit crunch going to affect Hollywood? Film elite like Sir Ben Kingsley, Penelope Cruz, Gus Van Sant, Dennis Hopper, Darren Aronofsky and others weigh in.

Unemployment? They Need Workers!

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

Forget statistics, those numbers are people, and I'm one of them. Here are actual phone calls made over one week period to the Unemployment development department in California.

Obama Right to Reassure Wall Street Markets With Rubinauts But Also Needs Econ Advisors Who Stand for Main Street

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

We can only hope that Obama balances the smart Rubinauts whom he has picked to lead his economic team with some equally smart pro-Main Street economic minds.

Can We?

Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

I'm not ready to return to the same non-adrenaline-rush grassroots work that propelled Obama and the Dems to such a decisive victory.

America: Get Your Financial Act Together

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

It would be as irrational to allow the Ayatollahs to build bombs as it would be to allow Wall Streeters to run amok again building their weapons of financial mass destruction.

A Citizen's Pledge To President-Elect Obama

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

We will... Give your administration the benefit of the doubt when you initiate policies we personally disagree with but that are part of your overall recovery plan.